Ernie would be proud!

Ravalli County Museum Director Tamar Stanley said over 300 entries to the Ernst Peterson Photograph Montana Contest had been received by the original contest deadline, January 28. That was much more than they had expected.

In fact, it's created an unusual problem for the Ravalli County Museum. There were so many entries, the Museum ran out of display mats. They went shopping and bought out the remaining supplies in the valley, and they were still short.

The lack of display material has caused a delay in opening the exhibit. More mats are expected next week.

So, museum officials decided to turn the problem into an opportunity. They have reopened the entry period with the new deadline February 8th. The exhibit opening is now scheduled for Saturday Feb 11 from 9am to 1pm. The contest is held in honor of the late Ernst Peterson, who was a premiere photographer in Bitterroot Valley, specializing in landscape photos, mainly black-and-white and hand-tinted photos.

Stanley said one category that could use a few more entries is the Junior category. This is a new category and entries are available at the Ravalli County Museum at South Third and Bedford in Hamilton. Call 363-3338 for more information.