ONE TO REMEMBER: Thousands attend Livingston's big weekend

Hayden Blackford — Enterprise Intern
Monday, July 5, 2021
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Kids pick up candy thrown by parade walkers on 2nd Street at the Roundup Parade on Friday. (Enterprise photo by Lydia Ely)

The 95th annual Livingston Roundup Parade returned with great turnout, and good weather. The parade honored hometown heroes, and Livingston HealthCare’s float was particularly popular — featuring a giant syringe stabbing COVID-19. 

“Just a bunch of people having a good time, holy cow,” said Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Leslie Feigel. 

Crowds assembled along the route, favoring the shade, and cheered as community and local business floats proceeded. To avoid the heat, some people handed out ice pops, water or fired water guns. 

In the old automobiles competition, a 1950 Chevy pickup from Willow Creek Ranch took first place. Former parade announcer Lois Armentaro waved to the crowds from inside the historic rig. Coming in runner up was Claire Roberts, driving a 1964 Lincoln Convertible. The theme, “Hometown Heroes,” brought in a variety of floats with the winner being Livingston HealthCare and its vaccine-wielding “superhero” staff. The second-place float was American Bank. The freestyle float winner was the Dolly Parton group, and second place was the Park County Community Foundation. 

Horse team the Bozeman Satellites were uncontested. 

America First group took number one for patriotic floats, with a giant eagle float. The Montana Military Club cruised into second place in a fleet of old jeeps. 

There were also many service vehicles from a variety of departments that visited the parade.  

Feigel thanked the Miles City Bagpipers and the Billings Caledonian Pipes and Drums for playing live music.  

The city pool lifeguards went through the parade twice, once on their own float, and also as volunteers holding signs. 

“This was my first (Livingston) parade, and I was blown away by the scope and enthusiasm” said James Langteaux, who owns True North coffee shop in Livingston. 

True North was serving drinks during the parade, and opened a little over a year ago. 

While there was no parade in Livingston in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Langteaux said he had heard about it’s reputation as a must-see event.

Patrick McCutcheon, owner of The Owl Lounge in Livingston, offered similar comments.

“I’ve seen more people in Livingston (today) than I’ve seen in months,” McCutcheon said. 

Follow Yer’ Nose BBQ ventured up to the Livingston parade from Emigrant for the first time, and opened a food truck outside The Owl.

“We’re here to hang out with The Owl,” Follow Yer’ Nose co-owner Taylor Henson said. “They’ve got beer, we’ve got BBQ.”

One parade onlooker, Britt Thiessen, who had just moved to Livingston the same day, said that the parade was his first activity in Livingston. After stating a new job training dogs, he used to the parade to socialize one. 

“It’s about immersing them in public,” Thiessen said. 

The small black dog, Keliyah, waited patiently by his side, clearly stimulated, but calm and responsive. Overall Feigel said there were fewer people than usual, but the parade probably attracted around 7,000 onlookers. 


Roundup Rodeo 

The Livingston Roundup was a sellout all weekend, attracting crowds from near and far. Friday night honored frontline workers, and people like Sgt. Steve Voss of the Park County Sheriff’s Office. 

“So far people have been really great,” said Voss. 

Governor Greg Gianforte, who led the invocation before the rodeo, said it was exciting to see people out. 

“There is no more patriotic crown than a rodeo crowd,” said Gianforte. 

Kaycee Field, who broke the arena record with 91 points in bareback riding, said the tradition in rodeo is amazing.

“It’s 90 percent mental power,” Field said. 

To him, life is a lot like rodeo: if you have a bad day, and get bucked off that’s okay. You wake up the next day and get back on again, Field said.

This time of year, around the Fourth of July is referred to as “Cowboy Christmas,” says Bruce Becker Livingston Roundup Association President, and cowboys have plenty of opportunities to get back in the saddle again. 

Kavin Kingery, Ram Rodeo employee, said that the company sponsors nearly 540 rodeos a year. 

“A lot was lost last year, vendors, stock, contracts.” said Kingery. “It’s kinda like a family reunion everywhere you go.” 

The rodeo wrapped up Sunday night. Here’s the full list of leaders through each event. 

Bareback riding leaders: 

Kaycee Field, 91 points; Tim O’Connell, 88 points; Jess Pope, 86 points; Cole Reiner, 85 points. 

Steer wresting leaders:

Cody Devers, 3.2 seconds; Luke Branquinho, 3.5 seconds; Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds; Denver Roy and Timmy Sparing, both with 3.7 seconds.

Team roping leaders:

Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 3.6 seconds; Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 4.2 seconds; Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 4.2 seconds; QuinnKesler/Caleb Hendrix, 4.2 seconds. 

Saddle bronc riding leaders:

Layton Green, 86.5 points; Chase Brooks, 85 points; Logan Cook, Kole Asher and K’s Thomson, 83 points.

Tie down roping leaders: 

Andrew Burks, 6.7 seconds; Shad Mayfield, 6.8 seconds; Taylor Santos, 7.2 seconds.

Barrel racing leaders: 

Hailey Kinsel, 17.09 seconds; Hallie Hanssen, 17.24 seconds; Dona Kay Rule, 17.32 seconds. 

Bull riding leaders:

 Boudreaux Campbell, 90 points; JB Mauney, 89 seconds; Clayton Sellars, 87 points. 

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