Wilsall Ranch Rodeo this weekend

Jean Skillman

The 16th annual Wilsall Ranch Rodeo is this weekend, Aug. 12-13. 

Attendees should note that it is Friday and Saturday this year.

The barbecue starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Veterans Park Pavilion in Wilsall. There will be auctioning of the teams at 7 p.m. and a dance following.

Breakfast with the cowboys is from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13,  at the Wilsall Fire Hall. It is put on by the Shields Valley High School Business Professionals of America. Donations will be accepted for breakfast. The BPA will also have concessions at the rodeo grounds. 

Rodeo events include Calf Branding, Team Doctoring, Penning, Wild Cow Milking and Sorting and starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wilsall Rodeo Grounds. The Ranch Horse Competition and Kids dummy Roping start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. 


Booster Club dinner

The Shields Valley Booster Club Welcome Back Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Clyde Park gym. The main meal and dessert will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or salad. Booster Club membership will be taken that evening. Anyone purchasing a membership that evening will be entered to win a pair of Shields Valley season activity passes. 

Booster Club Rebel sportswear is displayed and for sale at the Clyde Park  Western Drug Too store.

The required sports parent/athlete meeting will follow the dinner at about 7 p.m.

For more information or to help with the dinner, call Jennifer Engle at 224-8869.


Other upcoming events

• The Shields Valley Farmer’s Market starts at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Holliday Park in Clyde Park. Special music for the evening is by Quenby. For more information call Monica at 686-4444.

• The Shields Valley Senior Citizens potluck dinner starts at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Senior Center in Wilsall. There will be special music and readings. 

• Jennell Huff of the Bank of the Rockies will hold a “CONversation” event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Clyde Park Rural Fire Department, on U.S. Highway 89. She will discuss specific scams that are more prevalent during the summer months, such as lottery and vacation sweepstakes scams. All are welcome to come and learn how to avoid scams.

Light refreshments will be served. 


Church news

Shields Valley United Methodist Church members will join the folks at Shields River Lutheran Church for 9 a.m. worship Sunday, Aug. 14, in Wilsall. A time of refreshments and visiting will follow worship.


Club news

• The Shields Valley Book Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15,  at the Shields River Lutheran Church in Wilsall. The book being discussed this month is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.



• The Clyde Park Bridge Club met Aug. 3 at Clyde Park Tavern and Cafe. with Shirley Wilson as hostess. Prize winners were Bob Eyman, high; and  Bobbie Williams, bingo.

• Wilsall Women’s Pinochle Club met Monday afternoon at the Shields Valley Senior Center. Prize winners were Georgia Hogenson, high; 

Mary Sarver, low; and Marge Briggs, traveling.

• Winners of the Aug. 9 Senior Citizens card party were Jean Skillman, first; Marie Smith, second; Jean Landers, low; Georgia Hogenson, traveling.


Guests, visits and reunions

• The Wilsall High School Class of 1961 held a reunion Friday at the Dinner and a Movie and with a picnic at the home of Wayne and Kay Goffena. Those attending, many with their spouses, were Chuck Hewitt on Chinook; Norm Anderson of Chester; Norm Amundson of El Paso, Texas; John Hebnes of Sierra Vista, Arizona; Elaine Tacke Erath of Charlestown, Indiana; Judy Woosley Fraser of Billings; Kay Seitz Gannon of Bozeman; David Wilson of Big Timber; and from Wilsall, Butch Waddell, Gerry Olson, Shirley Robinson Olson, Wayne Goffena, and Robert Fastje. 

• The Graham Cousins reunion was held Sunday at the home of Bruce and Marge Graham, east of Livingston. Nearly 40 family members came from Washington, Wyoming, Arizona, Billings, Bozeman, Missoula, Florence, Reed Point, Great Falls, Livingston, Sedan and Wilsall.

• Ella and Dean Officer of Chino Valley, Arizona, were guests of Erma Goffena Tuesday through Friday. John and Fran Hebnes of Sierra Vista, Arizona, were Friday overnight guests of Erma, while Zelda Cellucci of Livingston was there all week.

• Allan Skillman of Casper, Wyoming, was a guest of his sister Jean Skillman Friday through Tuesday. They attended Dinner and a Movie, the Graham family reunion, and visited friends in the area.

• Bill and Lori Sarrazin celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with family at Fairmont Resort during the weekend. Others attending were Elizabeth and Josh Helgeson and daughter Bailey of Spokane, Washington; Nate Sarrazin of Minneapolis; Matthew Sarrazin of Luther; Zach and Bridget Sarrazin and son Greyson of Wilsall; and Laura Homan of Wilsall.

• More than 60 folks attended the weekend Held family reunion at the home of Jim and Wilma Held in Clyde Park. They came from Colorado Springs, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; and White Sulphur Springs, East Helena, Helena, Belgrade, Bozeman and Clyde Park.