About Homesteader Days
In 1964, the Huntley Project Lions Club organized the first Homesteader Days. The two-day celebration is held each year on the second weekend in July as a memorial to homesteaders who settled the area. The event honors a hardy breed of pioneer who came on foot, by covered wagon, or by immigrant train to carve out a fertile valley in a land of sagebrush and greasewood.
Photo credits: Homesteader Parade (Bronte Wittpen, Billings Gazette); Greased Pig Race (Rebecca Nobel, Billings Gazette); Band Members (Brendan Dekievit, Montana Music Media).
56th Annual Homesteader Days
Friday, July 10, 2020
The 56th Annual Homesteader Days event will kick off the evening of July 10th, 2020 with the Outdoor Concert event. Gates open at 5:00 pm. The first act will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the second act at 8:00 pm. The local favorite, The Bucky Beaver Ground Grippers, will entertain the crowd until 1:00 am. The concert will be held in the beautiful, 7-acre Homesteader Park. There will be lots of room, plenty of shade trees, and a park full of nice folks and great music. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be available onsite. No coolers allowed please! NO re-entry!
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Gates will open at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 11, 2020. The Homesteader Days Parade will start at 11:00 am, followed by other fun activities, such as carnival games, carnival rides for smaller children, Fun on the Farm games, bingo, and Greased Pig Wrestling. There will be great food and beverages available in the park. Lions Club will be serving their famous BBQ Beef and BBQ Chicken dinners. Local organizations will be serving hamburgers, tacos, nachos, pie/ice cream, and soft drinks. The Beer Garden will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 am, and fireworks will be shot off at dusk.
Schedule of Events
- 8:15am: Homesteader Run
- 8:30am: Gates open to park
- 11:00am – 6:00pm: Country Market Craft Sale
- 11:00am: Homesteader Parade
- 12:00pm – 6:30pm: Carnival in Park/Bingo
- 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Fun on the Farm Games
- 4:00pm – 5:30pm: Live on stage: TBD
- 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Calcutta, Greased Pig Race
- 8:00pm: Live in Beer Garden: TBD
- 9:00pm: Beer Garden Live Auction
- 9:00pm – 12:00am: Teen dance
- Dusk: Fireworks!
- 1:00am: Beer garden closes
Advanced tickets go on sale May 3rd! They can be Purchased Online thru July 10th for $35.00 plus a $2.50 processing fee. Tickets can be picked up at the “Will Call” on concert day. They can also be purchased for $35 at all Shipton’s Big R – Billings, R & R Trading – Huntley, and Project Merc – Worden. On July 10th, Concert Day, tickets are $40 at all physical locations and are available for cash or credit card purchase (plus processing fee) at “Will Call.” Kids 6 and under get in free. NO re-entry!
Register Now! for the Homesteader Run on our website. The cost is $20 per person, and must be paid the day of the race.
Tickets for the parade and carnival are $2.00 at the gate. No advanced purchase.
All Homesteader Days events are held in Homesteader Park. Take HWY 312 East from the Roundup Highway for 12 miles. Homesteader Park is on the right, just across the railroad tracks, beside the Southern Agricultural Research Center.
There is no lodging or camping spots available on the park grounds; however, there is RV/camping parking outside of the fenced park on the east side of the Huntley Project Museum. RV area is adjacent to Road 8 South and will be marked for RV parking. No hookups available. Lodging is also available in Billings, MT (12 miles west Homesteader Park).