The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research
This study was conducted for the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous to provide insight into the characteristics of attendees to the thirtieth annual event. Paper surveys were completed by 82 attendees of the event. Results show that 65% of attendees were residents of Montana and of those 63% came from outside of Fergus County. Visitors spent an average of four nights in the Lewistown area. More people spent money on restaurant/bar, hotel/motel, and retail goods while visiting the area than other spending categories. Respondents to the survey reported total spending of $36,852 in Lewistown/Central Montana. Results provide event organizers with the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Central Montana Tourism Region with useful data for future event planning, making improvements to the event, event marketing/promotion, and understanding visitor spending associated with the event.