Events 08/20/2018 05:02 PM

August 25, 2018

29th Annual Lewis & Clark Festival = Re-scheduled!

Saturday: Lewis & Clark Festival activities
Thanks to sponsors such as US Bank and the Portage Route Chapter, Saturday’s Festival events are free to the public, with a jam-packed day filled with fun family activities.

9:45 a.m. - The Honor Guard will kick off the day with a black powder salute among the shade trees and open space of Gibson Park.

12:00 p.m. and 3:00 pm. - A highlight of the 2018 Festival includes two performances from Native American dancers and drummers!

4:00 p.m. - The Honor Guard will fire off all of the reproduction firearms in a spectacular afternoon program! They will give detailed explanations of where they were acquired, and their use during the expedition. All of the firearms will be loaded and fired with a blank charge. As a staple of military units and a necessity of survival, firearms were essential for the Corps of Discovery.

Throughout the Day
* Several musicians and groups will also perform in the band shell, including Peter and Molly Wilson, Jeni Dodd, Thorn Amongst Roses, and Jim Christianson.

* Children’s activities include story-telling with Buddy, a live Newfoundland dog representing Seaman, the dog owned by Meriwether Lewis. Lewis purchased Seaman for $20, a large sum of money 200 years ago. He served as a good hunter and guard dog during the expedition. Children are also encouraged to bring a trade good and hone their bartering skills with a seasoned trader, at the trade blanket.

* The nationally renowned Lewis and Clark Honor Guard will fire many of the weapons used by the explorers, throughout the day, including a swivel gun canon.

Every Hour
* The Lewis and Clark Honor Guard will give presentations in period dress every hour, in the Council Lodge Presentation Area. Two conjoined tipis form the “stage” for each program, as was the historical tradition among some of the Native tribes in the area. A few of the programs include Firestarting and Other Fun Activities, Selling the Indian Nations on their New Trading Partner, and Geological Discoveries of Lewis and Clark. Casey Wiley will also demonstrate how to skin a beaver. Another popular venue is the Native lodge encampment, with several Native tipis.

* Several artisans, including a furrier, metal artist, potters and beadworkers will exhibit their trades. The fine arts and crafts area will feature many unique items for sale.

* Food concessions will also cater to the crowds, featuring Indian tacos, burgers, and other food items.

7:00 p.m. - The festivities continue as the River’s Edge Trail hosts its popular Luminaria Walk. In partnership with the Festival, the Trail has brought back its popular Luminaria Walk, with food, music, and a host of other activities along the River’s Edge Trail. The Trail will be lit from Gibson Park and proceed under the tunnel across the Missouri River via the pedestrian bridge, and into West Bank Park. Folks can turn around and continue back the one-mile journey to Gibson Park. The Luminaria Walk is a great family event, and a perfect way to take a stroll along the Missouri River.

Thank You to the Festival Sponsors!



Portage Route Chapter
Cherry Creek Media
ABC FOX Montana

Atlantic Richfield
Montana Federal Credit Union
US Bank
Great Falls Tribune

Best Western Plus Heritage Inn
Home Renovations
City Motor Company
First Interstate Bank

Northwestern Energy
Anderson ZurMuehlen
Great Falls College MSU

For more information call the Lewis and Clark Foundation at (406) 452-5661.

This event is sponsored by:

Cherry Creek Media
Lewis & Clark Festival Major Sponsor

Portage Route Chapter
Lewis & Clark Festival Major Sponsor

Lewis & Clark Festival Major Sponsor

ABC FOX Montana
Lewis & Clark Festival Major Sponsor

Lewis & Clark Festival Major Sponsor

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