Maggotfest is a world famous rugby tournament hosted by the Missoula All-Maggots Rugby Club, since 1977, in Missoula MT, USA. The emphasis at Maggotfest is on both the competition of the sport and on the social aspects of rugby. Clubs attend from all over the world, US and Canada. Maggotfest regularly features top first and second division clubs looking to test their skills, as well as social sides out for good matches and good times. Teams are encouraged to not only play great rugby, but are HIGHLY encouraged to win the party, wear costumes, play with sportsmanship, and have fun!
Including: Mens, Womens, College, & Old Boys.
2 games Saturday. 1 Game Sunday. 30min Halves
20 Player Roster - First Paid, First Accepted
$20 Cups - Refills Available at Pitch, Downtown, & Party. 21+ ID Required.
Maggotfest is a festival-style social rugby tournament, not a bracketed tournament: We try to match teams of similar abilities that would not normally get to play each other (Ex: from opposite ends of the country). If you’re in it to win it, the coveted trophies are Most Honored Side and Best Play on the Pitch (see below for details).
Every side gets two games Saturday, and one Sunday. Each match consists of 30min halves.
Up to 48 teams: Men’s, Women’s, College, and Old Boys.
There's plenty of opportunities for additional games, as this is a rugby whore's paradise or simply a social ruggers dream festival.
As always, we look forward to giving away the Most Honored Side Trophy. Over the years we've given the award to such great sides - teams that have played well but have also been a pleasure to host. Many teams play hard but forget that rugby is more than game. The sides that stand out may not win every game, but they make everyone smile when they remember Maggotfest. We want to give your team the trophy this year.
We have games Thursday evening too. The Maggots will play an invited Host side (would you be interested?). The Flies (Maggots over 35), the university men and women each have a Thursday night game. This is followed by a great pig roast and drink up with a beer trailer full of Big Sky Brewing kegs right at the pitch. All free to the host sides. Afterwards downtown to Bodega, our host bar, after dark. It's a great time!
Previous guest teams have been top clubs from exotic locales such as England, Arizona, New Zealand, Australia, New Jersey, Canada, to name a few. If your club is interested in being the Host Side at a Maggotfest, let us know as soon as possible, since this slot gets filled early.
The Maggots have a tradition of taking the host sides down the Lochsa River on a white water rafting trip on the Friday of Maggotfest with Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures. This is a really awesome wilderness adventure, but it is also big whitewater, and as such has dangers associated with it. This must be taken seriously, and is not for everyone. The cost is ~$60. All that said, we’d love to have anyone that would like to go. There are usually about 5 Maggots that go along. Please contact the whitewater trip ogranizer to learn more.
If you'd like a hand setting up a tour on your way to Fest, let us know. We have lots of connections in Montana, western US, northern Rockies, western Canada, and the Pacific NW.
The entry fee $500 US for a 20 player roster. (Contact us if you will have more than 20 players). Click Register Now button below to sign up and you will be presented with options to pay online via Squareup, or mail a check to Box 8704, Missoula, MT 59807Teams will be accepted on a first paid basis.
Maggot Fest is a USA Rugby sanctioned event and all participating teams need to meet the following requirements. We have to submit the list of teams participating 6 weeks prior to Fest, so please get this done asap (late team adds will be accepted, as long as you meet the following requirements and USA Rugby Oks you). It is critical that you convey to the Maggots your exact team name as listed at USA RUGBY ROSTERS, as this is the team name we will be submitting to USA Rugby; no abbreviations, slang, etc. Any teams that USA Rugby identifies as not in compliance will be notified and will have to attain compliance or will not be allowed to participate.
We will be on the new Fort Missoula Regional Park, just a few blocks west of the current location, with 8 full size high quality pitches. This will be one of the premiere sports complexes in the country….. you won’t want to miss this inaugural event!
Maggot Fest 2017 will be held on the 3rd weekend in May 20th & 21st 2017. There are lots of reasons for this, but in 2017 we will be on the new park, which means we have more flexibility in scheduling, and waiting longer will give the turf a little more time to take hold. This is an experiment: if it goes well, we will leave it on the 3rd weekend, if not, we may move it back to the 1st weekend of May.
We’ve always been limited to 36 teams due to the limitation of 6 pitches, but with 8, we will be accepting up to 48.
We have to have an even number of teams for each division (Men’s, Women’s, Old Boys). If you are the last to sign up and odd numbered, you will be placed on a wait list and be notified. If we are unable to get you in, your entry fee will be refunded in full.
With more capacity, we will be running an Old Boys Division. We have had an ever growing number of Old Boys teams in years past. We had 5 in 2016, and could have had 6 if we had room. Our target is 8 but will take more if there is interest, and we will be marketing specifically to Old Boys teams so spread the word. If the mix is right, we may do 4 teams that are 35-45 and 4 that are 45 and over, so that guys are playing guys closer to their age.
The Fest will open this year with the Famous Friday Night Drink-Up which will start at 8:00 at the at the Monk’s Club (downstairs from the Bodega Bar). We look forward to pouring your club a few beers and getting them into the Fest Spirit! Captains can sign their clubs into the Fest and collect team packets. Your packet will have a schedule for your games on Saturday.
Matches start @ 10: 00 AM, Saturday. Each match will have two 30 minutes halves with no injury time. In order to keep on schedule, referees will whistle up the game at the appointed hour, so please have your team ready to play on time. This year, the games will be at the new Fort Missoula Regional Park, just a few blocks west of where they’ve been the last 20 years. Fort Missoula is located on South Avenue, just west of Community Hospital. Basically, find South Avenue and Reserve St, head west until you hit the roundabout and you’re there.
Sunday’s games begin at 10:30. Sunday matches will be posted on the Schedule Board at Fest Central on Saturday afternoon. Captains, it is your responsibility to find out what time your match is on Sunday, and have your team ready to play!!! If you will not make your Sunday match, the time to tell us is on Saturday!! If you do not make your Sunday match, your team will not be invited to the MaggotFest the following year!
Saturday's party begins at 8:00 PM at the Llama Barn at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. A Shuttle bus will run from downtown (across the street from the Missoula Club back and forth to the Fairgrounds every half hour, on the hour and half hour). The spring air could be on the chilly side, so make sure your lads and lasses dress accordingly.
If you need anything, feel free to contact this year’s Fest Fixtures Chair: John “Otto” Oetinger at 406-370-6886 or my co-chair, Lance Osler 406-552-2001. Call or text if you have a problem.
We’ll be at registration Friday night and around the fields all day on Saturday and Sunday. Customer service is our motto, so let us know if we can help you have a great time at the Fest!
Unfortunately, even MaggotFest has rules. Only some are our idea - most are the law! Here they are and please inform your players. Trying to host 1000+ rugby players is big job and we need all the help we can get.
All motels are within 15 minutes of the fields at Fort Missoula.
* indicates lodging that is commonly popular with Maggotfest Teams
|Holiday Inn*||406-721-8550 (4 blocks from bars)|
|Bel Aire*||406-543-3183 (4 blocks from bars)|
|Red Lion Inn*||406-728-3300 (7 blocks from bars)|
|Days Inn||406-543-7221(2 blocks from bars)|
|Campus Inn||406-549-5134 (8 blocks from bars)|
|America's Best Value Inn||406-728-4500|
|Brooks St. Motor Inn*||406-549-5115|
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