A gathering for supporters of the Republican Party in Hamilton on Saturday, October 17 will feature three high-profile politicians, including former Congressman Lt. Col. Alan West.

Picnic organizer Gary Carlson said, in addition to Col. West, there will be other well-known Republicans on hand.

"We're having one of the biggest events ever in Hamilton for those interested in the elections, because the Republican Party is putting on a barbecue at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds and it's already sold out with over 400 tickets sold," Carlson said. "We have Lt. Col. Alan West from Washington D.C and he's going to be the main speaker, however, we'll also have Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke, Greg Gianforte and Brad Johnson at the picnic."

Carlson said the tickets were $45, but despite being sold out, any returned tickets will be available at the door.

Lt. Col. Alan West (USMC ret.) is a former Congressman from Florida, while Ryan Zinke is Montana's lone Congressman. Gianforte has launched an exploratory bid to be Governor of Montana.