Chariot Races, Kids Activities, Live Music and Raffle During Spring Thaw Event at UM

April 30, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Entertainment Management Program will host the 12th annual Spring Thaw event from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, on the Oval. The event celebrates spring and the Missoula community and is free and open to the public.

“The UM Oval will be the scene of three hours of peace and music,” said UM student Bree Dunham, Spring Thaw public relations coordinator and a UM student. “Participants can look forward to live music, a raffle, the highly anticipated chariot race, a variety of kids’ activities, sporting events and more.”

Live music will be performed from 5 to 7 p.m. In the spirit of Woodstock, local talent Baby Tyger will perform cover songs of various Woodstock legends and Voodoo Child will perform a tribute to Jimmy Hendrix.

The chariot race event consists of teams racing homemade chariots around the UM Oval for bragging rights and cash prizes of $500, $250 and $150. It costs $45 dollars per team to enter. A team consists of three members. There are a limited number of entry spots available to the general public. For more information and details on how to register, email

This year’s kids’ activities include a bouncy castle, face painting, spectrUM Discovery Area science activities and kids’ sporting events.

Other activities include a UM faculty/student dunk tank, UM dance performers and timed skill games delivered in a “Minute to Win It” format.  

Raffle tickets will be sold before and during the festival for a chance to win prizes, which include tickets to a Dave Matthews Band Labor Day concert, a $50 gift certificate to the Southgate Mall, a limited edition Jimmy Hendrix-autographed lithograph, a golf bag and more. Participants do not need to be present to win raffle prizes.

For more information visit, follow @UMEM_SpringThaw on Twitter or follow @SpringThaw2014 on Instagram.



Contact: Bree Dunham, UM student and Spring Thaw public relations coordinator,