Members of the Friends of Makoshika are proud to host the 20th annual Buzzard Day in Makoshika State Park on Saturday, June 13.
The group is planning a full day of activities, beginning with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Glendive Kiwanis.
At 9 a.m., runners will line up for events including a 5K and 10K, a one-mile fun walk/run, and a free kids’ run. Billed as “Montana’s toughest 10K,” the distance course winds up Makoshika’s infamous switchbacks through the rugged beauty of the badlands. The $20 registration fee includes a Buzzard Day T-shirt and lunch, sponsored by the Glendive Kiwanis at the Kiwanis Group Use Shelter. No T-shirt or lunch are included with the free kids’ run, but both will be available for purchase.
The Badlands Geocachers Group will host several hunts for geocache sites within the park, kicking off the second annual Glendive Coin Challenge. An archery demonstration by the Makoshika Bowmen and a prairie ecosystem hike will round out the morning’s activities.
The Kiwanis “buzzard burger” lunch is open to all.
Kids also will enjoy a full day of activities, with games, train rides, a jumping castle furnished by the Glendive Girl Scouts, a knot tying demonstration by local Boy Scouts, kids’ horseback rides sponsored by Shorty & Bear’s Ranch, and a dinosaur dig. Also, back by popular demand, is a “mile high” kite flying session.
Other afternoon activities will include geology and botany hikes in the afternoon and a photography hike later in the day.
The day will wind down with a free evening concert by Miles City band Streetwize, set in the beautiful Hiatt Amphitheater. Ronnie, Eli and Scott perform a classic blend of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s rock that will please any music fan!
Buzzard Day will also coincide with the grand opening of the park’s newly remodeled Visitors’ Center.
In honor of the 20th anniversary and the grand opening, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer will be on hand to enjoy the festivities. Parks Director, Joe Murier, will also be present.
For more information go to the Friends of Makoshika Web site at www.makoshika.org
Published June 10, 2009