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Dakota Manecke enjoys a leisurely afternoon swim at the Cut Bank Swimming Pool, knowing it won’t be long before she’ll be back training for summer pole vault competitions. Dakota placed second at the State Class B Track Meet recently.

School is out. The weather is becoming more summer-like with every passing day. And now, kids around the country are exclaiming, “There is nothing to do!”

If those kids live in Cut Bank, there is plenty to do for them and their families. Not only do we have a bunch of things to do here, but there is something for everyone. Read on and pick your favorite summer fun-things to do and then get busy doing them!

City Pool

The Cut Bank City Pool is open for business for the summer with open swim time Sunday through Thursday from 1-7 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 8:30 p.m. Jennifer Biegler is holding a swim class for those swimmers who want to get more fit and become stronger swimmers too. That class is starting now and is each day for an hour from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and will run for two weeks. The class fee is $30. 

Water aerobics is also back in full swing with two classes being offered, thanks to the overwhelming response to the one class last year. Monday through Thursday, water aerobics will have classes at both 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Those same times, the pool offers lap swimming to those using that as their favorite form of exercise. Those attending those classes need to have either a season pass or a punch pass in order to participate.

Swimming lessons are also available at the pool this summer. The fee for the class is $30 and classes run for eight days, 30 minutes each day. Contact Jennifer at the pool for details at 873-2828.

Civic Center

The Joe Meagher Memorial Civic Center is still open for business all summer for those exercise enthusiasts needing a gym for workout, a cardio room for heart fitness or a weight room for those looking to pump some iron. There are also several racquetball courts that can be used if you are looking for a racquetball game or a place to practice.

Call the Civic Center at 873-5581 to learn more about getting an adult pass that allows access 20-hours during a day or to book a birthday party for the kids.

Glacier County Library - Cut Bank

Each summer, the Glacier County Library hosts their Summer Reading Program, which is open to readers of all ages, preschool through adult. The theme this year is a “Universe of Stories” and will include group and individual activities with space-related crafts, science experiments and so much more. 

Registration has already begun, but it is not too late to register and join the fun, which goes through the end of July.

For more information contact the Library at 873-4572 or watch their Facebook page for weekly updates.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is a great way to extend that school-kind of learning thing for kids. St. Paul Lutheran Church is hosting VBS and joining forces with First Presbyterian Church and St. Margaret Catholic Church. VBS from those three churches will be held at St. Paul and runs from June 17-21. It starts at 9 a.m. each day and the kids finish up at 1:30 p.m. There is a $10 registration fee, which includes lunch and a snack each day. Andrea Anderson is the contact and she can be reached at 406-229-0425.

Cut Bank Community Bible Church is also holding a VBS event, which starts a little later in the summer, running from July 29-Aug. 1. For additional details, contact Janet at the church at 873-2354.

Glacier County Historical Museum

Glacier County Historical Museum has some amazing family entertainment scheduled throughout the summer and at a minimal cost. On the third Friday of each month they will be holding Game Night starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost for each Game Night player is $5. 

On the first Friday of the month, the Museum will be hosting Silent Movie Night with flicks beginning at 7 p.m. There is no cost for coming to watch the movie, but there will be a slight charge for concessions, should you grab some popcorn and pop to enjoy with the movie. 

Cut Bank Walking Trail

The Cut Bank Walking Trail is open for use year-round, but there is nothing like talking a walk during a nice summer morning in Cut Bank or during the cooler evening hours. 

One part of the walking trail goes through the scenic coulee area of south Cut Bank and is a beautiful two mile walk from trailhead to trailhead. Walkers are asked to stay on the trail at all times, as the property off the trail is private property. 

New for the trail are the bike racks located at two different junctions of the coulee walking trail. The trailhead at the beginning on Dean Drive and at the opposite end, both have bike racks for those wanting to bike to the trail and then walk the trail. Remember, bicycles are not allowed on the trail. 

The Anna Jeffries portion of the walking trail is getting ready for construction, so stay tuned for details on that new and big part of the trail. 

O-Mok-See

The Cut Bank Saddle Club is the place for the cowboys and cowgirls to join in the O-Mok-See races and fun. Every Thursday evening from May through October, this horse-riding event takes place with prizes and fun for all riders.

Golf Tournaments

It would seem that almost every weekend there is a golf tournament being held at the Cut Bank Golf and Country Club. Whether a seasoned golfer or a newbie, there is a tournament of fun for everyone.

There is also “open” golfing times and league playing times all through the week and weekend. And remember, golf is not just for the big kids. Kids of all ages enjoy this sport and are welcome to come play a round at this beautiful course.

The best way to find out about the tournaments that are open to the public and the open times to golf, is call the Country Club at 873-2574.

Farmer’s Market

Every Wednesday, starting on June 5 through October, Cut Bank City Park on Main Street is the place for the Cut Bank Farmer’s Market. From 3-6 p.m. vendors can be found in the park with veggies and fruit, soaps, jams and jellies and everything else in between. 

North American Indian Days

From July 11-14, Browning will be the host site for this popular event that showcases the Blackfeet Indians and the traditions they are so well-known for. There are dancing and drum competitions, traditional stick games, relay races and rodeo events. Vendors will also be on the grounds selling food, arts and crafts, jewelry and artwork throughout the weekend. 

Marias 4-County Fair

This annual summer-time event is always popular and fun for kids of all ages. Not only do they have fun, fair-time events, but this is also the time for the 4-H kids to showcase their work done throughout the year. There is a long list of evening entertainment too, including a rodeo and other grandstand events. Come join the fun July 18-21.

Lewis and Clark Festival

Each summer the Cut Bank Lewis and Clark Festival is the hit of the summer. July 25-27 are the dates for this year’s festival that includes parades, chili-cook-off, golf tournament, softball game, horseshoe tournaments, street dance and lots of fun in the Cut Bank City Park on Main Street. 

Shakespeare in the Park

Summer traditions are what makes it, well, summer. One of those is the long-standing event of Shakespeare in the Park, where actors come and give an outstanding performance of a Shakespeare play. This summer, Henry IV, Part I is the play on tap and will be another fun evening in the Cut Bank City Park on Aug. 7.

Business Appreciation Days BBQ

On the same evening of Shakespeare in the Park, local Cut Bank businesses will show their appreciation to all who provide local support of those businesses, by offering a free BBQ. The Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce provides the food for the evening and members of the local businesses do the cooking.

Montana Fun Weekend

The Cut Bank Airport is the place to be in August when they host the Montana Fun Weekend Aug. 16-18. Along with the fly-ins, burn-outs, a car show and drag races the Montana Fun Weekend has always been known for, the Cut Bank Trails and Ales will be on site on Saturday, handing out brewed ales for one of their fundraisers. 

It is a weekend aptly named, so come and have “fun” starting on Friday.

Cut Bank Creek Brewery

This local business always has something fun and exciting happening at their establishment, whether it is summer or winter. But summer is by far the most fun, as the patio is open and people can enjoy time outside while playing Trivia or any of the other events this place hosts.

See their Facebook page for all the details and events happening regularly and enjoy a home-brewed “brew” while you are there or eat some of the wonderful food coming from the local food truck, The Messy Apron. 

Glacier National Park

Just a few miles down the road is one of the country’s most amazing national parks, Glacier National Park. It has been deemed the “Crown of the Continent” and has some of the most majestic views ever seen in a National Park. 

You can drive through it on your own, take a shuttle and enjoy the scenic views without being the driver, walk any number of trails and see for yourself the wonder of this amazing place or pull into a campground and spend a night or two. There is no limit on what you can see and enjoy in this beautiful park. See their website for more information or just plan a day drive and check it out for yourself. It is a stunning getaway and it is right down the road from Cut Bank. 

So, do you still think there is nothing to do in Cut Bank? Probably not. Get out and enjoy this summer because there really are many things to do in our wonderful community.

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