Judge Orders Limits to Live Music at Swap Meet

By Beacon Staff

A Flathead County district judge has ordered a preliminary injunction against the Midway Swap Meet limiting the hours live music can be performed, following complaints from residents in a neighboring RV park.

The injunction comes on the heels of a temporary restraining order, both of which prohibit the performance of amplified live music between 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. at the Midway Swap Meet, the new weekend festival at the site of the drive-in movie theater between Whitefish and Columbia Falls.

Helen McClouth, manager of Glacier Peaks R.V. Park and Mini Storage, filed a complaint in June that live music was being performed as late as 9 p.m. at the Midway Swap Meet, causing a disturbance to her and residents of the R.V. Park, particularly those on its east side, where the property abuts the swap meet site.

Judge Stewart Stadler granted the injunction June 28, and set a July 29 date for a contempt hearing against the owners of the Midway Swap Meet to pay the plaintiffs’ legal costs.

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