Event:         Last Chance Community Pow Wow

Theme:       “Honor The Children”

When:         Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - September 30, October 1, and October 2

Where:        Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds - Exhibit Hall - Helena, Montana

Admission:  FREE



The 23rd annual Last Chance Community Pow Wow in Helena kicks off with a spectacular display of Native drumming, dancing, food, crafts, and fun on Friday, September 30th at the Exhibit Hall, Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. Native Drum Groups at the pow wow will provide the powerful music for dancers, in traditional regalia, from all over Montana, the northwestern US, and Canada.

The theme of the pow wow is "Honor The Children". One of our missions is to help teach our youth the many traditions of Native American culture and to share this with their peers to create a better understanding between Native and non-Natives. Children are involved in all our functions which includes drumming, singing, dancing, regalia making, and fundraising. It is important for them to participate in cultural activities so they stay in touch with their heritage and can share with others and pass the traditions on to their children.  Children are the light and future of the Native culture.

During the first day of the annual celebration, Native dancers and drummers gather at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds from 10 AM until noon to provide Native dancing, drumming and cultural exhibitions specifically for local elementary school children.  The dancers and drummers always make “Demonstration Day” meaningful, fun, and educational for our area youth as we celebrate Native American Awareness Week.

Beginning Friday evening at 6:00 pm, the Last Chance Community Pow Wow celebration officially begins when dancers enter the arena during Grand Entry.  Grand Entry is a colorful display of young and old dressed in traditional regalia, dancing to the “heartbeat” of the drums.  Grand Entry is a must see!

Vendors will line the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, selling Native American arts and crafts.  Our famous Frybread, Pow Wow Indian Tacos, soft drinks and many other items will be available at our concessions stand.

The Saturday schedule will include two sessions. The afternoon session starts at Noon and the evening session at 6:00 pm.  The final grand entry will start at Noon on Sunday, followed by competition dancing.  Winners of the dancing categories will be announced on Sunday at the end of the session. 

The Last Chance Community Pow Wow invites and welcomes everyone to this FREE community event.  Don’t forget, there will be round dances and intertribal dances that are open for ALL to dance in the circle.

Mark your calendars for September 30, October 1, and October 2 at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds for the Last Chance Community Pow Wow.  For more information, call 406-439-5631, email lccpw@hotmail.com, visit our website at lastchancepowwow.com, or like us on Facebook.


Mark Your Calendars

Grand Entry, Session 1:            Friday, September 30th at 6:00 PM

Grand Entry, Session 2:            Saturday, October 1st at Noon

Grand Entry, Session 3:            Saturday, October 1st at 6:00 PM

Grand Entry, Session 4             Sunday, October 2nd at Noon

Last Chance Community Pow Wow Events are held at:

Exhibit Hall, Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds