e h T
Yellowstone County • Carbon County • Stillwater County • Big Horn County
Where to Go
What to Do
What to See
COME SEE THE SPECTACULAR
RELIVE THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION – CAPTAIN WILLIAM CLARK’S RETURN ALONG THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER – THROUGH THE JOURNALS AND THE MAPS.
April 28 – Sept. 30: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. October: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission $7 Per Vehicle
COME AND STAND WHERE CAPTAIN CLARK STOOD
and witness the only remaining evidence of the Expedition along the trail • Interpretive Programs • Displays and Events All Season! •
Free Admissions Events
POMPEYS PILLAR NATIONAL MONUMENT PRESENTED BY FRIENDS OF POMPEYS PILLAR IN CORPORATION WITH BLM + ALL INTERAGENCY PASSES HONORED AT POMPEYS PILLAR 1-94 Exit 23, 28 mi. East of Billings • (406) 875-2400 www.PompeysPillar.org • www.blm.gov/mt 3039 Highway 312 Pompeys Pillar, MT.
www.laureloutlook.com - Explorer 2018 - 1
Photos courtesy of Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.
Drive to the top of the world The Beartooth Highway was the brainchild of Dr. J.C.F. Siegfriedt, a local doctor who wanted to lure tourists to the Red Lodge area that was financially suffering from a waning coal industry. To obtain federal aid, Siegfriedt teamed up with O.H.P. Shelley, founder of Carbon County News, and Congressman Scott Leavitt. Together, the men successfully lobbied for the passage of the Park Approach Act in 1931. The act allocated funds to build roads to national parks. The pass was opened in 1936. The Beartooth Highway begins in the mountain town of Red Lodge and quickly starts climbing steep switchbacks. After winding 20 miles through 50-60 million-yearold mountains, you come to a pullout that provides excellent panoramas of the Beartooth Plateau. From here you can see the Hell Roaring and Silver Run Plateaus to the north. Glacier Lake is also visible, and if you look hard enough, you might even spot a mountain goat or other wildlife. From here, the road keeps ascending and reveals magnificent canyons carved by the Clarkâ€™s Fork River. Thirty miles from Red Lodge, you reach the summit of the pass at 10,974 feet. Shortly after, you come upon the only service area along the entire highway at the tiny settlement of Top of the
World. The descent provides views of many mountain lakes. Besides breathtaking landscapes, look for wildflowers and wildlife. Wildflowers grow below treeline in the summers. Indian Paintbrush, monkeyflower, senecio, buttercups, lupine, arrowleaf, balsamroot, beardstongue, and forget-me-nots are among the wildflowers that carpet the country along the Beartooth Highway. Drive with caution and keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bears, grizzly bears, and moose. When you decide to drive the Beartooth Scenic Highway, take your time. There are many excellent recreational opportunities along the way. There are numerous hiking trails off the road, including some that lead to Island Lake and Beartooth Lake. You can take off for a short day hike or a long multi-day trek. The Beartooth Loop National Recreation Trail is an excellent 15- to 20-mile hike that goes past the original site of Camp Sawtooth, formerly an exclusive vacation retreat. Cross country skiing is also possible in early June and July. The pass is closed to cars in the winter but is groomed for snowmobiles. For Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road email: info@ beartoothhighway.com
2 - Explorer 2018 - www.laureloutlook.com
The Explorer is published by Yellowstone Newspaper Group. 415 East Main Street, Laurel, MT 59044. Phone: 406-628-4412 Email: email@example.com Managing Editor: Kathleen Gilluly Desiger: Evan Bruce Advertising: Linda Swaggerty, John Hart Copyright © 2018 by Outlook Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means, mechanical or electronic, without the expressed consent of the publisher. Cover photo and the photos on these two page are courtesy of Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.
Yellowstone Newspaper Group is the publisher of the Laurel Outlook and the Welcome! Visitors Guide, weekly publications that serve the communities of Laurel and Billings, Montana. The century old Laurel Outlook is published every Thursday. It contains general news of local happenings in Laurel, Park City, Molt, and Joliet, as well as information from other communities around the Laurel trade area. The Welcome! Visitors Guide is a weekly entertainment and information publication that is distributed in hotels and motels in Billings, Laurel, Columbus, and Hardin. It is published weekly in Laurel and distributed on Thursdays. Both the Laurel Outlook and the Welcome! Visitors Guide are available online. For the Outlook, go to www. laureloutlook.com, or find us on Facebook! (Note: Yellowstone Newspaper Group. is not a regulatory agency and, therefore, has no authority to inspect or direct the businesses or agencies included here.)
Museum AT THE Montana Historical Society
Billings............................................................................ 5 Laurel........................................................................... 12 Lewis and Clark........................................................... 16
The Stillwater Area...................................................... 18 Stillwater Events........................................................... 21
Beartooth Hwy............................................................... 1 The Carbon County Area...................................... 22, 26 Red Lodge.................................................................... 23
Big Horn County
The Big Horn Area...................................................... 28 Hardin Events.............................................................. 30
Big Medicine, Montana’s famed white bison
Shop the MUSEUM STORE for Montana made gifts and books
225 North Roberts, Helena (800) 243-9900 or (406) 444-2694
Explore online at montanahistoricalsociety.org
www.laureloutlook.com - Explorer 2018 - 3
The front of the Chief ’s House (Photo by Donaldson) • Native Heritage Day (Photo by Fontana)
Chief Plenty Coups State Park Chief Plenty Coups State Park holds many attractions. Our Visitor Center hosts interactive exhibits about Crow culture and on the Chief ’s life along with our book/gift shop. Chief Plenty Coups’ National Historic Landmark house and store are preserved. There is a ¾ of a mile walking trail that winds around the park going past the sacred spring, the Chief ’s apple orchard, Pryor Creek, and the grave site for the chief, his wives and adopted daughter. Many people come to the sacred spring to enjoy the tranquility. There are picnic areas with barbeques, a playground, and horseshoe pits for pleasant afternoon picnics. The creation of this State Park was part of Chief Plenty Coups’ dream to have a space where all peoples could come together to learn about each other. Chief Plenty Coups’ life encompassed a period of transition from nomadic to a sedentary way of life for the Crow Tribe. There is a rich history here, preserved and protected by the Crow Tribe and the State of Montana. The Park hosts several cultural community events throughout the year. There are programs at the Park on select day’s during the summer months, Day of Honor and Heritage Day during September. In addition to public-welcome events, Chief Plenty Coups State Park also hosts teacher trainings and school field trips with standards-based curriculum, as well as tours for groups. During the summer, the park is an excellent choice for a day trip, a stop on a further road trip to Yellowtail Dam, or a stop-over point for travelers heading into the Pryor Mountains. Birders enjoy the park in both summer and winter as the Park hosts a stunning variety in both seasons. Winter sport lovers come to the Park in the winter time to cross-country ski or snowshoe.
4 - Explorer 2018 - www.laureloutlook.com
Photos courtesy of Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.
The Spiked Olive
Gourmet Olive Oils & Vinegars
10% Off Purchase* Enjoy for yourself, or share as a gift 1216 16th St. W #37 Billings, MT TheSpikedOliveTaproom.com Billings, Montana
*Coupon applies to Spiked Olive items only
Cycling Made Easy & Affordable!
BIKE SALES + SERVICE
COLLIN HANSON 406. 690. 2648 firstname.lastname@example.org collinsbikeshop.com
Financing Now Available
Through Valley Federal Credit Union Alpine Village 1120 16th St. W. Suite 1, Billings MT
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. WWW.COLLINSBIKESHOP.COM
www.laureloutlook.com - Explorer 2018 - 5
Billings Billings Is “The Magic City”
Shaped by the Yellowstone River and sheltered by the sandstone Rimrocks, Billings is a place of forever views and forever memories, where urban amenities and modern convenience meet the edge of the genuine frontier. Where the adventure of the untamed wilderness and history are out your front door. Conveniently positioned in the region as the largest city between Calgary and Denver, Spokane and Minneapolis, Billings proudly serves a trade area of over 500,000 with diverse shopping, award-winning cuisine, arts and culture. Warm genuine people take the time to welcome you and greet you with a smile. Unparalleled access to some of the most breathtaking and historic wonders in the United States including Yellowstone National Park, Beartooth Highway, Bighorn Canyon, Little Bighorn Battlefield, and Pompeys Pillar make Billings an idyllic destination for connecting to the best that Montana offers.
Billings, population of around 167,000, is located in south-central Montana. The county seat of Yellowstone County and largest city in the state, “The Magic City,” is the region’s economic hub. Major industries include agriculture, energy, healthcare, education and tourism. Popular attractions include the walking brewery district in Historic Downtown Billings, Montana’s only zoo and botanical park, contemporary and western museums, several theaters, music venues, a state-of-the-art public library, and a countless number of outdoor community festivals. The weather can range from over 100 degrees in the summer to below zero in the winter, offering ample opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to experience all four seasons. More than 5,000 hotel rooms along with recreational, cultural and adventurous experiences, as well as numerous retail and restaurant offerings and several hundred thousand square feet of flexible meeting space are ready to accommodate any traveler’s needs and preferences.
6 - Explorer 2018 - www.laureloutlook.com
2 Rimrock Road 17th Street West
17th Street West
13th Street West
Zimmerman Tra il
38th Street West
32nd Street West
Shiloh Roa d
19th Street West
Monad Road South 20th St. W
South 32nd Street West
t es d W Roa e l King Avenue East King Ave n u
King Avenue West
14th Street West
King Avenue West
15th Street West
Hardt 1.Farms Yellowstone Valley
Central Avenue South 24th Street West
Memorial Park 2. Mountview Cemetery 3. Sunset Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum 4. Holy Cross Cemetery
3 Billings Canal
Broadwater Avenue 16th Street West
32nd Street West
Grant Ro a d Overland Avenu e
Shiloh Roa d
I 90 US 212
Ri v ne
Pierc e Pa
I 90 US 212
Zoo D riv e
I 90 US 212
North 48th Street West
Yel low sto ne
www.laureloutlook.com - Explorer 2018 - 7
East Alkali Cr eek Roa d
Airpor t Road
B illings Canal
th 30 Division Street
# Park & Trails
1. Poly Vista Park 2. Zimmerman Park 3. Centennial Park 4. Stewart Park 5. Rose Park 6. Amend Park 7. Riverfront Park 8. Pioneer Park 9. South Park 10. Swords Park / Yellowstone Kelly
h ut So
v ws t on e R i
h ut So
e nu ve
G arden Avenue
Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site
11. Castle Rock Park 12. Lake Elmo State Park 13. Two Moon Park has walking and/or hiking trails
I 90 US 212
So uth Frontage Road
10 To Huntley
To Chief Plenty Coups State Park pg. 25
Yellowstone County Museum
Logan International Airport
. Rd er Riv ne sto ow
vd Bl ck
Lake Elmo Drive
Castle Rock Park
Wicks Lane Nottingham
Lake Elmo Drive
King Avenue East
Jac kson Street
South Billings Boulevard
v tA 1s
el ur La
I 90 US 212
ue en Av
h ort rth eN No nu ue ve n A e v d r A ue 3 d en 2n
5th Street West
8th Street West
el ur La
v hA 6t
e re St
Lewis Avenue 6th Street West
or eN u n
th 27 rth No
Two Moon Park
8 - Explorer 2018 - www.laureloutlook.com
Points of Interest Billings Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
Be sure to stop by the Billings Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 815 South 27th St., near I-90 Exit 450. Enlist the help of one of the knowledgeable volunteers, pick up a map, a phone book, and a variety of visitor guides and begin your trek through Billings, Montana’s Trailhead. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., call (406) 245-4111, or check out visitbillings.com.
Alberta Bair Theater
Nature Education Along the Yellowstone Summer Camps
Field Trips 7026 South Billings Blvd 406-294-5099
• Heated Salt Water Pool • Fitness Center • Free Hot Breakfast • Free Wi-Fi All of our rooms are suites with fully equipped kitchens. Enjoy your morning coffee in our luxurious seating areas.
2480 Grant Rd, Billings, MT • (406) 652-7106
The Alberta Bair Theater for Performing Arts (ABT), at 2801 Third Ave. North in Billings, opened in January of 1987. It is the largest performing arts theater between Minneapolis and Spokane and is home to the Billings Symphony and Community Concerts. Learn more by calling 406-256-6052 or visit albertabairtheater.org.
The two-story Babcock Theater building, at 2812 Second Ave. North, covers 1/4 of a city block in the center of downtown Billings. Built in 1907, it houses a 750-seat performing arts theater, apartments, and main floor retail spaces. The building has had only three owners in 106 years and has recently undergone extensive internal and external restoration. The building has been accepted for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Look for events at babcocktheater.com.
Billings Public Library
The 66,000 square foot Billings Public Library, designed by Will Bruder + Partners, opened Jan. 6, 2014. Features include a radiant atmosphere full of natural light, a story time tower, easy-to-use checkout systems, public computing areas for children, teens and adults, free public wifi, comfortable seating throughout, community meeting rooms, study rooms, cafe - and much more. Hour are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to 510 N. Broadway or www.billingslibrary.org
www.laureloutlook.com - Explorer 2018 - 9
Dehler Park, on the corner of 10th Avenue North and 27th Street, is the home of the Cincinnati Reds baseball farm team, the Billings Mustangs. Get tickets at BillingsMustangs.com or 406-252-1241.
MetraPark - an arena pavilion, expo center and fairgrounds - is a community facility hosting events from ice shows, sporting events and concerts, to large trade shows, and the annual August MontanaFair and rodeo. The Rodeo Hall of Fame, with its memorial bronze sculpture and wall of champions, survived June 20, 2010, Father’s Day tornado. Take I-90 Lockwood Exit 452 and follow the signs to MetraPark at 308 Sixth Ave. North. Purchase event tickets at MetraPark.com or 406-256-2400.
Boothill Cemetery Monument
The Boothill Cemetery Monument, on the corner of E. Airport Road and Route 87, is a burial ground for two score residents of Coulson - a rough and ready forerunner of Billings - most of whom “cashed it in with their boots on.” Buried here is Muggins Taylor, the scout who carried the news of Custer’s Last Stand to the world. The last burial at Boothill was in 1882.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 5 Office
The Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 5 office is located at 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. From Highway 87 or Main Street, turn west on Wicks Lane. Lake Elmo Drive is the first street. Turn right (north). The office is 1 mile north of Wicks Lane at Lake Elmo State Park. Learn more at 406-247-2940 or fwp.mt.gov.
Lake Elmo State Park
Bring your family and friends Lake Elmo State Park, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive. This 64-acre reservoir inside the city limits of Billings is a great place to swim, boat, sailboard, fish, picnic, birdwatch or stroll on the 1.4 mile hiking/nature trail. A special feature of Lake Elmo is its Dog Park. The 200-square-foot fenced in area includes a water area and is located on the west side of the lake. Each visitor is allowed a maximum of two dogs in this special area. Dogs must be 4 months or older. Dogs must be on a leash in all other areas of Lake Elmo State Park. The park is open daily all year from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Two Moon Park
Two Moon Park, named for the Northern Cheyenne chief who fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, borders the Yellowstone River on the south and a steep, forested bluff to the north. A grand loop trail runs around the park, but it is intertwined with numerous other paths and trails, some through open meadows and others ducking under Hansel-and-Gretel-like bowers. On the downstream end of the park, the Weeping Wall, shot through with seeping springs, attracts a great variety of birds and mantles the cliffside with sheaths of ice in the winter. At the upper entrance to Two Moon Park, you can hop onto the paved Dutcher Trail, which continues north to the far end of the Heights and upstream to Coulson Park.
Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center
The Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center strives to help sustain the natural heritage of the
Yellowstone River watershed through education and research. From Interstate 90, take Exit 447 traveling south on South Billings Boulevard for just short of a mile. The center is on the right, 7026 South Billings Blvd., Next to Norm’s Island Dog Park. Free admission. Check online for events and guided tours that happen year around.
Yellowstone County Museum
A hidden treasure western history enthusiasts will delight in discovering, the Yellowstone County Museum has exhibits dedicated to ranch life, historic firearms, and one of the largest collections of American Indian artifacts in the region. Stop by on you way out of the airport parking lot (on you right before you leave Terminal Cirlce, around the parking lot, in the log cabin.)
Billings newest shopping center. The home of Shiloh 14, the new movie theater, and Scheels. Get your shopping done at any of the many stores then get your thirst or hunger satisfied at the many restaurants, coffee, and desert shops.
Moss Mansion Historic House Museum. At 914 Division Street, you can park on any of the side streets and mind the one ways. Come and enjoy the guided tours thru the house. Explore the house and see original artwork, clothing, and artifacts showing the history of the historic Moss family mansion. Then swing through the massive garden, that’s used for several yearly events. www.mossmansion.com Tues.-Sun.: Noon - 3 p.m.
More listings on next page…
10 - Explorer 2018 - www.laureloutlook.com
Downtown Billings has something for anyone. Spread from Montana Ave to 6th Ave N. and from Division St. and 20th St. Experience the best food in town. See the best shows that Billings own actors put on throughout the year. Shop around the two of the state’s biggest antique shops. Stay at the hotels and spend the whole day experience Downtown. www.downtownbillings.com
Downtown Brewer Trail
Downtown Billings is home to several breweries and each one is walking distance of each other. Spend the day going to each one and experience the taste of Montana.
Pictograph Cave State Park
Just south of exit 452 from Billings, the Pictograph, Middle and Ghost caves were home to generations of prehistoric hunters. A loop trail allows visitors to view the rock paintings, known as pictographs, that are still visible in Pictograph Cave. Start your visit at the visitor center. www.stateparks.mt.gov/pictograph-cave/
Yellowstone Art Museum
The YAM was founded in 1964 in the former Yellowstone County Jail building. The YAM is a nationally recognized accredited museum through the American Alliance of Museums–one of only 2% of museums in the country to share this honor. The YAM hosts a contemporary art auction in the spring and a summer arts and crafts fair each year. The YAM is open year-round, six days a week. It is closed Mondays and selected national holidays. The YAM continues to retain its place as the leading contemporary art museum in the state of Montana. www.artmuseum.org
Events in Billings Downtown ArtWalk
The 2018 season of ArtWalk is the first Friday of June, August, October, December 2018 and February 2019. Artists from all over the area come and display their artwork at various stores and businesses throughout Downtown Billings. Grab a map at any participating location and take a stroll to visit each spot. From 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Yellowstone Art Museum is always open and free during ArtWalk often with special guests, music and shows. Stop at the Downtown Alliance for info on the
Downtown Farmers Market
Every Sat. starting mid-July • 8 a.m. - Noon The Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market 2018 season starts July 22nd and runs through October 7th every Saturday. It is downtown at the intersection of 2nd Ave. and N Broadway. Open 8 a.m. - Noon. The biggest farmers market in the area attracting a horde of sellers that takes up a 4-way intersection from streetlight to streetlight. Goods on sale include, fresh vegetables, honey, meat, plants, baked goods, and freshly cooked meals to name a few.
National Trails Day.
June 2nd Free Admission. Pompeys Pillar National Monument. 3039 Highway 312 Pompeys Pillar, MT. www.pompeyspillar.org
June 2, Moss Mansion | 9 a.m. Join us for the 30th annual SpringFest at the Moss Mansion! This juried art festival features regional artists and their original handiwork for sale, musical entertainment and a wide variety of refreshments for every taste. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m., booths opening at 9:00 a.m., and as the sun powers up so does the fun! Shop and mingle among the booths and the gardens in the shade of the trees on the lovely grounds of the Moss Mansion until 4:00 p.m. Enjoy artist demonstrations and lively musical acts throughout the day. The mansion is also open all day at regular admission prices. 914 Division St. | www.mossmansion.com
Montana Renaissance Festival
June 2-3, 2018 | Opens 10 a.m. Step back to a time when romance and chivalry abound. Enter a magical world where Knights, Lords, Ladies, and Fairies play, a time where people took pride in their craft and trade. Come thee hence and explore the Renaissance Festival! The largest event of its kind in this area, the Montana Renaissance Festival is a time to revel in the atmosphere of a 16th Century European Country Festival. Explore the bustling market place. Mingle and interact with costumed characters and enjoy their endless merriment and mayhem. The Festival will host the Knights of Epona in full
contact armored jousting tournaments! Watch gallant Knights defend their honor until the last man is left standing! Cheer your favorite Knight to victory as he competes for his Ladies’ honor in this thrilling full armored Joust. www.montanarenfest.com Visit the Montana Renaissance website for more details. It will be updated as entertainment and vendors are confirmed! Located at Zoo Montana. 2100 S. Shiloh Rd.
June 9 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Located in the streets of downtown Billings, the Strawberry Festival is a long-time cherished community event that opens the summer season on the second Saturday in June. In the heart of our urban center, experience rich diversity in arts and crafts, fresh produce and strawberries, the scents of food-truck fare from Asian to BBQ , live street entertainment, and a 60′ strawberry shortcake created by the Chefs and Cooks of Montana. With an interactive children’s area including free crafts and activities for all ages, this draws people throughout the northwest region to Downtown Billings under Skypoint at 2nd Ave N. and Broadway.
July 13-15 Summerfair is the region’s largest arts and crafts festival—an annual summer event featuring some of the best artisans, craftspeople, and entertainers in the area. This exciting event attracts more than 10,000 people and is a wonderful way to share the joy of art with friends and family. Summerfair Eve Friday, July 13 : 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July: 14 : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans Park, 13th St. West & Polly Dr., 406.248.8579 www.artmuseum.org
Montana Brews & BBQ
July 14, 1 - 11 p.m. The 8th annual Montana Brews & BBQ’s will take place Saturday, July 14th in the beautiful Lakeside setting at MetraPark. What makes this a true “Brewfest” is that it is outdoors and features only keg beers from Montana. Kegs are used because it offers the purest and freshest beer. It is the only true “Brewfest” in the state. All of the local breweries will be there along with many others from throughout the state. Many of
2018 Alive After 5 Schedule The Downtown Billings Alliance is pleased to announce the Alive After 5 summer schedule. The concert series will open with Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band on Thursday, June 7th from 5pm-8pm at the Pub Station, 2502 1st Ave. N. Alive After 5 will take place on Thursday evenings from 5-8pm in downtown Billings, starting on June 7th and continuing through August 30th. There will be no event on July 5th, the week of Independence Day. Every concert will take place at a different downtown venue, each with its own variety of music and cuisine. The entertainment will range from local favorites to nationally touring bands. Admission for Alive After 5 remains free for the public but includes a $2 cover charge for an alcohol wrist band. Details and band information can be found at www.downtownbillings.com
June 7 Pub Station -------- Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band June 14 Commons 1882 --------------------------------------- Exit 53 June 21 Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill------------ Parker Brown June 28 Hooligan's Sportsbar-- Bucky Beaver Ground Grippers July 12 Walker's Grill---------------- John Roberts Y Pan Blanco July 19 Montana Brewing Co.--------------------------The Wench July 26 Tiny's Tavern--------------------------------- Yabba Griffith Aug. 2 Café Italia---------------------------- Carolyn Wonderland Aug. 9 Wild Ginger-------------------------------- Brickhouse Band Aug. 16 Don Luis------------------------------------------ Dirty Power Aug. 23 Pita Pit ------------------------- Not Your Boyfriend's Band Aug. 30 Northern Hotel--------------------- The Midlife Chryslers
the breweries will showcase seasonal brews typically not available year round. Hours will be 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. MetraPark, 308 Sixth Ave. N. metrapark.com
31st Annual Big Sky State Games
July 20-22 The Big Sky State Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for people of all ages and abilities that reside in the Great State of Montana (and surrounding states). Various Locations. www.bigskygames.org
www.laureloutlook.com - Explorer 2018 - 11
First Annual Fall Festival
September 29th 5k Fun Run, pancake breakfast, display booths, food trucks, rock climbing wall, and much, much more. Family fun! Pompeys Pillar National Monument. 3039 Highway 312 Pompeys Pillar, MT. www.pompeyspillar.org
July 27 @ 4 p.m. – July 28 @ 11 p.m. Billings Motorcycle Club®, 3630 Old Blue Creek Rd. Check online for schedule 406.855.9988 www. bmcmontana.com
Saturday, October 13 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Located in the center of downtown Billings under Skypoint at 2nd Ave. and Broadway, Harvestfest is a grand community fall festival taking place the second weekend of October. The finale of summer’s Farmers’ Market, Harvestfest celebrates the season with a rich diversity of arts and crafts, fresh produce, mums, pumpkins, pies, and the final offerings of farmers’ market produce. Strollers experience the aromas of food-truck fare like roasted nuts, steak sandwiches, and kettle corn. Live entertainment includes fiddlers and performing under Skypoint, the Pumpkin Pie baking contest judged by the Chefs and Cooks of Montana, and the popular Merchant Gift Basket Raffle featuring a tempting assortment of items donated by local businesses. With an interactive children’s area including free crafts and activities for all ages, this event draws people from all over the northwest region into the streets and businesses of downtown.
Montana Shakespeare in the Park
July 25th A day commemorating when Captain Clark visited and carved his name on the Pillar. Free admission and refreshments. Pompeys Pillar National Monument. 3039 Highway 312 Pompeys Pillar, MT. www.pompeyspillar.org
100th Annual Great American Pro Championship Motorcycle Hill Climb
July 28-29, 6 p.m. Veterans Park. Performing, “Love’s Labour Lost” & “Othello.”
August 11-19 Hours Vary This years concert lineup includes Dustin Lynch, Kelly Clarks and Bret Michaels. MetraPark, 308 Sixth Ave. N. 406.256.2400 www.metrapark.com
Fall Home Improvement Show
September 7 - 9, 2018 Billings hosts the Home Improvement Show twice a year. One of the states largest exposition shows with of over 400 vendors and thousands of dollars of prizes and giveaways, this show is one not to miss. It goes on at the MetraPark Expo Center and sprawls across several buildings and areas.
October 13 - 20, 2018 Northern International Livestock Exposition. Comprised of eight days of a combination of a threeday rodeo, week-long trade show and professional stock show, the NILE is the Billings biggest Western event of the year. Come down for the whole day starting at the trade show featuring anything western and food. The stock shows go on throughout the eight days with the pens open for the public to view the livestock. The rodeo is during the last three nights of the week.
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 27 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boo at the Zoo is a merry, not scary event! There will be games and activities, food vendors, festive decorations, lively entertainment and lots of candy! Regular Zoo admission day and free for Zoo members!
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 19-24, 26-27 ZooMontana , 2100 S. Shiloh Rd. www.zoomontana. org. Drive around ZooMontana and experience all the seasonal light displays.
Local Band & Nation Sensations
Billings residents are music lovers and it’s reflected in the number of venues throughout the city and the concerts that happen every day of the week. You can find what bands are playing and where online and in the Welcome! Visitors Guide. If you want a rock concert, check out the Pubstation. If you want Dance and Techno, check out The Loft. The Garage at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. has rock, country and bluegrass. MetraPark periodically holds concerts throughout the year with national bands and performers. Check the W!VG and www.billings365.com for more music listings.
Alive After 5
Thursdays at 5 p.m. July - August From June 1st to August 31st, the series will take place on Thursday from 5-8 p.m., each at a different downtown venue. With live music by local, regional, and national artists, admission for Alive After 5 remains free to the public. For adults of age who’d like to enjoy drinking alcohol at this outdoor event, there is a $2 cover charge for an alcohol wrist band. These proceeds go to support the DBA, a non-profit organization that hosts community events and local outreach.
Magic City Blues
August 2 - 4 | Downtown Billings Every summer for fifteen years, Magic City Blues has attracted thousands and thousands of music fans from all across the country to Billings, the state’s largest city. Magic City Blues, an urban music festival in a rural state, is a signature event for the City of Billings and the State of Montana. We are proud of our natural Montana hospitality, unique setting, fabulous lineups, and the appeal of The Last Best Place. www.magiccityblues.com All events are subject to change. Check online for updates. Compiled with the help of www.visitbillings.com and downtownbillings.com
Dress Store & Women’s Boutique Featuring Missy & Plus Sizes
$5 Off a $40 Purchase
$15 Off a $75 Purchase
$10 Off a $50 Purchase
$25 Off a $150 Purchase
1005 24th Street W, Billings • (406) 969-3777 • Find Us
12 - Explorer 2018 - www.laureloutlook.com
Laurel is at the center of Explorer Country. From here, travelers have several exciting options to choose from for their trip to adventure. Laurel’s city center Interstate 90, Exit 434 is one of the busiest in Montana. It’s no wonder, for this exit allows people to travel south to three extraordinary highways that go over the top of the world and into Yellowstone Park. Choose the adventure you want. Travel to Cody, Wyoming, then take Highway 20 to the East Entrance over Sylvan Pass. Or, before Cody, take the ultra-scenic Chief Joseph Highway north of Cody and join up with the Beartooth Highway to Cooke City and Silvergate at the Northeast Entrance. The adventurous won’t want to miss the opportunity to climb above timberline on the majestic Beartooth Highway south of Red Lodge, which leads to the Northeast Entrance. Laurel is also at the crossroads of the Mountain West and the Great Plains. It is the west entry to South Central Montana’s beautiful high plains prairie vacation land. And, it is the east entry to the majestic Yellowstone Country of South Central and Western Montana. No wonder people say it’s easy to go anywhere you want in Montana from Laurel. Laurel’s city population is around 7,000 in the city limits and approaches 10,000 within its school district, making it one of the largest Class A school districts in Montana.
What’s happening in Laurel Rock the Block | June through September Downtown Laurel comes alive with music and fun all summer long at “Rock the Block.” On select Friday evenings each month, the Laurel Alive organization sponsors popular bands for informal concerts in Laurel’s downtown Town Square. There is no admission fee. Beverages and food are available for purchase. Music gets started at 6 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Town Square is in the middle of downtown Laurel on First Avenue North. Bands that are playing. 6/15 Lunatic | 6/29, Cimmeron | 7/6, 7th Avenue Band | 7/20, Elk River| 8/3, 100 Proof | 8/17, Sanctuary | 8/31, Tanglewood
www.laureloutlook.com - Explorer 2018 - 13
Fourth of July | July 4 6 a.m. Jaycee Pancake Breakfast | Fireman’s Park 6:30 a.m. Chief Joseph 8 mile Run, 7 am Chief Joseph 2 & 4 mile run 10 a.m. Food and Craft Fair 10 a.m. Kiddie Parade | 11 a.m. Parade Fireworks at dusk, Thompson Park It’s the biggest fireworks show in the state. Be in Laurel on the Fourth of July to see the state’s largest, most spectacular fireworks display! You won’t believe that this extravaganza is free. But it is! The Fourth of July is a fun-for-all celebration in Laurel. Activities begin the night before on July 3, with the Street Dance. Starting at 7 p.m. great music will fill the streets of downtown Laurel at this long-standing event. The all class reunion is July 2. The morning of the Fourth finds the Jaycees going strong, cooking pancakes for a community breakfast. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. and continues until 11 a.m. Also on the morning of the Fourth, the Laurel Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Chief Joseph Run. This popular event is in its 19th year. It follows the route that members of the U.S. Cavalry rode in pursuit of the Nez Perce Indians in 1877 that led to the Canyon Creek Battle, north of what is today’s city of Laurel. Runners may choose from an eight-mile run, fourmile run or two-mile run. Early registration deadline is June 20. Participants may enter beginning at 6 a.m. on race day. The run begins at 7 a.m.
Licensed • Bonded • Insured Accepting All Major Cards Residential • Commercial • Industrial New Construction • Remodeling
808 W. Main • Laurel, MT • 628-8886 www.aceelectricmt.com
At 10 a.m., the Laurel Jaycees will host a Kiddie Parade. Then the Grand Parade begins at 11 a.m. Throughout the day, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until 9 p.m., the Laurel Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a food and craft fair on First Avenue North between the 700 and 800 blocks near Thomson Baseball Park. Music in Thomson Park begins at 6 p.m. Stretch your blanket and lawn chairs under the sky at dusk. Then hold on tight! When it gets dark, the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department presents an amazing display of fireworks. It’s free. It’s dazzling. It’s one of the biggest fireworks shows in the Northwest. Don’t miss this exciting event. Christmas to Remember Parade and Craft Fair First Sunday in December Laurel is brilliant at Christmas time. The business community lights, Santa’s workshop in the city center, and lights from the countryside to church altar make Laurel a true holiday jewel. On the first Sunday in December, a Parade of Lights down First Avenue in downtown Laurel at 5 p.m. features a lighted parade. Fireworks herald the arrival of Santa at approximately 5:30 p.m. All events are subject to change. Check online for updates.
14 - Explorer 2018 - www.laureloutlook.com
Laurel Chamber of Commerce | 108 East Main St., 406-628-8105 Stop at the Chamber of Commerce office for directions and information. The log cabin office and museum structure is a historic Department of Transportation building. The chamber cabin is located in a beautiful park known as Firemen’s Park where a statue of the famous Nez Perce Chief Joseph points the way for travelers to the site of the Canyon Creek Battle of 1877. Inside the chamber building is a collection of historical photographs of Laurel. Also, the chamber serves as a visitor information center with maps, brochures, and more about Montana, Wyoming, and Yellowstone Park. The Laurel Garden Club enhances the park with a flower garden. They have planted native wildflowers and plants around the interpretive displays. The old North School bell and school marker are part of the garden display. Airport | Three miles north of downtown. Laurel Municipal Airport-6S8 • 406-628-4595 The Laurel Airport is the busiest non-towered general aviation airport in the state and is located three miles north of Laurel at an elevation of 3,500 feet. The airport has three runways, two paved and one grass. The longest runway is 5,200 feet by 75 feet. Hangar building sites are available. Self-service fuel is available 24 hours per day. The fixed base operator at the Laurel Airport is Northern Skies Aviation, offering Part 141 Airplane and Helicopter flight training, charter, sightseeing, and general aircraft maintenance including annuals and repairs. Learn more at 628-2219 or northernskies.com.
Cenex Town and Country Convenience Center, just off the interstate at Exit 434, has an RV dump station for customers.
Laurel has a wonderful children’s playground in Kiwanis Park 1, located in the north end of town. Follow First Avenue North (Laurel’s main north/south route) to Mountainview Lane. Turn west and drive two blocks to Kids’ Kingdom playground. The municipal swimming pool is located near the center of town at Thomson Park 2. The park also has an events shelter, picnic tables, playground equipment, softball fields and volleyball areas. Thomson Park is also the location of the American Legion baseball field. Visitors can catch a game throughout the summer when the local baseball team, the Laurel Dodgers, is in town. A nice attraction at the edge of town is Laurel Lions Family Park 3 at South Pond. It has walking trails, a picnic shelter, restrooms, a graveled parking area and a paved area for handicap parking. Turf and irrigation systems have been added, thanks to the efforts of the Lions Club, the city of Laurel, and Montana Department of Transportation. Montana fishing licenses are required to fish for the pond’s trout. Snags are few. It’s perfect for kids. If fishing or boating is more your thing, check out Riverside Park 4. There you will find a camp ground (closed this year for repair,) a boat ramp access to the Yellowstone River, recreational buildings, hourseshoe pits, volleyball field, and picnic area.
Open Daily 6 AM - 10 PM
COFFEE | ICE CREAM | SNACKS | BEER | CANDY
Self-Serve Gas | Diesel Car Wash Dog Wash | Storage Units Open 6:30 AM - 9 PM Daily
815 East Main Street | Laurel, MT • 406-628-4515
OFF EXIT 437
Over 30 Life Sized Historic & Wildlife bronze on permanent Display
• 3 Pool Tables • Liquor Store
CABOOSE SALOON & Casino
406-628-7414 704 West Main | Laurel, MT
S. 1st Ave.
SE 4th St.
South Yellowstone Ave.
S. 8th Ave. Emerick Ln.
Can yon Cre ek
h Ditc BBWA
Old Mill Ditch
S. Laurel Rd.
on ny Ca