Huge crowds are expected to converge on the Cut Bank International Airport Aug. 16-18 for the Montana Fun Weekend and Cut Bank Trails and Ales Brewfest.
The Montana Fun Weekend festivities officially start on Friday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. when they run the wet-dry burnout contest.
Once the smoke clears and the prizes are awarded, the drive-in movie will be shown in the big hangar. The crowd gathered for the movie will get to select which Cars movie, one, two or three, they will be watching. There is a $3 admission charge for the burnout contest, but there is no charge for the movie portion of the evening.
Saturday, Aug. 17 is the big day at Montana Fun Weekend. Gate admission for the day is $5, with kids 12 and under getting in the gate for free. The day starts early with a 7 a.m. fly-in, drive-in breakfast sponsored by the Cut Bank Moose Lodge. The cost for breakfast is $8.
The car, cycle and airplane show starts at 10 a.m. and entry fee for each car, cycle or airplane is $10. Awards are given out after 2 p.m. for the top five cars, top two motorcycles and top airplane.
Starting at 4 p.m. the eighth-mile drag races will begin and run until it is too dark to race. Entry fee is $15 per car. Helmet and seat belts are required. Vehicle and driver inspections will take place from noon to 3 p.m.
The Cut Bank Trails and Ales Brewfest is a new addition to the Montana Fun Weekend and is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in the big hangar at the airport. The brewfest concludes at 9 p.m.
Tickets for the brewfest are $2 each and can be used to purchase a beer from any of the breweries or distributors on hand.
Each brewery will be bringing at least two different crafted brews, so there will be at least 12 different crafted beers for people to sample and enjoy.
In addition to Cut Bank Creek Brewery, other breweries and distributors will be Big Spring Brewing out of Lewistown, Philipsburg Brewing Company from Philipsburg, Bias Brewing in Kalispell, Eagle Beverage in Great Falls and Gusto Distributing also from Great Falls.
Along with the brewing companies, there will be several food vendors joining in the fun and there will be live music in the hangar for the evening too.
Proceeds from the brewfest will go towards the work the Cut Bank Trails organization will be doing on the Sports Complex portion of the walking trail. Groundbreaking for that piece of the trail is slated to take place in the spring of 2021.
The weekend concludes on Sunday, Aug. 18 with another fly-in, drive-in breakfast starting at 7 a.m.
For questions about the Montana Fun Weekend, here are the contact names and numbers.
•Car show and car events, Roy Nollkamper, 406-873-2137 or 406-450-1078 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Airplane fly-in and aircraft events as well as vendors, booths and general information, Dave Ries, 406-873-8683 or 406-229-0376 or 406-845-2949.
•Racing information Dick Ebert, 406-873-5738 or 406-873-5515.