Sharing Central Montana

Central Montana had a booth at the International Sportsmen’s Expo in Denver, CO last week to tout the benefits of a visit to the tourism region. Initial estimates for attendance at the sportsmen show came in at around 40,000 – oh yeah, lots of people! Attendees were lined up each morning for the four-day show, waiting for doors to open. Lots of folks were interested in fishing and many wanted information about upland game bird hunting. We … Read more

Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals Held in Great Falls

The 34th Annual Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals wrapped up this afternoon after four performances of riding, roping and wrangling. Montana Expo Park in Great Falls was the site of the action as it kicked off Friday night. Top cowboys (even Jesse Kruse, a world champion) drove big rigs in to town loaded with horses, saddles and tack necessary for the show. Sell-out crowds (capacity is 4,500 people) packed the Four Seasons Arena Friday and Saturday nights … Read more

Brian Morger’s Art Gallery Opens

Downtown Great Falls has really seen a blossoming art scene the past couple of years with new studios and galleries opening. Brian Morger recently opened his studio and gallery at #6 7th Street North, just a few steps away from Central Avenue and across the street from the O’Haire Motor Inn. I stopped in last Friday evening during the First Friday Artwalk (first Friday of each month) and wandered around the gallery. I wasn’t the only one curious … Read more

Nativity Sets on Display Until January 7

We have such a unique display in Great Falls – wish I would have written about it sooner when I first visited there a few weeks ago! Local Great Falls resident Carol Olthoff has collected nativity sets for many, many years. She has received them as gifts, purchased them and then sometimes she just “finds” them! Her husband and her son have their insurance offices on the main floor of the Columbus Center, 1601 2nd … Read more

New Year’s Day Hike at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

I set a goal New Year’s day – get some Christmas decos taken down and put away, and then I hoped to get out to First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park in time for a “First Day” hike there. A national association of state parks had designated New Year’s Day as a time to do a “First Day Hike”. This year was the first I had heard about it and several of our Montana state … Read more