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Ten Spoon Presents: A Rocky Mountain Spoken-Word Showdown

September 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

We are excited to announce that on Saturday, September 22nd we are hosting A Rocky Mountain Mountain Spoken Word Showdown~! We want to host an event that highlights the quality of talent in our area, reminds our regional community that we are available as a signature location for progressive, artistic and family friendly events, and that is a blast for all involved.

This will be a widely advertised/promoted event that intends to have a regional draw by having a super fun day that’s by the artists, for the artists…and free and open to the public all day (11a-9p) . We’ll provide fun and safe environment for free artistic expression with fun, open competitions and several non contest-based activities, and you bring your creative spirit!

We will have five stage areas set up around the vineyard to accommodate all events. These include:

Morning Meditiation
Independent Artist’s Market/DIY Creation Station
Food Vendors
Guest Speakers
Act Writing Prompt/Performance Contest
Rap Battles
Spontaneous/Slam Poetry Contest + Painting
Comedy Contest
Pre-Written Poetry Contest
Middle School Angst Competition
Musical Acts/Awards

(detailed descriptions below)

If you would like to be involved in organizing, trade prizes for sponsorship mentions and logo placement on promotional materials, talk more about media coverage, or have a good idea…please contact us! We have the folks on-hand to make this a truly exciting and fun event, but we want this to be a signature community celebration of the spoken word and the arts, and we’re warmly open to others being involved. All inquiries can be directed to our coordinators via or Thank you so much for your time and we look forward to seeing you at Ten Spoon’s first Rocky Mountain Spoken Word Showdown!

And remember…

Ten Spoon Presents: A Rocky Mountain Spoken Word Showdown

September 22nd


Ten Spoon Winery and Vineyard

4175 Rattlesnake Dr

Missoula, MT 59802


Morning Meditation: Attendees and participants are invited to come up and enjoy the early morning silence of our 20+ acres of pristine Rattlesnake greenspace, and prepare for a beautiful, calming day.

Independent Artist’s Market/DIY Creation Station: An all day sheltered space where artists, publishers, authors, resources for creatives and more are encouraged to bring in materials to sell and promote in a bazaar style market, open to anyone and no registration fees. We will also have materials to make your own spontaneous zines, poetry books, and other crafts.There will also be kids events in this general area.

Food Vendors: We will have food vendors on site for the duration of the event, and refreshments and light fare including non-alcoholic options available for sale in our tasting room.

Guest Speakers: At least 3 guests of honor will be announced closer to the event who will share their craft of spoken word throughout the day.

Act Writing Prompt/Performance Contest: Anyone can bring in a five minute script, whether classic or custom written, and put it in a jar. Groups of friends can sign up on a clipboard, and will spontaneously perform the scenes throughout the day based on random lottery and short prep time afterward. The group voted best will win prizes.

Rap Battle: Registration will open in the morning. During this portion of the event Rappers will have 90 seconds to spit their best rhyme, and the audience will vote on the best.

Spontaneous/Slam Poetry Contest + Painting: Similar to the rap contest, except spontaneous poetry. Each registrant will be matched with a spontaneous painter on a board behind them. Prizes for best performer and best painter. A jazz band will also be available for spontaneous accompaniment!

Comedy Contest: Pre-Registration opens in the morning, 1-2 hour block, 3-5 minutes per performer based on number of registrants. Prizes awarded based on audience vote.

Pre-Written Poetry Contest: Anyone can bring a pre-written piece of poetry and drop in a ballot box. These will be judged after the event, and the winner will be published on our website and mailed prizes.

Middle School Angst Competition: Bring in a piece of authentic embarrassing writing from Middle School or High School and read it aloud. Audience votes on prizes for various categories announced that day.

Closing Musical Act/Awards: We will have live music smattered throughout the day, with full sets at the end while we tally the votes from ballot boxes at each mini-event, and we will end the event by announcing winners.

Best Regards,

The Ten Spoon Team


September 22, 2018
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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