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28th Food and Gift Festival

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The 28th Annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival happened on Sunday, and thousands stopped by.

This event is so big that vendors from Idaho and Florida came out to sell merchandise.

Mack Productions President, Kim Welzenbach, said the 2013 event is the biggest show they've seen.

"I do know that we have doubled in the number of booth spaces as well as attendances, and from what the exhibitors and the vendors are saying, that people are spending a lot more than they ever have," said Welzenbach.

Welzenbach says over 200 vendors came out this year, which is an increase from last year.

"Exhibitors have run out of some of their merchandise and had to go back and get more," said Welzenbach.

The Nutty Montana Owner, Dennis Davies, said he's here because his path changed three years ago.

"We had two furniture stores and the economy went bad, so I totally changed what I was doing," said Welzenbach.

Davis said he travels to Missoula, Helena, and Bozeman for shows.

"We roast nuts and we do fudge and we kind of travel around, but we do have an almost permanent spot at Shipton's on the West End," said Davis.

Davis also said he's seen a big increase in revenue from this weekend.

Welzenbach said hundreds of canned donations were brought in and will go to the Montana Food Bank Network to help families in need.