Opening Ceremonies

33rd Annual Opening Ceremonies

No matter where you finish, Opening Ceremonies is the place to start! The Friday, July 20, 2018 Opening Ceremonies of the 33rd Annual Big Sky State Games, sponsored by Wendy’s, will be a colorful evening packed with exciting family entertainment!

Gates Open at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium (Third & Grand) in Billings at 5:30pm.


Park with ease at the YMCA and ride the shuttle to the stadium.

View Photos of 2017 Opening Ceremonies

2018 Special Guest and Torch Lighter

2018 Torch Lighter: Tonie Campbell

More information to come!

Fun for the Whole Family

Festivities kick off with SOAKED, a crazy fun two mile water walk/run through and around Pioneer Park. Other happenings include a Fun Fair, autographs with an Olympic athlete, food trucks, cash giveaway ($3200 total), sponsor booths, sport demonstrations, athlete t-shirt pick up, souvenir sales, and other interactive events. It's truly a night for the whole family!

The Ceremony officially begins at 7:30pm. The program includes Parade of Athletes (walk in the parade and receive a commemorative State Games gift), fun entertainment and interactive events, and the Men's and Women's Montana Mile (fastest milers in Montana), and traditional torch lighting by an Olympic athlete.

Mark Your Calendar
  • Friday, July 20th
  • Gates Open at 5:30pm
  • Admission $5/Adult
  • FREE Children under 6
  • Parking is Limited
  • Soaked Fun Run
  • T-shirt Pickup

Admission and Tshirt Pickup

Don't Forget Your Ticket

Admissision is $5/Adult and FREE for children 6 and under. Particpating athletes are admitted for free with their Opening Ceremonies ticket (postcard) mailed prior to the Games.

Particpating athletes can also use their entry ticket to pick up their commemorative t-shirts at Daylis Stadium during Opening Ceremonies (between 5:30pm and 8:00pm) on Friday, July 20, or between 9:00am and 5:00pm on Saturday or Sunday. Don't forget to bring your ticket and/or t-shirt claim letter (for teams), as you will not be able to pick up your t-shirts without it!