Opening Ceremonies

35th Annual Opening Ceremonies

No matter where you finish, Opening Ceremonies is the place to start! The Friday, July 17, 2020 Opening Ceremonies of the 35th Annual Big Sky State Games, sponsored by Wendy’s, will be a colorful evening packed with exciting family entertainment!

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The Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies will set the 35 th Annual Games in motion on Friday, July 17 th at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. Social distancing measures will be in place and masks are required by attendees. Opening Ceremonies will start at 7:00 p.m.

The evening’s program includes State Games National Anthem Contest Winner Marie Stott, Hot Money Give Away of 5 $100 bills, the Montana Mile (Montana’s fastest male and female milers) and Torch Lighting.

In addition, State Games Character Counts! Scholarship winners Ruff Elton of Red Lodge High School, Connor Chase of Skyview High School, Morgan Maack of Laurel High School, Kylie Zimmer of Fergus High School and Riley Gilsdorf of Billings Senior High School will be featured.

Other Opening Ceremonies highlights are performances by the Chieftain Dancers, Senior High Drum Corps, and the 2019 Athletes of the Year.

The special guest lighting the torch has changed and will now be Deb Greenough, World Bareback Champion. Deb is a 13 time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, 1993 World Bareback Champion, and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer.

Olympic Mountain Biker Sam Schultz was scheduled to be the Torch Lighter, but his girlfriend began exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. They were unable to obtain test results in timely manner, therefore Sam is unable to attend the Games.

Fun for the Whole Family

Gates open at 6 p.m., with the ceremony starting at 7 p.m. There will be no Parade of Athletes or festival this year and social distancing, as well as other COVID-19 guidelines, will be enforced. Admission is free for all, but donations are greatly appreciated! Participating athletes will be able to pick up their commemorative t-shirts at their event site, whenever their event takes place!

Thank you for sticking with us this year. We are looking forward to a great weekend!

Mark Your Calendar
  • Friday, July 17th
  • Gates Open at 6:00pm
  • Admission is free for all but donations are greatly appreciated