Backroads of Montana

Since 1991, the Backroads crew has traveled across Montana visiting its unique people and places. The series airs regularly on MontanaPBS.

Cakes and Cowboys (No. 131)

First Aired Sunday, November 08, 2009

Meet "The Cake Ladies," and see what may be the world's largest Tonka toy collection.

This episode of Backroads travels first to Park City, where everyone will tell you that the best angel food for miles around comes from "The Cake Ladies." In Great Falls, we'll visit a special site that honors fallen soldiers and pays tribute to living veterans. We stop in the central Montana town of Winifred to see what may be the world's largest Tonka toy collection. Finally, we visit a working cowboy singer on his ranch south of Wibaux. William Marcus hosts the program from Malta. 

Backroads of Montana, the popular travelogue series on Montana PBS, presents an all-new episode on Sunday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. (The program will repeat on Saturday Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m.) The program, subtitled “Cowboys and Cakes” begins with sisters Tia Kober and Fritzi Idelman in Park City who are known as the “Cake Ladies.” They bake what locals say are the best angel food cakes around. They’re assisted by a coop full of chickens who produce two dozen eggs a day. Producer Gus Chambers spent a day with the sisters and learned all, or nearly all, their secrets. Producer John Twiggs found a smile-producing surprise in the small town of Winifred. The museum there hosts what could be the world’s largest Tonka toy collection. Viewers will get a fast-paced tour from a five-year-old boy. Twiggs also visited the Montana Veterans Memorial in Great Falls. It’s unique in that it honors living veterans as well as those who have died.

A grassroots project, the memorial quickly grew beyond its planned size. The final story profiles Bob Petermann, a cowboy, rancher and singer of old country tunes who lives on a ranch south of Wibaux. Petermann is well-known at Cowboy Poetry gatherings across the west. Backroads host William Marcus, a Wibaux native, interviewed Petermann on a ridge overlooking the eastern Montana Badlands. Marcus’s host segments were filmed in the Montana High Line community of Malta, with stops at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station, the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge, Malta High School and an evening at a Malta Mustangs football game. Backroads of Montana is a production of MontanaPBS, a collaborative effort of The University of Montana and Montana State University.

Cakes and Cowboys