Summer Coming to a Close

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, CEOby Dixie Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

[This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspectives” article in The Sheridan Press, August 22, 2015.]

As I sit here in the afterglow of another successful 3rd Thursday Street Festival, I can’t help but reflect on what an amazing summer it has been. Our community has certainly stepped up in support of all the events and activities this season and has truly rolled out the red carpet for our visitors and guests. Thank you from the Chamber of commerce for your participation and your support of all the happenings these past few months.

This coming week and the next, our children will be headed back to school. College will be in full swing. Labor Day will be celebrated with a trip to Don King Days, a final camping trip or a backyard family picnic. Summer will be coming to a close.

But it’s not over yet! There’s still a plethora of activities and events coming up to help us celebrate summer before it comes to an end. This weekend, one might take in some polo, head out to the Sod Farm Festival, explore our downtown or trek up to the Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus for the next lecture in the college’s summer series. Next week, there’s a movie screening, more polo, the ever-popular Sheridan Farmers Market and a tap takeover down at the Mint. 

But that’s not all. The weekend of August 28-30 features a full slate of happenings around the area. In fact, there’s something for everyone, from history buffs to athletes, to foodies, to beer lovers, to music lovers. All weekend long, the town of Story will be throwing its annual Story Days celebration and the Bozeman Trail Days will be in full swing. Friday will feature the annual Best of the West BBQ Fest, with live music and a people’s choice competition. Saturday offers activities such as the Swing for Smiles golf tournament, free kids hunting and fishing activities at Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, ad the airport’s open house, fly-in and air show. Of course, the Chamber’s fourth annual Suds n’ Spurs Brewfest, presented by Fremont Toyota, will round out an activity-packed weekend.

The Suds n’ Spurs Brewfest takes place in Whitney Commons Park from 3-8 pm on August 29. Crowd favorite Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will be rolling into town and performing throughout the event. Nearly two dozen craft brewers will arrive from Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana with ample product in tow. Some will be submitting their best IPAs in a quest to take home the Balding Spur award for competition ale, and all will be vying for the people’s choice Balding Spur award for best brewery. LEgerski’s, Pie in the Sky, and Catering by Bino’s are a few of the local food vendor favorites who will be set up and ready to serve some amazing food. The trolley will be running a continuous route throughout the day to and from the event. Tickets are $30 and are on sale now. I highly encourage you to get yours this week, either at the Chamber office, Black Tooth Brewery, or online at

The forecast is 90 degrees and mostly sunny. It will be a near-perfect day to raise our glasses to another amazing summer coming to a close.



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