Yellowstone Rod Run returns
Hot rods will once again flock to West Yellowstone for the 43rd annual Yellowstone Rod Run, to be held Aug. 1-4. West Yellowstone will serve as street rod heaven with food, frolic, parade and lots of showin’, shinin’ and cruisin’. Registration will open in Hayden Hall at the Holiday Inn from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, and continue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. On Friday, Gary Carter will lead a Yellowstone car cruise into Yellowstone National Park starting at 10 a.m. On Saturday, Aug. 3, a parade of rods will run through town at 10 a.m., with cars lining up on Faithful Avenue. The parade will lead to the city park, where the Show and Shine will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information about this year’s Rod Run, contact Jerry or Terry Oksa (406) 646-9759 or visit www.YellowstoneRodRun.com.
Mountain Man Rendezvous returns Aug. 2-11
The eighth annual Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous and 1800’s Living History Encampment returns to West Yellowstone for 10 days of historical fun and seminars, running Aug. 2-11.
The encampment will be set in the 1800’s style, featuring entertainment, demonstrations and seminars related to trades and crafts of the 1800’s. Regular events include storytelling, traders row, beading, leatherwork, parfletch, knife and hawk throwing, primitive bow shooting and competition, flint knapping, atlatl demonstrations and good.
The public is invited to watch a primitive bow shoot and the annual black powder shoot. Primitive bow shoots are scheduled for Sunday Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 at 8 a.m. at $5 per shooter. The black powder shoot will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at $10 per shooter.
All events are free to the public. The encampment will be located on the old airport grounds on the west end of West Yellowstone, along Highway 20 and Iris Street on the Gallatin National Forest.
The encampment is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Event schedules will be posted daily at the Rendezvous Encampment. For more information call event coordinator Sunshine Kirkpatrick at 406-646-7931.
Weekly fire update
Was your last campfire cold to the touch before you left? Most of the human-caused fires on the Gallatin National Forest are from campfires that were never properly extinguished. While most people do touch their fire to see if it is cold out, there are still those folks that do not. Don’t let the next wildfire be your fault! Take responsibility like most of the folks here — Touch the campfire before you leave it. The fire danger rating remains at moderate as our area moves closer to fire season.
Summer story times at the library
West Yellowstone Public Library’s summer story times will run from through August 23.
Story times include:
Libros y Niños Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Spanish “Easy book” story time for all ages.
Drop Everything And Read! Thursdays at 2 p.m. Bring your budding readers to D.E.A.R.! “Easy book” story time and assisted Silent Sustained Reading for ages 4-8.
Cliffhangers Tuesdays through Fridays at 2:30 p.m. Some books are meant to be read out-loud. This will include “Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction” story time. Stretch out and listen to part of a story. Come back the next day to find out what happens! For ages 7 and up. Volunteer readers are welcome.
GWDC needs volunteers
The Fundraising/Development office at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center needs volunteers to help out this summer. Meet interesting people from all over the country and world. Watch the animals. Get to know the bears, wolves and birds. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and staff at the GWDC. Hours are flexible and you can volunteer when your schedule allows. Call the GWDC at 406-646-7001, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Center, located at 201 S. Canyon St. in West Yellowstone, for more information.
Yellowstone ranger programs
Join a Yellowstone National Park ranger this summer at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center for a talk about what to see and do in Yellowstone. Find out where to enjoy the park’s amazing landscape, geysers and wildlife. Talks are free and open to the public.
Yellowstone evening programs are scheduled for every Tuesday and Friday starting at 7 p.m. from June 4 through Aug. 30. Join a park ranger for an illustrated program highlighting a fascinating aspect of Yellowstone’s wonders. Meet at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone at the corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street.
“Experiencing Wildlife in Yellowstone” and “Explore Yellowstone!” are also offered in the morning and afternoon at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center throughout the summer season. Call 307-344-2876 or visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/rangerprog.htm for more information and a complete program schedule.
Thursday night knitting is back for the summer. Everyone is welcome to stop by knit night on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Send it Home on Madison Avenue.
Corinne Fagerburg and Melissa Alder will be offering a new tennis program for kids 10 years of age and under each Thursday. 10 and Under Tennis uses softball sized foam balls so children learn to play the game faster using a smaller court with a lower net.
Classes are free and tennis racquets are provided. Children ages 5 to 7 will meet at 3 p.m. and children ages 8 to 10 will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the summer. Twelve-year-olds will meet at 4 p.m. also, as in the past. The tennis courts are location on Electric Street across from the Madison Apartments. This program is generously sponsored by the First Security Bank’s West Yellowstone branch. Contact Corinne at 406-646-7555 with any questions.
Celebrating a birthday in the upcoming week are Trecen Watson (July 23) and Lynda Sloan (July 25).
The West Yellowstone News website (www.westyellowstonenews.com) routinely includes additional photos along with the articles that appear in the print edition. If you saw one photo in the print edition, chances are there are more on the web site.
Visit the home page, then click on the “multimedia” tab on the navigation bar at the top of the page. Watch for these galleries to grow over the coming weeks.
Prints of West Yellowstone News photographs are also available. If you’d like to order 5”x7” or 8”x10” prints of these photos, email email@example.com or call 646-9719.