DateFriday July 16, 2021
LocationWendy's Field at Daylis Stadium
401 Grand Ave
Billings, MT 59102
Festivities kick off with SOAKED, a crazy fun two mile water walk/run through and around Pioneer Park. Other festivities include the Soaked Run, climbing wall, family entertainment and games, food trucks, Parade of Athletes, Montana Mile, and Torch Lighting. Admission is free for all ages. It's truly a night for the whole family!
The Ceremony officially begins at 7:00pm. 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.
Mary Osborne Andrews
Mary is the sister of Tom Osborne, Big Sky State Games founder, who passed away earlier this year. She will speak and light the Big Sky State Games caldron along with other family members; officially kicking off Montana’s 2021 State Games.
United States Olympian, Mary Osborne Andrews, will be the special guest athlete of the 36th Annual Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies Friday, July 16, 2021 at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings. Mary was a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Team in the women’s javelin event, and awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Achievement. Additionally, Mary was a three-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials in women’s javelin: 1980, 1984 and 1992.
The Opening Ceremonies Memorial Field will be located at the South side of Daylis Stadium. Pick up a butterfly and write the name of a loved one you have lost to place in the Memorial Field.
Other Pre-Games Festival Activites include:
- Steep World Climbing Wall
- FREE Photo at the Photo Booth by Photolanthropy Try the Virtual PhotoBooth
- Basketball Hoop
- Face Painting
- Free animal balloons
- Interactive Booths with Rimrock Pediatric Dentistry, Trailhead Pediatric Dentistry, and Montana811.og
- NEW this year! Enjoy your favorite local food trucks at the Food Truck Olympics during Opening Ceremonies. Vote for your favorite food truck! Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded!
Contestants for the Food Truck Olympics are:
- The Local Berry
- The Mac Shack
- Ceci's Popcorn
- Khanthaly's Eggrolls
- The Nut Shack
- Summer Snow
- Lil Red Wagon
- Montana Melt