Town of Valier kicks off Centennial season

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
   For those of you who are already missing the festivities of Whoop-Up, you need not worry because the Valier centennial is right around the corner.
   The city of Valier has scheduled their centennial for the week-end of June 27.  With a full slate of events it promises to be one of the most entertaining town celebrations around.
   The townspeople of Valier have been working on the celebration for months and have a little bit of something for everyone.  So come on down to Valier and help celebrate 100 years of progress.
   The action kicks off on Friday night with a couple of different options.  For you sports fanatics you may want to put together a team for the co-ed softball tournament.  The play will begin on Friday and run through Sunday if you are lucky enough to keep winning.  To register a team contact Kevin Kovatch at 279-3267.
   For those of you who want a less physically active evening, well that has been taken care of also.  Jump back in time and on your horse for an old-fashioned poker ride.  The Poker Ride promises to make you remember times before the combustible engine made life so complicated.  Registration for the Poker Ride will begin at 7 p.m. and the ride will start at 8 p.m.
   If horse events are what you’re looking for, the Poker Ride is just the beginning.  Saturday afternoon the city of Valier will be offering arena events where you can show off your various horse talents to the public.  And if that is still not enough than get ready for the Ranch Roping contest on Sunday.  If you’re horseman or horsewoman than Valier on the week-end of June 26 is the place for you.  The arena events and the Ranch Roping will be at the WHOA Arena.  For more information about any of the horse events call Janelle Nelson at 450-1025.
   If you think Friday was action packed then just wait until Saturday, that when the real action begins.  Bright and early at 7:30 a.m. Larry Stoltz will be at the Fire Hall grilling up his locally renowned beer pancakes for free.  Make sure and hurry though, because breakfast will stop being served at 9 a.m.
   Don’t worry if you overslept, because of the previous nights events, because at 9 a.m. vendors of all kinds will line Main Street Park, offering everything from arts and crafts to delicious types of food.  These vendors will be in town all day, so if you get a break stop on by and see what they have to offer.  If you would like to participate, you can contact Linda Kuka at 406-279-3347.
   For the history buffs you will not want to miss the historical displays on tap at the Civic Center, starting at 9 a.m.  This also lasts until 4 p.m. so be sure and put that on your agenda.  Local churches and civic organizations have worked to prepare displays of their history in the area which will be both informative and entertaining.
   Don’t think they forgot about you quilting fanatics. Get ready for the Quilters Alley.  It will begin at 10 a.m. and is aptly named because it will be located in the alley behind the Civic Center.
   Just when you thought there was no way your day could get any better, well hold your horses because the parade will begin at 11 a.m.  The parade line-up will start at 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Church.
   Then at noon, just when you thought you couldn’t eat any more, loosen a notch on your belt and head back to the Main Street Park for the Fireman’s BBQ.  And if you’re still on the food kick after all that then get out your Dutch-Oven and test your recipes in the Dutch-Oven Cook Off at 12:30 p.m.  Call Scott Curry for more information at 406-279-3578.
   Also beginning around the noon hour is the car/tractor show located on Highway 44 east of the library.  To register get a hold of Robert Widhalm at 279-3659.  
   Then at 2:30 p.m. will be the Stick-Horse Rodeo at the WHOA arena for the youngsters.
If time permits stop in and see the Fiddlers and the Indian Dancers at the Gazebo.  They will both be entertaining the masses all day.
   The Big Tent also has a lot to offer.  At 12:45 Helen Johnson will be presenting her Centennial Poem, followed by the Montana Trivia Challenge, for those of you that did not get enough trivia at the Quiz Bowl in Conrad.  Jim Sheble and Steve Nelson will be playing music at 1:30 p.m. and Cynthia Ries will also entertain with music at 2:45 p.m.  
   If you’re a fashion aficionado then stick around for the Style Show-“Through the Decades” to see just how much style has changed over the years.  Contact Donita Johnson for more information.
   One event that is drawing a lot of attention is the Bathtub Race.  Think of this as a Soap-Box Derby in a bathtub.  This will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Civic Center and will no doubt be interesting if nothing else.
   And finally what celebration would be complete without the musical stylings of local legend Eric “Fingers” Ray.  His first stop will be at the Big Tent at 4 p.m. where he will put on a special program for the kids.  Then to top it all off he will be playing at the Street Dance at the Fire Hall.  This bash will start at 9 p.m. and go until 1 a.m.  “Fingers” has something for everyone as he plays classic rock, country, and even a bluesy riff from time to time.
   So if you’re looking for a great way to spend a weekend then come on over to Valier and help celebrate the town’s 100th birthday.     For general questions and information feel free to call to Cheryl Curry at 406-279-3561.