Montana Winter Fair Hosts Unique Events

Lewistown’s Montana Winter Fair definitely qualifies for having unique events. My favorite yodeler is Wylie Gustafson of Yahoo fame and he and his band, The Wild West, were performing an evening concert to kick off the Montana Winter Fair weekend. That was enough to get me to pack my bags and drive to Lewistown. The concert was held in the Grand Hall of the Eagles on Main Street. Thank goodness I had a ticket because … Read more

Newfoundland Dog Volunteers at Lewis & Clark Center

I stopped by the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls last week and saw a very large black dog laying on the floor just past the foyer. As I walked closer to the dog I expected it to jump up and greet me. Nope! That dog barely blinked until I rubbed his head and gave his ears a little scratch! Buddy, the big Newfoundland dog, volunteers along with his owner at the Lewis & Clark … Read more

Building Haybale Cre-HAY-tions

I’ve been thinking for the past 12 months about the MT Bale Trail: What The Hay event and trying to come up with something unique for my bale entry. I had recently been baking cupcakes and had an idea. I thought I could take several of the big round bales and attach chicken wire to them, add a colorful top with an inexpensive vinyl tablecloth and I’d have the perfect haybale cupcake. Attaching the chicken wire and … Read more

White Sulphur Springs Puts On A Show

I recruited my kids and grandkids for a weekend in White Sulphur Springs over Labor Day this year. They were excited to go but those who had never been there asked what would we do. Well…cue my list of activities and recreation! First of all, the drive over the Kings Hill Scenic Byway on US Hwy 89 is always a pleasure. The Lewis & Clark National Forest straddles the highway and there are several scenic pullouts. The leaves … Read more

Montana Island Challenge – 12 Hours of Mountain Biking

This year was my first time to attend the Montana Island Challenge, a fundraiser for several youth groups in Lewistown, Montana. The event consisted of a 12 hour night time mountain biking ride starting Friday, August 19 at 7pm and ending at 7am Saturday morning. Saturday’s other events were a half marathon and two 8K and 11K hikes. I was not a participant, instead I was a spectator who took photos of the mountain biking event. I thought the mountain biking course was rugged … Read more

Dupuyer’s Annual Grizzly Day Does Not Disappoint

Saturday morning – a cup of coffee, gas up the car, remember my camera – and I’m on the road. My destination was Dupuyer, Montana, a small town about 85 miles northwest of Great Falls on the Rocky Mountain Front. There are two routes to get to Dupuyer from Great Falls. I chose to take US Hwy 89 on the way to Dupuyer so I could be closer to the foothills of the Rockies. That route took … Read more

Chief Joseph Ride Follows the Nez Perce Trail

Sometimes you have to be patient. Thirteen years ago I missed seeing the trail riders complete the last leg of the annual Chief Joseph Ride and enter the Bear Paw Battlefield south of Chinook, Montana. I told myself I wouldn’t miss is again. The downside – I had to wait thirteen years to see it! The Nez Perce National Historic Trail is 1,300 miles long stretching from Lapwai, Idaho through southern Montana and then ending … Read more

Lewis & Clark Festival in Great Falls

Each year members of the Portage Route Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation dress in period clothing at the Lewis & Clark Festival and demonstrate skills that would have been used in the early 1800s. This annual festival is held in Gibson Park, downtown Great Falls, the third weekend of June each year. The Portage Route Chapter is named after the arduous portage the Lewis & Clark Expedition did around the series of waterfalls … Read more

Russell Auction Breaks All Records

The C. M. Russell Museum‘s The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C. M. Russell Museum had a record-breaking weekend March 17-19, 2016. Their annual event consisted of three auctions starting with Art In Action Friday morning and early afternoon, then the First Strike Auction Friday night and ending with Saturday night’s The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C. M. Russell Museum. That Saturday night event title is record-breaking in length! Both evening auctions … Read more

Western Art Week in Great Falls

This past weekend was Western Art Weekend in Great Falls, Montana. The city becomes the Western Art Capital of the World during the third weekend in March which is nearest to Charlie Russell’s birthday. Great Falls claims Russell although he was born in Missouri and came to the area when he was sixteen. He spent the first few years working as a cowboy and night wrangler, painting while he could. Some historians say it was living … Read more