Summer Kick-Off

I always feel that summer officially begins when Memorial Day weekend rolls around. Communities throughout Montana’s Russell Country take this cue, as all of our seasonal museums and visitor attractions open up at least by Memorial Day. This past weekend I spent some time in Chinook, MT and took in the Memorial Day services there. Community pride shines through as speeches remind us that there is truly a reason for this holiday, aside from getting a 3-day weekend. Through … Read more

International Migratory Bird Day

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 16th. From 9am to 5pm there will be activities that should entice just about anybody. There will be two guided bird walks, one at 9am, one at 11am. I know the lady leading these walks and she will teach everyone something! Bring your binocs and, of course,  some good walking shoes. A 98 minute film titled “Winged … Read more

Motherin’ Up Gathering of Poets & Pickers

White Sulphur Springs, MT hosts an impressive list of cowboy poets and pickers May 8-10. The gathering is called “Motherin’ Up”. Daytime sessions are free to the public and poets rotate each hour starting at 10am. Attendees will be able to hear performers from Montana, Canada, and North and South Dakota. Saturday evening’s performance is $12. A nondenominational cowboy church service begins at 9am Sunday. Concessions will sold by local 4-H clubs and you’ll also … Read more

Squirrel (Gopher) Hunting Contest

Ground squirrels, locally called gophers, are considered pests by farmers and ranchers because of the hundreds (seems like thousands) of hazardous holes they dig. This Saturday, May 9th, in Choteau, MT there will be a gopher shooting contest sponsored by Wings and Wild Things in an effort to keep the gopher population from causing more harm. The contest starts at 9am Saturday in Choteau. Hunters need to check in with Wings and Wild Things gun … Read more

Calling All Car Enthusiasts

It was a great weekend for car collectors, for people who just like to admire really cool cars, and for those who just like to get outside and attend an event. Cruisin’ The Drag was held Saturday in downtown Great Falls, MT. Central Avenue was blocked off for about 8 blocks and over 500 car entries lined both sides of the streets. From jazzed-up muscle cars to unique things like a hearse turned motorhome, there … Read more

What The Hay – What An Event!

If you are in need of some good old fashioned chuckles, drive to Utica, MT Sunday, September 7, 2008. The annual What The Hay event takes place roadside between Hobson, Utica and Windham, MT. Area ranchers build haybale cre”Hay”tions and use the words hay, bale or straw in their title. There are usually about 50 entries, some using square-corner bales, some using the big round bales. Election years sometimes feature candidates in the bale entries. … Read more

Grizzlies, Good Food and Much More in Dupuyer

Dupuyer, MT, located north of Choteau on US Hwy 89, hosts their annual Grizzly Day Saturday, August 2nd. You probably won’t see any grizzlies but Dupuyer is near prime habitat for these huge top-of-the-food-chain critters. Activities throughout Grizzly Day include Hands of Harvest artisans displaying their work, horse drawn wagon rides, a great variety of food, children’s games, Dutch oven cooking demos, a horse handling clinic, greased pig calcutta and the always popular Great Dupuyer … Read more

Annual Lewis & Clark Festival Held in Great Falls, Montana

For the past 19 years, Great Falls, MT has been the site of an annual Lewis & Clark Festival. This year the festival included a living history encampment at Giant Springs Heritage State Park, two outdoor concerts at the amphitheater near the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, and ongoing Native American tribal traditions being demonstrated. After a quick tour of the Center, we took some photos, both inside and outside. The diorama portraying the Lewis … Read more

Rodeos and Rhubarb

Conrad, MT offers two days of afternoon rodeos and a variety of community events during their 68th Annual Whoop Up Trail Days June 7 & 8, 2008. The ever-popular Rhubarb Festival will be featured also. The rodeo grounds are about 3 miles northeast of Conrad and easy to find…just follow the pickup trucks! Rodeos start at 2pm Saturday and Sunday. For those who crave a piece of rhubarb pie, roll out of bed when the sun rises and … Read more

Montana Festival of the Wind

The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer regarding what to do on the weekend of June 20 – 22, 2008 is to experience Harlowton’s Festival of the Wind 2008! A sampling of events includes a motorcycle rally, rodeo and road tour, alternative energy conference, tours of the nearby wind farm, golf scramble, 20 mile bicycle ride, fun run, arts & craft sale, chili contest, kite building, windbag contest, dance and musical entertainment. What … Read more