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Our colleagues in Missoula’s sister city Palmerston North, New Zealand had a great turnout for their inaugural Missoula Day Celebration, November 26. According to Kate Harridge, International Relations and Education Advisor for the Palmerston North City Council, “they fielded many questions from the community about Missoula in general, but also why sister city relationships are important and how they add value. They met many Kiwis and Americans who had spent time in Missoula or Montana”. Destination Missoula and the Downtown Partnership were instrumental in gathering Garden City merchandise and getting it in time to the display booth on the Palmerston North Square. They had set up an info tent with colorful merchandise we had collected from Missoula businesses, like Lake Missoula Tea Company and Bayern Brewing. Missoula stickers, postcards and small Montana flags were popular among the kids. Winners of the hot-dog-eating-contest received Missoula T-Shirts and baseball caps. Talk about ambassadors for Missoula, our colleagues in Palmy set a new standard! This inaugural celebration of Missoula, Montana and America was featured in the KECI evening news. Click Here for the online article, with additional info.


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