In Brief

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Festival of Trees taking applications

Festival of Trees 2021 is now accepting application requests for funding from local nonprofit agencies. Grants will be awarded in December following the Festival of Trees Gala.

Application forms are available at Taylor Realty or by calling 683-4316. All application requests are due by Sept 7. Presentations will be Sept. 14.

Festival of Trees will be on Dec. 3-4. Dec. 3 will coincide with the Christmas Stroll and Dec. 4 will be the Gala. Both events will be at the Frontier Center in Dillon.

Senior lunch today

A weekly Senior Lunch is served up on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 126 S. Montana St. in downtown Dillon.

Trails ED at Rotary today

Breanne Smith will serve as guest speaker at the noon lunch meeting of Dillon Rotary today, Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the Guild Hall of St. James Episcopal Church, 203 E. Glendale St. The executive director of the Beaverhead Trails Coalition will review past, ongoing and future BTC projects. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary is welcome to attend. For more information, email John O’Brien at john@highpeaksfcu. com or Tina Giem at tgiem@

Walking School Bus meeting Thurs.

An organizational luncheon meeting for the Walking School Bus for the coming school year will happen on Thursday, Aug. 26, in the break room of the Beaverhead County Courthouse. For more information, email

BCHS frosh start Fri.

Beaverhead County High School’s incoming ninth graders will report for the first day of classes on Friday, Aug. 27, with 10–12 graders set to follow on Monday, Aug. 30. School will be out Sept. 2–6 in observance of Labor Day Weekend. For more information, call 683-2361.

Farmers Market Sat.

The weekly Dillon Farmers Market offers its unique blend of locally grown foods and locally made crafts, plus more on Saturdays through Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.—the same hours the Twin Bridges Farmers Market will convene at Twin’s Main Street City Park. For more information, consult each event’s Facebook page.

Tailgate Sat.

Engine 18 will host a Tailgate Party starting at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Vigilante Field prior to the University of Montana Western football team taking on Carroll College at 1 p.m. Proceeds from sales will go to help fund scholarships for UMW student-athletes. For more information, go to the Engine 18 Facebook page.

Stargazing Sept. 4

A Stargazing Party will happen Sept. 4 at the Donna Jones Rooftop Garden atop the Andrus Hotel, 33 S. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon, starting at 8:15 p.m. To reserve a spot or get more information, call 406-925-5024.

History talk Sat.

Bannack State Park will host a 2 p.m. talk on Saturday, Aug. 28 titled “Gold, Vigilantes, and the Creation of the Montana Territory.” The presentation will cover the mid-19th century gold rush in Montana, as well as the subsequent rise of vigilante justice and establishment of the Montana Territory. On Sept. 10, the park will feature a presentation on “Tales from the Darkside: Macabre Stories from Bannack History” with a tour starting on the east end of town led by the park ranger. Reservations are required for the Sept. 10 event. For more information, call 406-834-3413 or email

Flower workshop Mon.

The Dillon Garden Club will host a free Youth Floral Design Workshop for ages 3–17 on Monday, Aug. 30, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 715 E. Bannack St. in Dillon. The first session will happen 2–4 p.m. with another to follow 5–7 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and preregistration is required. For more information, call 406-925-2903 or 406-925-1994.

Fair Sept. 1–5

The Beaverhead County Fair will happen on the fairgrounds in Dillon Sept. 1–5. Fair books with a full schedule of events can be found at various locations around Dillon and the county. For more information, see next week’s Dillon Tribune or go to

Livestock judging clinic Sept. 3

A Jaycee Livestock Judging Clinic for kids and adults will occur Sept. 3 at around 4 p.m. on the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds in Dillon. The clinic will focus on selection principles, oral reasons and live market evaluation. For more information, call 683-3785.

Jaycee Rodeo Queen Pageant Sept. 3

The Miss Dillon Jaycee Rodeo Queen Pageant for ages 16–24 will happen Sept. 3 in Dillon. Applications are due by Aug. 20. For more information, email laramie.smith@outlook. com. A Little Miss Dillon Jaycee Rodeo Queen Pageant for ages 3–6 will also be held this year. For more information, call Sierra Cahill at 406-925-9403.

SD #10 starts Sept. 7

Classes for first through eighth graders at Parkview Elementary and Dillon Middle School will commence Sept. 7, with kindergartners set to start Sept. 9. Look for the SD#10 Back to School section in the Sept. 1 edition of the Dillon Tribune. For more information, call 683-4311.

Horse conference Sept. 9

The Montana Center for Natural Horsemanship in partnership with the University of Montana Western will on Sept. 9 host the Of Horse, Human & Nature conference, featuring Dr. Temple Grandin as special guest presenter. To buy tickets or get more information, go to

Concert series re-starts Sept. 16

After taking off 2020 due to the pandemic, the Dillon Concert Association will launch its in-person 2021–22 concert series Sept. 16 at Beier Auditorium on the campus of the University of Montana Western in Dillon with a 7:30 p.m. show by Presidio Brass. For further information call Laurie Hagenbarth (683-5050) or Pat Brown (406-925-0618).

Bannack Living History Sept. 16–19

Bannack State Park will present an authentic recreation of a Montana gold rush town for Bannack Living History Sept. 16–19. For more information, call 406-834-3413 or email

Weed Day Sept. 17

Weed warriors will battle the invasive weeds of Wise River in the final installment of the Beaverhead County Weed District’s Weed Days of 2021 on Sept. 17, when volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. at the Wise River Fire Hall. For more information, call the Beaverhead County Weed District at 683-3790.

Splash Pad hours

The splash pad in Jaycee Park in downtown Dillon operates seven days a week, starting at 10 a.m. The facility features motion detectors that will get the water moving when kiddos head into it to play. For more information, call 683-4245.

Food pantries Wednesdays

The Beaverhead Community Food Pantry, 131 E. Helena in Dillon, distributes food on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to all community members requesting assistance. For more information, call 406-660-4500. The Twin Bridges Helping Hand Food Pantry, located upstairs above the Twin library at 206 S. Main St., will open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone in need for food is invited. For more information, email

Pinochle three days a week

A friendly game of Pinochle can found 1–4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays at the Beaverhead Senior Center, 126 S. Montana St. in downtown Dillon. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 683-6206.

BCHS Class of 2001

The claas of 2001 will hold their 20th reunion over Labor Day weekend. A BBQ from noon to 4 p.m. at the Jaycee Park on Sept. 3 is one of the events on the agenda. For more information see their Facebook page Beaverhead County High School Class of 2001 or contact Anna Shafer 843 367-6249, Amber Burch 406 925-1346, or Kari Davis 406 925-0983.