Rimrock Auto Arena Re-Opening Celebration
About This Event:
After exactly one year of construction, MetraPark’s Rimrock Auto Arena will celebrate its grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting, two mile fun run, barbecue, tours, demonstrations, music and more on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19 from 11:30am to 5pm. Geared to families and especially fathers, the day offers a variety of fun experiences:
The “Twister Two Mile” walk/run will begin at 11:30am at the base of the arena near the southwest doors. Racers will then proceed east up the hill towards the upper parking lot and enter Earl Guss Park Trail. The trail continues under Main Street through Alkali Creek, to a cone signaling the turnaround point. Racers will then return on the same route. A final loop past the pond will finish at the original start line. In addition to the time and age awards, awards will also be given to the fastest, youngest, and oldest fathers in the race, as well as the most generations participating. Proceeds from the “Twister Two Mile” run will fund the purchase of new bike racks for MetraPark. To register and receive additional information, visit www.imathlete.com/events/twistertwomile.
The Senior High School Drum Corps will be stationed at the pond in the center of the MetraPark grounds and will “drum” the runners in as they approach the finish line. Performance scheduled for 11:35am to 12:20pm.
A pig roast and barbeque begins at noon near the Cowboy Hall and Wall Of Fame at the front of the arena. Priced at just $5, the meal includes roast pork or brisket, chips, rolls, salad, and water or soda.
The flag raising: The original flag and pole were provided by the Billings Gazette and the American Legion in 1985. Representing the Billings Gazette will be the newspaper’s Publisher, Mike Gulledge, and for the American Legion, John Louk, who was present at the 1985 dedication, and George Blackard, of American Legion Post #4. Although the pole was lost in the tornado, the original flag was salvaged following the storm and will be installed in a case in the arena lobby shortly after the flag raising.
The ribbon cutting at the front of the arena will immediately follow the flag raising. The Billings Chamber CVB Trailblazers will facilitate the ribbon cutting and Yellowstone County Board of County Commissioners; John Ostlund, Chair; Jim Reno Commissioner, and Bill Kennedy, Commissioner and Liaison to MetraPark. Billings Mayor, Tom Hanel, Vice-Chair of the MetraPark Advisory Board, Barry Usher, and MetraPark General Manager, Bill Dutcher. Members of the Congressional Delegation are also scheduled to be on hand.
The dedication of a plaque commemorating the arena renovation and the recovered flag, will occur just inside the lobby and the dedication of a Freedom Shrine on the West Concourse will take place inside the building following the ribbon cutting.
2:00 pm — 4:00 pm:
Concessions and Beer Stands open and offer products at reduced prices.
Tours: MetraPark Advisory Board Members and other volunteers will be stationed around the renovated arena to answer questions and give information. The public may visit places in the building.
Big Shoes takes the stage on the arena floor from 2pm until 4pm with a break at 2:50pm for a performance by members of the Rainbow Dance Competition Team.
Band Bio: The band Big Shoes is not new to the Billings Rock and Roll scene. They have been together in one form or another since 1988. Through the years their music has changed, but their love of music has remained steadfast. In 2009, the band once again decided to mix things up, and brought two new members into the mix: lead singer Patrick Michaelis and guitarist Jon Verbeck. Original members include Jeff Slavick, Lloyd Swords, Jerry Lee, and Scott Nagel, who have had a presence in the Billings rock scene for many years. With the new additions, the group has reinvented themselves, and the variety of music they play. Busting out and into the Billings club scene with their mix of classic and modern rock, Big Shoes has a little something for everyone…and then a little extra!
Play Twister! Remember the fun game from the 1970s that had you all akimbo with hands and feet on the vinyl game board? We’ll here’s your chance to re-live the experience or try it for the first time. Adults will compete on the big game board — a 20 by 20 foot Twister behemoth created by Reliable Tent and Awning. Kids can compete on four of the standard and smaller game boards. Get a team together and compete as a team or just as an individual for prizes donated by Target, Wal-Mart, and McKenzie River Pizza. It’ll have you in knots!
The Big Rig . . . Members of the stagehands union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, will demonstrate how they “rig” the big shows and even let kids try to guide a chain motor to the ceiling by remote control — just to be on the safe side. Folks will learn a lot about how sound and lights and big trusses get hung from the arena ceiling for shows. The IATSE is the labor union representing technicians, artisans and crafts people in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows.
Ready Yellowstone Exhibits: Organizations involved in disaster response will launch a Ready Yellowstone campaign. They will be on site to share information about preparedness and volunteer opportunities.
Participate in the “Father’s Day Great Giveaway! The Downtown Exchange Club of Billings sponsors the Father’s Day Great Giveaway as a way to offer some fantastic prizes for the participants of the event. People can register to win for free and put their entries in the prize drum located at the Club’s booth at the back of the arena on the concourse level. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
- Watch the game in style – the grand prize in our giveaway is a 46” LCD Flat Screen HDTV featuring 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 5000:1 dynamic contract so you can practically feel the hits right in your own living room! We provide the entertainment, you provide the snacks.
- Trek through the great outdoors – Enjoy those summer days riding with the family, or venture off the beaten path on a new Specialized mountain bike. Whether you are jumping off the curb or over a fallen tree, this bike from the Spoke Shop will get you there with style, confidence, and control. So your kids don’t get the wrong message – we’ve also provided a helmet! Thanks Spoke Shop!
- It’s Fair Time! – Treat your whole family (up to six) to a week of all that MontanaFair has to offer. Win MontanaFair ValuPasses with concert entertainment from Three Days Grace, Dierks Bentley, Eddie Money/.38 Special, Supercross, Yellowstone River Roundup ProRodeo, and gate admission all nine days of the fair – there is something for the whole family! Dad will be the true king of the castle at the end of this festive week.
- Hot! Hot! Hot! – Treat yourself to the best of the best in wings by winning one of four $100 gift certificates to Buffalo Wild Wings! Nothing says “Dad” more than hot wings, cold drinks, and sports streaming from multiple televisions. Take the whole family and enjoy cheering on your favorite team! Provided by Buffalo Wild Wings
- Pepsi for a Year – Never spend a day of the next year without a refreshing Pepsi product at your fingertips. Pepsi Cola Bottling Company and the Dimich family have generously provided one lucky Dad with one case of Pepsi product each month for an entire year.
- “Honey Do’s” are done honey! Finish one or several of those jobs around the house with the help of a $100 gift card from Ace Hardware.
4:00 pm – 4:45pm:
Introduction and M.C.: Harry Merchant, Chaplain at St. Vincent Healthcare, President, Billings Clergy Association
Opening Hymn: America the Beautiful, led by the singing group “Con Spirito”
Psalm 29: read by Rev. Linda McCloud – Billings Clergy Assn.
Reading: Rabbi Barbara Block – Billings Clergy Assn.
Native American Smudging Ceremony: Chief Leon Rattler of the Blackfeet Nation: Introduction by Pastor Mike Yakawich – Billings Clergy Assn.
Community Blessing: Rev. Gary Waddingham, Billings Clergy Assn. Vice President
Closing Hymn: Simple Gifts by “Con Spirito”
Fire siren sounds off: The City of Billings Fire Department will have a fire truck in the arena and the siren will sound off to signal the time one year ago to the day when the Father’s Day tornado struck MetraPark and the Billings Heights.
Father’s Day Great Giveaway drawing. Need not be present to win.