The Billings Outpost

Reenactments featured in Little Bighorn Days

Gen. George Armstrong Custer meets his fate once again in reenactments this weekend near the site of the original battle and near Hardin.
 
By STEPHEN DOW - The Billings Outpost

The Custer’s Last Stand Reenactment and the 21st annual Battle of the Little Big Horn Re-enactment will be featured during the Little Bighorn Days events being held from Wednesday, June 25, to Sunday, June 29.

Crow Native Days events will be held concurrently at the Crow Agency.

The Custer’s Last Stand Re-enactment will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 27-29. It is located just south of Crow Agency and six miles west of Hardin on Old U.S. 87. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under six. To order tickets, visit www.custerslaststand.org/tickets.

The Battle of the Little Bighorn Re-enactment started nearly 20 years ago, to share more of the Native American story of the Indian Wars and to have the reenactment on the ground where the teepees of the Indian Village were located, between Custer’s Last Stand Hill and Reno-Benteen Battlefield. It will be held at 1 p.m. on June 27-29.

This year marks the 138th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which was fought by 600 U.S. cavalry men and more than 1,800 warriors of the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe nations on June 25th, 1876.

The re-enactment is just one of many events that are a part of the Little Bighorn Days.

The events begin on Wednesday with a Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the  Big Horn County Library.

The main event of Thursday’s festivities is the Grand Ball March starting at 7:30 p.m. and featuring all participants in 1876 attire. The march will end at the Big Horn County fairgrounds where the Grand Ball will take place until 10 p.m. Participants in the Grand Ball must pay $20 in advance. A light dinner is included during the ball.

Special events on Friday include an Old West Youth Parade starting at Hardin’s downtown center at 11 a.m. From 5-7 p.m. , there will be a pork dinner benefit for the Hardin AAU Wrestling Club. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of six. The location for the dinner will be announced at a later date. There will also be a talent show at 6 p.m. at the Hardin High School Auditorium. Tickets are $6 at the door.

Events on Saturday begin with the Patriots Cancer Challenge 5K Walk. Registration for the event begins at 6 a.m. at the Hardin High School Track. The walk begins at 7 a.m. and the registration fee is $20. The Custer Historic Field Trip takes place from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost for the event is $55. Call Ted Heath at 329-1315 for more information.

The Little Big Horn Days parade begins at 10 a.m. on Center Avenue. The John Harder Memorial Firemen’s Fun Day, featuring many family games and free food, will take place from 12 -3 p.m. at Wilson Park. A demolition derby will take place at the fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. A Family Fun Night will take place at the 300 block of Center Avenue from 4-6 p.m. It will be followed by a street dance at 8 p.m.  Bucky Beaver and the Ground Grippers will provide music. Tickets are $5.

Sunday will feature a non-denominational church service at Hardin’s First Congregation Church at 11 a.m.

An Arts and Crafts Fair, a Historic Book Fair, and a Quilt Show will be held throughout the Little Bighorn Days.

Crow Native Days will also be taking place from June 25-29. A powwow celebration will take place at 7 p.m. June 26-28. More than $10,000 in prize money will be split between the best singers and dancers in various categories. Darrin Old Coyote and Corky Old Horn will be the masters of ceremonies for the events.

The 2014 Crow Native Days Parade will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27. The parade will begin at Gas Cap Hill in Crow Agency. More than $4,000 in prize money will be split between participants with the best costumes and floats in the parade. Call parade manager Destiny Bear Claw at 679-0743 for information.

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