The August 4 – 6 fest will bring a diverse group of artists to its stage just outside of Cardwell, Mont., including Los Lobos, Cheap Trick, Shannon Curfman, Indigenous, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Additional acts are expected to be announced soon.

Promoters learned a thing or two from last year’s festival and are making some changes to the venue, including planting grass to minimize dust.

Spray stations will be available for cooling off and a well has been dug to provide additional drinking water – besides the bottled variety – for festival-goers.

Even as event promoters and investors work to ready stages and campgrounds for the event, Jefferson County Attorney Valerie Wilson said promoters and the county are still working through an arbitration action to settle last year’s bills. The county says the 1999 show rang up about $19,000 in service costs, a figure that promoters dispute.

Wilson says the arbitrator is expected to rule the week of June 12. In the meantime, both parties are working together to come up with a cost estimate for the 2000 festival in advance.

“We all think that’s better than fighting over it for nine months after the event,” Wilson said.

Concert tickets will cost $80 until June 1 and $100 after, and are good for the entire three days. Campers must purchase separate camping permits for $40.