Condensed Little Big Horn Days celebration planned

By Nacoma Jefferson
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Condensed Little Big Horn Days celebration planned
Map provided by Big Horn County News
The yellow line shows the Little Big Horn Days parade route, which has been extended to accommodate social distancing.

The Hardin Chamber of Commerce and the 500 Club came together to save Little Big Horn Days.

Traditionally a four-day event, LBHD faced cancellation due to the COVID-19 outbreak, said Carla Lammers LBHD co-organizer and owner of Sew Queen Designs in Hardin.

The groups presented a plan to the Big Horn County Health Board, which condense the celebration into a one-day event that includes food trucks, a parade and a concert.

After a few revisions the plan was approved.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 27. Starting with a parade at 11 a.m.

Floats are encouraged to meet at 10:30 p.m. at the Hardin Depot parking lot located at 10 E. Railroad St., in Hardin.

Several COVID-19 restrictions have been put in place for the event, Lammers said. Throwing candy from parade floats and handing out goodies to spectators is prohibited, masks are encouraged and the route has been extended in order to accommodate social distance protocols.

“The theme of the parade will be a salute to Big Horn County and a celebration to the essential workers in the area,” Lammers said.

The parade will start at East Railroad Street and travel north on Center Avenue, then west onto Eighth Street, the route then turns south onto Crawford Avenue, the last leg of the parade route will move west on Third Street.

Floats will convene after the parade in the unoccupied lot on Third Street and Mitchell Avenue.

The street concert, featuring Exit 53, will began at 6 p.m. on 200 block of Center Avenue.

There will also be food trucks parked at the Depot and at 200 block of Center Avenue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Local restaurants will also have grab and go style specials throughout the day, Lammers said.

She added 4 Aces is providing a drink station.

Volunteers will be monitoring participants and encouraging them to practice social distancing and hand washing at the sanitation stations throughout the day.