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'Fairy Village' returns to Bozeman

'Fairy Village' in Bozeman (2023)
'Fairy Village' in Bozeman (2023)
'Fairy Village' in Bozeman (2023)
'Fairy Village' in Bozeman (2023)
Posted at 11:12 AM, Aug 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-30 13:24:58-04

BOZEMAN — The fairies of Bumblewood Thicket are here for a limited time at Glen Lake Rotary Park to spread their magic and share their houses with kids and adults alike.

“You know, they have silliness in their name, but actually it's pretty serious, to me anyway. It's like, the more delight and wonder you can put out in the world, the better," says local artist Maggie Clark.

Random Acts of Silliness has hosted the Bumblewood Thicket Fairy Village for four years. Clark has been coming to see the fairy houses every year and is excited to add to the magic.

“Everything they do is magical. So I thought, Oh, that would be fun to do," says Clark, "and plus, the artists like Vincent Vangrove who needed a new house.”

Executive Enchantment Director Danielle Thomsen says Random Acts of Silliness started this village at the beginning of the pandemic as a way to spread creativity and entertainment. Now, years later, people are still enjoying the fairy magic.

'Fairy Village' in Bozeman (2023)
'Fairy Village' in Bozeman (2023)

“Last year we estimate about 15,000 visitors. This year, we have a really fancy trail counter and we have had in the two and a half years we've been open over 2,500 visitors already,” says Thomsen.

For both Thomsen and Clark, it's not just about the art, but the happiness it brings people.

“Seeing and hearing visitors of all ages, just completely delighted, never fails," says Thomsen. "People are so, so excited. So touched by the art.”

Clark says, “Just hearing the delight and the joy when people come through here has just been really fun.”

The Fairy Village will be visible to human eyes until the night of September 17th, 2023.

Bumblewood Thicket Fairy Village is self-guided, free, and open to all during park hours of 7am to 10pm. Click here to visit the website.