Wolf Point Herald

Wild Horse Stampede, Centennial Events Underway


This front page from the July 9, 1915 Wolf Point Herald asks why Wolf Point should incorporate as a city.

The 92nd annual Wild Horse Stampede and the Wolf Point Centennial Celebration kick off this week and will be held Wednesday through Saturday, July 8-11.
Several of the High Plains Drifters gunfighters were to be in costume Wednesday, July 8, to promote their two shows on Saturday. The Wolf Point Old West reenactment group will perform in public for the first time with seven skits during the two performances. At least two members of the group have experience with Old West reenactment groups.
Wednesday activities included a tri-tip barbecue at 5 p.m. at Marvin Brookman Stadium, followed by the annual KVCK Country Showdown at 7 p.m.
Several first-time contestants were among the 10 who signed up to compete in the annual KVCK Country Showdown. The popular talent contest returned to the Stampede grounds this year after being held in the Wolf Point High School auditorium the last five years.
Ten contestants signed up for the Country Showdown. They included Parker Jo Brunelle of Bismarck, N.D.; Al Bets His Medicine of Poplar; DeLaura LaFaye of Dagmar; Sarah Morales of Opheim; Natasha Richter of Butte; Brian Salveson of Williston; Rachel Sigmundstad of Glasgow; Mikela and Alissa Smith of Wolf Point; Pieter VanHeerden of Wolf Point; and Trinity Whitmus of Wolf Point.
A dance followed at the Stampede grounds with the Colorado-based band Ryan Chrys and the Roughcuts playing from 9 p.m. until midnight.
The Centennial Committee and High Plains Motors provided a courtesy car to drive people home from the dance as a means to keep intoxicated drivers off the road.
The ever-popular Catholic Hamburger Stand opens at 11 a.m. Thursday on Main Street.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday will include three days of the annual Stampede parade at noon with the theme “Do You Remember When.” Ten historical-themed floats will be featured and showcased in Marvin Brookman Stadium before each PRCA-sanctioned rodeo performance, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. each night.
Street dances on Main Street will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
The Stampede Roundup Tough Enough To Wear Pink Golf Tournament will be held at the Airport Golf Course Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, will kick off with the Human Stampede, sponsored by Fort Peck Community College. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Sherman Park.
From 7 to 11 a.m. will be the annual WolPoint Museum pancake breakfast at the museum on U.S. Hwy. 2, with the dedication of the new building taking place at 10 a.m.
Cowboy Church featuring The Petersons will be held at the Marvin Brookman Stadium, starting with coffee at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the service at 10 a.m.
Art in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Sherman Park.
Wolf City Rods and Rides will have a Show and Shine at 1 p.m. on Main Street.
Also on Saturday will be the wackiness of bed races with several heats with four-person teams pushing beds on wheels through downtown streets and a fifth team member on the bed wearing pajamas, starting on either Benton or Custer Street and ending on Second Avenue South, just south of Anaconda Street. The first heat will be at 2:15 p.m.
Registrations for the bed races will be at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Courthouse North Annex, the building on the 100 block of Custer Street that houses the Roosevelt County Health Department and the Wolf Point Senior Center.
The Stick Horse Rodeo by Miss Rodeo Montana Hanna Heckman at Sherman Park will take place at 2 p.m.
The long ago tradition of Wolf Point pie-eating contests will resume Saturday in Sherman Park at 3 p.m. and will feature several heats for various ages as well as a celebrity heat.
The High Plains Drifters will present two 45-minute skits in Firemen’s Park at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m., before and after the bed races and pie-eating contest are held. Each show will be a different skit.
Former KVCK announcer David Arndt will emcee the Saturday afternoon events.
Saturday and Sunday will see the first Moto Cross events in Wolf Point with the Lone Wolf XC Races.

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Celebrating The Fourth With A Bang

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The annual Fourth of July fireworks display in Wolf Point was the biggest pyrotechnic show to date with about $7,000 to $8,000 worth of fireworks. The show has gone on every July 4 for many years as an alcohol and drug free family-oriented activity for the children of the community. This year’s fireworks crew included (back row, left to right) Shawn Blount, Troy Blount, Jay Walby, Matt Azure, Robert Agulair, Denny Blount, (front) George Blount, August Spotted Wolf, Landon Ackerman, Coy Black Eagle and (not pictured) Larry Martin.  (Fireworks photo by John Plestina, crew photo submitted)

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Smoke From Canadian Fires Persists

Thick smoke generated by about 200 wildfires burning hundreds of miles north in Canada continues to be a problem in northeast Montana.
Smoke has invaded the area for more than a week.
The National Weather Service in Glasgow has contacted several county and tribal health departments in the region about ongoing smoke issues.
NWS reports that it anticipates smoke will continue on and off with different levels of severity for several weeks.
At one mile or less visibility, NWS will issue dense smoke advisories.
NWS reported that 3,678,884 acres were burning in northern Saskatchewan, northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories Tuesday, July 7. It has also been reported that about 318,000 acres were burning in British Columbia, resulting in some smoke invading northern Montana.
Smoke has been reported as far south as Oklahoma and Arkansas and as far east as Illinois.
Health precautions include staying inside an air-conditioned building with windows closed. N95 masks are recommended for people who have to be outside. Cloth painting masks are not going to help.

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Tigers And Elephants And Clowns Dazzle People At Shrine Circus

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Jordan World Circus of Las Vegas, Nev., returned to Wolf Point Wednesday, July 1, producing the annualShrine Circus for two shows at Marvin Brookman Stadium. Proceeds benefit the projects of the Eastern Montana Shriners.  (Photos by Jessica Smith)

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Damaging Winds South Of River Not Tornado


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Winds that destroyed a pole barn and caused other damage for people living on Montana Hwy. 528 in northern McCone County Wednesday, July 1, were not a tornado, according to the National Weather Service in Glasgow.
Rita Hardy, who lives on Hwy. 528 about two miles [not by road] from Wolf Point, said Thursday, July 2, that she believed a tornado blew her pole barn into pieces, with debris scattered over a three-quarter mile area. Some pieces of the barn hung from trees.
A neighbor of hers lost a roof from an out building.
The damaging wind, which was during a hail storm, had straight line winds recorded as high as 95 mph, according to Glasgow NWS warning coordination meteorologist Tanja Fransen.
The McCone County Sheriff’s Office reported that there were calls about a possible tornado.
The wind event occurred at a time when a severe thunder storm warning was in place. There was no tornado watch at the time.
NWS meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist said the Glasgow office had reports of gusty winds reaching 50 mph near Oswego and several reports of pea size hail.

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