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The Welcome to Montana highway sign donated to the Prickly Pear Land Trust for their upcoming banquet and auction.

HELENA – Attendees to Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Harvest Moon Banquet next month will be able to bid on a pretty unique item.

The old "Welcome to Montana" highway signs were donated by Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Commerce to land trusts across the state to sell or auction off, said PPLT executive director Mary Hollow.

Proceeds from the auction of the sign will be split, with half going to PPLT and the other half being divided between two organizations: Travelers for Open Lands and the Montana Association of Land Trusts.

The idea to reuse the signs for a conservation purpose is a great one, Hollow said.

The sign that PPLT will auction off at the banquet is on display at the Blackfoot River Brewing Company in the upper taproom.

This year’s Harvest Moon Banquet will be held Sept. 26. The theme is “On the Rise” to recognize the land trusts recent work in helping establish the first fishing access site on Prickly Pear Creek just outside of Helena, along with their continued efforts at conserving working lands and important wildlife habitat.

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Tickets to the event are $75 and can be purchased through the land trust’s website at pricklypearlt.org or by calling the office at 442-0490. Hollow anticipates another sellout for the event with between 450 and 500 people attending. The banquet will feature live music, along with a silent and live auction.

“I think there’s a really strong contingent that goes to this every single year, which is why it’s so successful,” she said.

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