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The 70th Montana Seed Show Dedication


March 6, 2019

Elsie Bertelsen, of Harlem, was on the original seed show committee that planned the first Montana Seed Show in 1948. She was a junior in high school and was asked by the county extension agent to serve on the 13 member organizing group. The coming show set for March 14-16 will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the only surviving seed show in Montana.

This 70th year of the Montana Seed Show book is dedicated to all those who have worked in any way to keep Montana's only Seed Show thriving. So many people have helped in countless ways including planning, donating, exhibiting, setting up, taking down, preparing delicious food, providing interesting programs, entertainment, judging, serving as chairman and department heads. The list goes on and on. Special gratitude goes to the many businesses in our area who have so generously supported this event over the decades. Also appreciation is extended to the Harlem Schools for use of their facilities throughout the years.

The 2019 Seed Show Committee (L-R): Front row - Shirley Brockie, Karolee Cronk, Sandy Miller, Dale Klungland, Jack Siemens. Back row - Kellie Rasmussen, Paul Rasmussen, John Schneider, Vicki Hofeldt and Makayla Hofeldt. Not Picture - Julie Snedigar and Susan Billmayer.

Without all the donated time and effort of so many others, the show would not have continued to furnish the variety of events, exhibits, and programs that have been produced over the past 70 years. Since the beginning, many new areas have been added such as the quilt show, the art show, the health fair as well as chili cook-offs, other contests and the children's activity day to further enhance the event. And without the attendance of everyone, the seed show could not have carried on.

To all those both past and present who have contributed so much to the success of this ongoing exposition, we give thanks and are proud to dedicate this 70th year book to you.


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