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UPDATE: Janelle Nelson announced the following on Wednesday afternoon, June 24:

CANCELED: the Annual Poker ride, run on Friday night 6/26/2020 of Valier Homesteaders Day. 

It is with a heavy heart and trusting my gut instinct I am canceling the event. The uncertainty and unknowns of the COVID virus poses a potential risk to all. The safety of attendees and the community is my number one priority. I sincerely thank all of you who have supported the event in the past many years as participants and volunteers! I look forward to future events! Til we meet again; stay safe, stay healthy, breathe, get outside, laugh and ride on! 

In order to be compliant it is required to capture and track every attendee, passer by that stops, gather contact information and reach out to all in case of an exposure or later known positive test. Yes, people can attend at their own risk, however there is still risk I'm not willing to personally take.

Soul searching; to have life and events held up by a virus and safety decisions seems very violating and unfair. I have never experienced an epidemic in my lifetime which requires such precautions and limitations on our liberties. I feel for all of us and how our lives have changed. Lets work together to touch base with those who are isolated and reflect on what positives are surrounding us and what positive outcomes COVID has brought. 

Great vibes to you all for Peace, Great Health and wishing you time outdoors to clear the mind! 

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While many small communities across the country chose to cancel their hometown celebrations this year, Valier is moving forward with a modified schedule for Homesteader Days. 

According to Valier Area Development Corporation President, Cheryl Curry, “We will be having a much scaled down event this year. We will do a ‘Cruise the Drag’ event for about an hour from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Everyone is invited to participate by cruising with their car, side-by-side, golf cart, or whatever,” said Curry. “We will celebrate our community and friends by honking, waving, playing music etc. We also encourage balloons, decorations, hats, flags, signs, etc. to make it fun!”

The “Cruise the Drag” route will begin at the Ben Taylor bulk plant south on the Cut Bank-Valier Hwy then proceed west on Hwy 44 and Teton Avenue to the Lake Frances boat dock area.

“Some may want to park along the street watch from their cars. This is just a fun and safe way to see your neighbors after several months of limited contact or outings.”  

There will be no vendors or food events this year.

Other events include:

Food concessions will be available on a donation basis. 

• Coed softball tourney, on a smaller scale, Friday and Saturday. There will be eight local teams competing. Observers will easily be able to sit in or near their vehicles. Softball games will start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and the consolation and championship games are set to begin Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

•The Homesteader Hustle 5K Fun Run will start on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. outside the Lake Frances Pavilion. Please bring food or cash donations to the Valier Food Pantry. There is no registration fee. Waivers will be signed on site. Participants are asked to arrive early. 

The route will follow the Triple P 5K course and will be marked with small flags. 

“This will be an excuse to leave your house and get outside. We will celebrate our community and friends while we still urge community members to be respectful of others and practice healthy behaviors,” concluded Curry. 

Visit these Facebook pages or the VADC website for more information: Valier Area Development Corporation, Homesteader Hustle Fun Run or www.valier.org.

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