Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies


Friday July 16, 2021


Wendy'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.

2021 Torchlighter

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:

  • Santanahs
  • The Local Berry
  • The Mac Shack
  • Ceci's Popcorn
  • Khanthaly's Eggrolls
  • The Nut Shack
  • Summer Snow
  • Lil Red Wagon
  • Montana Melt

Soaked Run

Want to stay cool during one of the hottest days of the summer? Come join us in a non-timed two mile crazy fun water walk/run around and through Pioneer Park. All ages, slow or fast, are encouraged to participate. Be prepared to run through foam stations, slip and slide down the hill, jump through sprinklers, and dodge water guns in the this fun filled race

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Friday July 16, 2021


Select your wave time in registration
  • 5:15 pm
  • 5:30 pm
  • 5:45 pm
  • 6:00 pm
  • 6:15 pm

  • Location

    Starting Line: 3rd St W & Parkhill
    (On the Slide)

    Finish Line: Wendy's Daylis Stadium

    Register Online

    Entry Fee:

    Ages 6 & under: $20
    Ages 7 - 14: $25
    Ages 15 & up $30


    Online Registration Deadline: July 15
    Guaranteed T-Shirt Deadline: July 1

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    Course Information

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    Packet Pickup:

    Thursday July, 15
    Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Transwestern Building #2. Second Floor
    490 N. 31st St.
    Local participants encouraged to pickup during this time>

    Friday July, 16
    Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Southeast corner of Pioneer Park by tennis courts.

    For more information, please feel free to Contact Us.

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    Local Accommodations

    Welcome to Billings, Montana

    Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging arrangements. The Big Sky State Games encourages all participants to make arrangements early. The hotels and campgrounds listed below support and contribute to the Big Sky State Games. Please contact them for your Big Sky State Games lodging. Ask for the BSSG Rate.

    Major Sponsors / Sports Sponsors

    KOA Kampground

    Major Sponsor
    547 Garden Ave.
    Billings, MT 59101

    Billings Hotel and Convention Center

    $94.00 plus tax and that includes a full hot breakfast each morning!
    Use Code: BSG21

    Sport Sponsor
    1223 Mullowney Lane
    Billings, MT 59101

    Boothill Inn

    Sport Sponsor

    242 East Airport Rd.
    Billings, MT 59105

    Montana Mile

    2021 Montana Mile results

    Men's Race Results

    Women's Race Results

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    About Montana Mile

    The Montana Mile is a race among the fastest milers in Montana! Race is held during the Opening Ceremonies.

    The 2021 Montana Mile marks the 29th running for men and the 19th for women. The race is one of the most anticipated events of the Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies and is scheduled to take place Friday, July 16 at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings. The Montana Mile is an invited race featuring some of the state’s fastest high school, college, and post collegiate milers.

    The Women’s Montana Mile record is 4:53.9 set in 2011 by Lois Ricardi Keller. Ducan Hamiltion set the Men’s record in 2021 in 4:06.23.

    Movie in the Park

    Outdoor Movie Night is back!!

    Big Sky State Games' annual outdoor movie night is returning for 2021! Saturday, July 17 at dusk (approximately 9:15 pm) in Pioneer Park. This event is sponsored by Firefly Outdoor Movie Company. Come join us for a night of fun and cinema in the park! We will be showing Tom & Jerry, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Hope to see you all there!

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