Spontaneous Construction

SponCon 2019 was on Saturday, September 14th!

SponCon is the nittiest, grittiest, smashin-est, bashin-est, clangin-est, bangin-est, creativist, barbaloot savin-est party in town!

Stay tuned for the announcement of the date for SponCon 2020.

SponCon 2016 photo by Ronni Flannery

Designed to inspire a culture of reuse with a free, engaging community activity, Spontaneous Construction, or “SponCon” for short, has become an annual Missoula tradition. Contest participants have seven hours to use their choice of Home ReSource materials to build the most beautiful, functional, and creative pieces they can dream up.

We provide a variety of enjoyable, inventive reuse activities, music, and access to local food vendors for contestants and spectators alike. The event draws teams of artists, DIYers, and builders to create works of art and utility, as well as approximately 500 onlookers just there for the fun. After the judges announce winners, some pieces are auctioned on site, and top-judged creations go to the Benefit Auction.

9 a.m. – Building contest begins
11 a.m. – Kids activities open; Food trucks start serving
1:30 p.m. – Found sound explosion
4 p.m. – Building contest ends
5:30 p.m. ’til it’s over – Prizes & closing party

DJ Mermaid – 9 to 11 a.m. – A wax aficionado, spins a fun upbeat groovy set, blending genres to get those hips shaking. She is the host of “Hot Wax – Ear Candy New Music Showcase,” a weekly radio show on Alt 105.5 Sundays at noon.
MizZuki – 12 to 12:30 p.m. – We are Missoula-area students, teachers and families engaging in music through the Suzuki method. We learn and play classical and folk music on violin, viola and cello. We gather throughout the year for various activities, and our signature event is the Montana Suzuki Institute, a music camp presented by the Missoula Symphony Association.
Cello Mafia – 1 to 1:40 p.m. – The Cello Mafia is a team of adolescents who like to spend their time playing pop music on cello. The group is led by Jessica Catron of Grow Music Missoula.
Found Sound Explosion – 1:45 – 2 p.m. – anyone who wishes can bang and clang on a variety of unique instruments constructed at Home ReSource for 30 minutes of joyful noise. No clang/bang experience necessary!
Westfork – 2 to 2:50 p.m. – Westfork is the acoustic love child of Missoula music scene stalwarts Kaya Juda-Nelson (Local Yokel), Kira Bassingthwaighte (Honeybutter), Sam Ore (Shakewell), and whenever possible, Jed Nussbaum (Dodgy Mountain Men). Congealed in this past winter’s clutch as a songwriting vehicle, the project has since germinated into a kinetic live performance that features four vocalists, four soloists, and four distinct tunecrafting styles spun around the timbres of folk and Americana. While the metaphors may run amok, the common thread is a taut string band with a bloodhound’s nose for a good time.
New Old Future – 3:10 to 4 p.m. – We are a garagey, lo-fi, high desert rock four piece band from Missoula. Some people say we sound a little like the Pixies… We love being involved in the Missoula community, wether we are making music or supporting a great cause like sustainability. Currently we are working on a studio album and folks can hear our last album at newoldfuture.com 🙂
Straw Hat Riots – 4:15 to 5:30ish p.m. – Straw Hat Riots is Montana rock to the core. Drawing on influences from country, funk, bluegrass, hard rock/metal, and indie folk, this band finds a way to connect to the whole audience. Their original music is both authentic and timeless, speaking to life’s struggles, joys, and mysteries. Every member of Straw Hat Riots brings their marked energy and unique style, creating an upbeat, unforgettable show.

SPONCON 2019 KIDS ACTIVITIES (for kids of all ages)
Spin Art
Home ReSource-asaurus
The White Hole
Giant Jenga
Marble Run
Found Sound Studio
Wooden Building Blocks & Corn Hole from Heritage Timber

River City Eats serving delicious American-style food 11 a.m. until around 6 p.m
Two Crows Tacos serving authentic Mexican from 11 a.m. until around 6 p.m
Big Dipper Cone Boy Truck serving cold treats around lunchtime
Big Sky Brewing brews, spiked seltzers, and Virga sparkling water
Free water for all!

In an effort to extend our culture of safety to SponCon, NO DOGS are allowed at Home ReSource on SponCon day. Please make arrangements to keep your furry friends away from all the activity. Thanks!

Thank you to our Welders: Good Food Store, Missoula Federal Credit Union, Meyer, Shaffer, Stephans, and Republic Services for your support of Sponcon 2019! Thanks also to our other SponCon 2019 sponsors: Pneumatic Nailers: Bad Goat Forest Products, Biga Pizza, In2itive Architecture, Summit Property Management, Inc., Zoo City Apparel Caulkers: Cedar Mountain Software, Estep and Weber, Morrison Maierle, Inc., Vogelzang Physical Therapy Duct Tapers: Black Coffee Roasting Co. & Garlington, Lohn & Robinson In-Kind Sponsors: Bernice's Bakery, Big Sky Brewing Co., Missoula Indoor Ads/missoulaevents.org, The Trail 103.3, & We Trade Network