Winter Carnival a chilly, fun affair

Despite sub-below freezing temperatures, the Winter Carnival at Red Lodge Mountain (RLM) powered through. Hearty Montanans embraced the cold to celebrate winter with the cardboard classic race and other fun festivities. “I’m pretty impressed with how many people showed up with the conditions as they were,” said Paul Otsu, RLM events and media coordinator. Although the torchlight parade was cancelled for safety reasons, the celebrations continued with music by “Tom Catmull and the Clerics” and ended with a bang as the fireworks show created a spectacle of light. With Olympic Gold as the theme for this year, there was no shortage of creativity. 46 unique crafts registered for the race. They were bright, some sturdier than others, but overall quite the sight. Some participants ignored the cold and dressed to impress. One team of men dressed as figure skaters, wore stretchy, bright leotards, wigs and one even had peacock feathers Velcroed to his rear end. Like every year, there was no lack of cardboard carnage either. Although RLM workers continuously warned groups to break immediately after crossing the finish line, those speedy crafts could not avoid hitting something. Luckily, there were no injuries and everyone had a good time and got a great parking spot due to fewer crowds.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:30pm
    The Red Lodge Roberts Ambulance District will conduct a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, Jan. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lodge Fire Station. A complete agenda can be found at www.redlodgefire.com/news.
  • Friday, January 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 8:00am
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.