MISSOULA – The 14th annual University of Montana Spring Thaw will take place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 8, on the UM Oval.
This year’s event will include an hour and a half of bluegrass music by the Lil’ Smokies, a dunk tank featuring students and faculty from UM, a variety of carnival games, picture opportunities with Monte, a raffle, local food and more. Designed to celebrate spring and the end of the semester, Spring Thaw is free and open to the public.
The Lil’ Smokies have won the Missoula Independent’s Best Band award the past two years and have continued to gain popularity since they exploded onto the scene in the winter of 2009. They captivate audiences with their progressive bluegrass style and have shared the stage with Steve Martin, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
The Lil’ Smokies will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. Before the music begins, participants can enjoy a variety of fun and engaging carnival games and a performance by UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area.
For more information visit the Spring Thaw Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/umspringthaw or follow @UMEMSpringThaw on Twitter and Instagram.