The Bureau of Land Management is teaming up with the Friends of Pompeys Pillar National Monument to host its annual Clark Days celebration August 2-3 at Pompeys Pillar National Monument east of Billings. Activities begin Saturday afternoon and run through Sunday. The theme for this year’s Clark Days is “Our Agricultural Heritage.” Speakers, presenters, musicians and dancers will tell the various farming and ranching stories of the area. As part of this special event a Cowboy Poetry session will be held Saturday evening from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
“We are really excited to celebrate the agricultural history of Pompeys Pillar as well as the Huntley Project area,” said Monument Manager Jeff Kitchens. “The weekend will be mixed with fun activities and informative presentations for everyone.”
The Northern International Livestock Exposition, a big partner of this year’s event, are helping sponsor a Cattle Drive and Cowboy Camp Saturday.
Saturday August 2, 2014
12:00 pm – Cattle Drive Kick-off Into the National Monument
12:00 pm – 4:00pm – Kids/Family Events & Activities
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Cowboy Poetry and Music Session
8:30 pm – Ghost Stories by the Campfire
Free Overnight Camping (RV & Tent – No Hookups)
Sunday August 3, 2014
7:00 am – 9:00 am – Guided Bird Walk
7:00 am – 10:00 am – Friends of Pompeys Pillar Pancake Breakfast
9:30 am – 10:30 am – Elk River Brigade Demonstration & Flag Raising Ceremony
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Historical Demonstrations, Booths, Displays, etc.
3:00 pm – 4:00pm – Native American Cultural Presentation
Food Will Be Served Throughout Both Days
Admission for the event is $7/car and those that attend Saturday will receive free admission on Sunday.
Pompeys Pillar contains the signature of Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Clark’s inscription is the expedition’s only remaining physical evidence visible of its actual route. An interpretive center at the site recounts Clark’s journey through the Yellowstone Valley in 1806. The Pillar overlooks the Yellowstone River about 25 miles east of Billings, Montana. The area is easily accessible from Interstate 94, using exit 23, or from Montana Highway 312. More information on the national monument can be found at http://blm.gov/99jd. For more information, please call the Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Center at (406) 875-2400.
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