The Cattle Drive is coming back to Billings
Billings, MT has a rich history of agriculture and ranching so it made sense that there used to be a cattle drive that went through downtown Billings. That unfortunately had to come to a close due to traffic restrictions and the infringement on businesses. The BIRD has found a new home for the cattle drive however, right in the heart of the East Billings Urban Renewal District. The BIRD is hosting the new cattle drive in association with the NILE.
The Heart of the EBURD
The Cattle Drive will be running in the heart of the district, right past many of the western and agricultural businesses that have been staples in the EBURD since its establishment. The drive will start at 13th St. going down 2nd Ave. The turnaround will be at 17th St. and will go back up 3rd Ave to where it began on 13th St.
Everyone is welcome!
There will be no fee to come and enjoy the drive, everyone is welcome to come and watch as cattle, longhorn, and horses pulling wagons walk the streets of the EBURD. There will be food trucks and live music as well as opportunities to get up close to the animals in an animal viewing area. Food trucks include Lil’ Red Wagon, Big Sky Donuts, BW Blacksmith Coffee, The Fix, Higher Grounds Coffee, and the Fry Bread House! Feel free to bring lawn chairs to get comfy and enjoy the drive.
After the Drive, we are hosting a Cattle Meet and Greet at 406 Events Lawn! Come over to 323 N 14th St to see some animals up close and learn more agriculture in Billings. There will be alpacas, goats, mini cows, and a pony! The Career Center and 4H will be there to share more information about agriculture in Billings!
Perfect Kick-Off for the NILE
The cattle drive will be the first Saturday of the NILE, October 14th. It will start at 9 AM and go until about 12PM. There will be coffee and breakfast food trucks available around the drive route for everyone to enjoy.
Volunteers are Needed
We are also looking for volunteers to help direct people at road closures, hand out some informational flyers to attendees the day of the event, as well as pick up after the drive. Don’t worry though, you won’t be cleaning up what the animals leave behind! All volunteers will get lunch sponsored by The High Horse Saloon owner, Reid Pyburn! Learn more and sign up right here!
These are all the amazing sponsors who helped make the First Annual BIRD Cattle Drive Happen!