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).
59th Annual Homesteader Days
Friday, July 14, 2023
The 59th Annual Homesteader Days event will kick off the evening of July 14th, 2023 with the Outdoor Concert event. Gates open at 4:30 pm. Exit 53 opens at 6:30 pm, followed by Tracy Byrd at 8:00 pm. Exit 53 will come back on stage for our After Party and 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!
Schedule of Events
- 4:30pm: Gates open
- 5:00pm: Food, beer, and other drinks available on grounds
- 6:30pm: Exit 53
- 8:00pm: Tracy Byrd
- 10:00pm: Exit 53 (After-Party)
- Beer garden open until 12:30am
- No coolers please!
- NO re-entry!
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Homesteader Days Run kicks off at 8:15 am. Gates will open at 10:00 am and Craft/Vendor Show runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Homesteader Days Parade will start at 11:00 am, followed by other fun activities, such as carnival games, carnival rides for smaller children, and Fun on the Farm games. 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. Live music will play in the Beer Garden from 8:00 pm to 12:00 pm and there will be a live auction at 9:00 pm. The Beer Garden will be open from 22:00 am to 12″30 am and fireworks will be shot off at dusk.
Schedule of Events
- 8:15am: Homesteader Run
- 10:00am: Gates open to park
- 10:00am – 4:00pm: Craft/Vendor Show
- 11:00am: Homesteader Parade
- 11:30am – 2:00pm: Songdog Serenade by Coors Tent
- 12:00pm – 6:30pm: Kids Carnival Rides/Games
- 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Fun on the Farm Games
- 5:30pm: Greased Pig Race
- 8:00pm – 12:00am: Stolen Roan in Beer Garden
- 9:00pm-11pm: Teen Dance
- 9:00pm: Beer Garden Live Auction
- Dusk: Fireworks! (If permissible)
- 12:30am: Beer garden closes
Advanced Tickets are $45 from January 1st to June 30th, 2023 – ONLINE
Full Price Tickets are $55 from July 1st to July 14th, 2023 – ONLINE
– IN PERSON with cash or check at following locations; Shipton’s Big R – Billings locations, Project Merc – Worden and R&R Trading – Huntley, Huntley Project Museum – Huntley.
– AT THE GATE with cash or online on July 14th ONLY starting at 4:30 pm.
Tickets are available for purchase until we reach venue maximum capacity. Tickets are non-refundable.
Kids 6 and under get in free. Please bring proof of purchase of your ticket with QR code for gate check-in. Preferred options are:
- Mobile check-in off your phone …or…
- Printed proof of purchase from ticket website.
Register Now! for the Homesteader Run on our website. The cost is $20 per person, and must be paid the day of the race.
Saturday Entry Fee
Tickets for park entry are $2.00 at the gate. No advanced purchase.
Craft Vendor Form
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).