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Explorer Yellowstone County
Where to Go
Carbon County • Stillwater County • Big Horn County • Fergus County
What to Do
What to See
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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. Over a century old, the 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 control over the information provided from outside agencies.)
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Joe Scheuerle and His Remarkable Indian Gallery September 6 through December 2019 Become a member and see this and other exhibits free!
Montana’s Museum and Museum Store Open Monday–Saturday, 9-5 Closed Sundays and State Holidays 225 North Roberts Helena •
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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.
The Billings area with a population of around 160,000 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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 Moss Mansion 914 Division Street, Billings MT 59101 SpringFest is an outdoor festival featuring juried arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, food, and specialty booths. Live music, local entertainers, art and craft demonstrations, and children’s activities make the day truly memorable and fun for the entire family. SpringFest, a benefit for the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum, is held on the beautiful lawn of the Moss Mansion at 914 Division Street in Billings, Montana.
Montana Renaissance Festival
SAT JUN 1,2 2019 Opens 10 a.m. both days ZooMontana, 2100 S Shiloh Rd Welcome, Lords and Ladies, to the Montana Renaissance Festival! 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 most significant 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 Lady’s honor in this thrilling full armored Joust. Renew your vows or be joined in matrimony by Priestess Wendy in our beautiful Sensory Gardens with the King and Queen presiding! The lanes are bustling with storytellers, musicians, singers, dancers, and villagers welcoming you to a festive day of living history. The air is filled with the scents and smells of foods from the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy roasted turkey legs, royal Scottish eggs, steak on a stake, and more! Visit one of our pubs and quench thy thirst with a flagon of ale or a goblet of the King’s own mead! Sit back and enjoy belly dancers, sword swallowers, aerial acrobats, and other performers on three separate stages! On the main stage and throughout Billingshire there are bards, jesters, sword fighters, wizards, poets and those who will provide merriment for all ages! The royal beastiary will be open so be sure to visit all the beasts of the kingdom! Visit the Montana Renaissance website for more details. It will be updated as entertainment and vendors are confirmed!
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JULY 12-14 Summerfair is the region’s largest arts & crafts festival featuring some of the best artisans, craftspeople, and entertainers in the area. This exciting event attracts more than 10,000 people over three days and is a wonderful way to share the joy of art with friends and family. Summerfair is one of the largest annual fundraising events for the Museum’s education programs and yearly operating costs. More than 100 artists, community groups, and food vendors will participate every year. Artist booths at Summerfair include painting, pottery, art from nature, glass, wood, metal, fiber art, photography, body products, and artisan foods. Summerfair is a great place to find that unique gift for yourself or someone special while supporting the Billings Community.
Big Sky State Games
JULY 19-21, 2019 The Big Sky State Games is an Olympic-style amateur sports festival for people of all ages and abilities who reside in the great state of Montana. Residents in bordering states are invited to participate. The Games are a member of the National Congress of State Games and recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.
All events are subject to change. Check online for updates.
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
AUGUST 9-17, 2019 MontanaFair is an agricultural celebration in the historic tradition of fairs. It is the region’s largest event with attendance of nearly a quarter of a million people each year. Held at MetraPark in Billings, MontanaFair celebrates for nine days beginning the second weekend in August. Nearly 10,000 people will earn cash and ribbons for their entries which range from beer, wine, bunnies, crocheting, horticulture, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, petit-point, pickles, to hobbies, and arts and crafts. The Thomas Carnival operates the midway featuring rides and games. A shady park for kid’s rides accommodates families and the free Kid’s World exhibit nearby offers free games and activities for small children. Food choices are abundant at the fair featuring the traditional corn dog, BBQ , corn on the cob, ‘Vikings On a Stick’, fresh lemonade, and beer gardens. Stages around the grounds provide free entertainment that can include music,
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4 - Explorer 2019 - A Laurel Outlook Publication horse sales, horse futurity shows, and the Northern Range Ranch Roping comedy, hypnosis, kid’s entertainment, Finals. 406.256.2495, thenile.org variety acts, draft horses, and more. Visit the Free Acts page to see this year’s free entertainment lineup. You Festival of Trees at the can catch them all with your gate MetraPark admission to MontanaFair. And make NOV. 29 - DEC. 1, 2019 sure you catch the incredible local This is the holiday event of the season! talent on the Community Stage. The Festival of Trees is the major fundNight Shows include concerts in the raiser for The Family Tree Center. Rimrock Auto Arena and supercross The Festival has become one of the and PRCA Pro Rodeo in the finest community activities, garnering Grandstands. support from banks, hospitals, churches, non-profit organizations, local businesses, schools and scout Fall Festival troops. SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 Begun in 1985, the Festival of Trees 5k Fun Run, pancake breakfast, has become synonymous with the display booths, food trucks, rock holiday season in Billings. For many climbing wall, and much, much more. Family fun! Pompeys Pillar National residents and visitors, the holidays would not be complete without at least Monument. 3039 Highway 312 one visit to view the trees or participate Pompeys Pillar, MT. in the weekend activities. www.pompeyspillar.org Each year, the Festival of Trees provides an opportunity for community members to help prevent NILE STOCK SHOW AND child abuse and neglect in Yellowstone RODEO County and the surrounding area. OCTOBER 12 - 19, 2019 Donating or buying a tree, sponsoring The Northern International Livestock the event, or participating in one of Exposition (NILE) Stock Show and the many weekend activities during Rodeo are held each year at MetraPark the Festival helps raise money and in Billings. The NRA-sanctioned awareness; both help The Family Tree rodeo is one of the first opportunities Center. for professional cowboys to qualify All dollars raised at the Festival go for the National Finals Rodeo in Las where they are needed most—toward Vegas. The Western Expo is also the many child abuse prevention held in conjunction with the NILE programs in place at The Family Tree and showcases cowboy collectibles, Center. clothing, Western art, and farm/ranch equipment. Livestock events include breeding cattle shows and sales, two
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Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market
ArtWalk Downtown Billings
EVERY SATURDAY 8 A.M. - NOON Late July to Early October
JUNE 7, AUG. 2, OCT. 4, DEC. 6 All ArtWalk events are free to public. The events are organized and paid for by season members, one-time participants and generous sponsors. Featured artists frequently attend. Food and beverages are often served and live music offered. In addition to the many fine arts and crafts offered for sale, ArtWalk has grown to include opportunities to make art, hear gallery talks, and see dance and theatre performances. Host sites include galleries, art studios, businesses, a downtown Billings church, non-profit entities, restaurants and other venues valuing the creative spirit that thrives in downtown Billings. ArtWalk is “weather-resistant.” We don’t cancel our events for rain, thunder or hailstorms in the summer. Nor do we cancel if there are blizzards and below zero temperatures in the winter. For more information, contact: Virginia Bryan, Director Artwalk Downtown Billings 2815 - 2nd Avenue North Billings, Montana 59101 406.690.1662 email@example.com
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 out the Welcome! Visitors Guide through out the area for weekly events.
All events are subject to change. Check online for updates.
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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 four 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.
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.
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Dehler Park, on the corner of 10th Avenue North and N 27th Street, is the home of the Cincinnati Reds baseball farm team, the Billings Mustangs. Get tickets at BillingsMustangs.com or 406-252-1241.
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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, King Ave W 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. Hours 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
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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 over 100 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.
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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 To Molt and Phipps Park Rimrock Rd 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. Poly to 5 p.m., call (406) 245-4111, or check Vista out visitbillings.com. Park 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.
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can park on any of the side streets, but mind the one ways. Come and enjoy the guided tours through the house. Explore the mansion and see original artwork, clothing, and artifacts showing the history of the historic Moss family. Then swing through the massive garden used for several yearly events. www. mossmansion.com Tues.-Sun.: Noon - 3 p.m.
Josephine Moss Mansion Historic House Park At 914 Division Street, you Museum.
Downtown Billings has something for everyone. From Montana Ave to 6th Ave N. and from Division St. and N 20th St., experience the best food in town. See the best shows that Billings’ own actors put on throughout the year. Shop two of the state’s biggest antique shops. Stay at nearby hotel and spend the whole day experiencing Downtown. www. downtownbillings.com
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
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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 your right before you leave Terminal Circle.)
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2018 Alive After 5 Schedule The Downtown Billings Alliance & Valley Credit Union present the 2019 Alive After 5 summer concert series. The eight-week Alive After 5 concert series will open with a Monsters of Rock Tribute with Kicking Karma on Thursday, June 6th from 5pm-8pm at the Pub Station, 2502 1st Ave. N. Alive After 5 takes place weekly, Thursday evenings, from 5pm -8pm at different outdoor venues in downtown Billings, starting on June 6th and continuing through August 1st. There will be no concert on July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. The entertainment line-up ranges from local and regional favorites to nationally touring bands. Each concert will include various food vendors with outdoor food menu options to choose from. Admission for Alive After 5 remains free for the public, however, individuals 21 and older consuming alcohol must purchase a $2 wristband. New to the concert series this year is the Valley Credit Union V.I.P. Area. Each concert will have a special V.I.P area with chairs, tables and easy access to one of the event bar locations. There will be a limited number of $10 V.I.P wristbands sold each week. The limited number of V.I.P wristband will be available weekly for purchase, in person at the DBA office located at 116 N. 29th Street or call the DBA office at (406) 294-5060, each Thursday from 9am - 1pm. Details and band information can be found at www.downtownbillings.com
Date Location----------------------------------------------------Band June 6 Pub Station:---Monsters of Rock Tribute w/ Kicking Karma facebook.com/kickingkarma June 13 Daisy Dukes: -------------------------------------------------- Exit 53 exit53band.com June 20 Uberbrew: ---------------------------------- Cole and the Thornes coleandthethornes.com June 27 Hooligan’s Sports Bar:----------------------------- Tim Montana timmontana.com July 11 Montana Brewing Co.: ---------------------------------El Wencho elwencho.com July 18 Tiny’s Tavern:---------------------------------------- Arterial Drive arterialdrive.com July 25 Walker’s:-------------------------------John Roberts y Pan Blanco johnroberts.net August 1 McCormicks Cafe:-Chubby Carrier and Bayou Swamp Band chubbycarrier.com
Please Don’t Feed the Bears:
Close Encounters with Yellowstone Wildlife Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave., Billings, Mt. February 28 – December 28, 2019
Nature Education Along the Yellowstone Summer Camps
Field Trips 7026 South Billings Blvd 406-294-5099
The relationship between Yellowstone Park visitors and resident wildlife is a complicated one. At one time, visitors could pet and feed park animals including marmots, elk, and of course, the bears. Please Don’t Feed the Bears: Close Encounters with Yellowstone Wildlife tracks the park’s transition from a visitor playground where these interactions were encouraged to today’s wildlife preserve where visitor behavior is closely monitored. The exhibit is highly interactive and includes family-friendly activities.
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The front of the Chief ’s House (Photo by Donaldson)
2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE For more information on any of Chief Plenty Coups State Park’s programs, please call: (406) 252-1289. SAT., JUNE 1ST
National Trails Day
Enjoy a family-oriented guided hike through the park to learn about the plants and animals that live along Pryor Creek. Attendees will also be introduced to stewardship principles. 11 a.m. FREE Visitor Center SAT., JUNE 15TH
Plenty Coups Picnic Day
Kickoff the summer at Chief Plenty Coups State Park’s 5th annual picnic day. Come out and explore the park while enjoying a free hot dog picnic. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. FREE SUN., JUNE 30TH
Chief Plenty Coups State Park Chief Plenty Coups State Park holds many attractions. The Visitor Center hosts interactive exhibits about Crow culture and on the Chief’s life along with a 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 tranquillity. There are picnic areas with barbecues, 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 a 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 days during the summer months, and a 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 travellers 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.
Learn how early Native Americans tanned and processed buffalo hides with anthropologist Billy Maxwell. 1 -3 p.m. FREE Visitor Center SAT., JULY 27TH
Explore the park’s vast cultural, historical, and ecological resources by participating in a scavenger hunt. Open to participants of all ages and abilities! 1-4 p.m. FREE Visitor Center
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Native Plants Presentation
Plants have cultural and biological significance in Crow Country. Discover how to identify native plants and the historical and present use of those plants. A guided walk will follow the presentation. 10 a.m. - Noon FREE Visitor Center SAT., AUGUST 31ST
25th Annual Day of Honor
This annual day of cultural sharing includes speakers, artists, drummers, and dancers. It concludes with a free buffalo feast. Begins at 11 a.m. FREE FRI., SEPTEMBER 27TH
Native American Heritage Day
Enjoy a parade and pow wow hosted by St. Charles Mission School. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. FREE SAT., SEPTEMBER 28TH
National Public Lands Day
Volunteer to help improve your public lands! We will identify invasive weeds in the park and complete a weed pull. Email AmeriCorps member Kate at Kate.Yeater@mt.gov for more information and to sign-up for this event. 9 a.m. - Noon FREE Visitor Center DECEMBER 1ST-24TH
Christmas Gift Shop Sale
View Christmas lights at Chief Plenty Coups’ house. Enjoy special sales in the gift shop & enter to win door prizes. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE Visitor Center
Native Heritage Day (Photo by Fontana)
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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.
Events in Laurel
Rock the Block | June through August June 7th, June 21st, July 5th, July 19th, Aug. 2nd, Aug. 16th, Aug. 30th 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. Fourth of July | July 4 6 a.m. Jaycee Pancake Breakfast at Fireman’s Park 6:30 a.m. Chief Joseph 2, 4, and 8 mile runs 10 a.m. Food and Craft Fair 10 a.m. Kiddie Parade | 11 a.m. Parade LVFD Fireworks at dusk at Thompson Park This is 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. The Fourth of July is a fun-for-all celebration in Laurel.
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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 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. 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. Then stretch your blanket and lawn chairs under the sky at dusk. 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 Laurel’s signature event.
Healing Field | September 11-14 The Healing Field® is an inspirational and uplifting display of one thousand American flags standing in a solemn and magnificent formation to remember and honor those killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, those that served our country then and now, whether veterans, active military, first responders, police, firefighters and ALL of the Heroes in Our Lives. The field next to South Elementary School along S. 5th Street, Laurel, will be transformed into a panorama of red, white and blue that cannot be adequately described, but once experienced it is not to be forgotten. You can honor your own Hero by sponsoring an individual flag for as little as $40! Please visit www. healingfield.org/LaurelMT19 for more sponsorship options. All profits will go toward local non-profit organizations serving the Laurel area. There will be no charge to visit the Healing Field® display. Christmas to Remember Parade and Craft Fair December 1st Laurel is brilliant at Christmas time. The business community lights, Santa’s workshop in the city center, and lights from the countryside 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.
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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.
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Laurel has a wonderful children’s playground in Kiwanis Park 1, located in the north side 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 with a camp ground (closed this year for repair,) a boat ramp access to the Yellowstone River, recreational buildings, horseshoe pits, a volleyball field, and picnic area.
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