The annual Sun River Valley Historical Society tour is set for Friday, Aug. 9, and the next day, the Simms community will host its 20th annual Valley Fun Day Saturday, Aug. 10, with the theme “Plum Crazy.”
The schedule for this year’s Fun Day celebration is:
•8 a.m.-10 a.m., pancake breakfast.
•8 a.m., “Under the Butte” three-mile fun run.
•8:30-11:30 a.m., 3D Archery shoot.
•9-11 a.m., games on the tennis courts for adults and children.
•10 a.m.-2 p.m., kids entertainment.
•10:30 a.m., parade line-up.
•11 a.m., parade.
•11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., lunch and beverages, served by the Rugby Team, Booster Club, BPA and Little League members.
•11:30-2 p.m., Methodist Church pie social.
•1-3 p.m., horseshoe tournament.
•1:30-2:30 p.m., “Cry of the Deer” Celtic music.
•2:30 p.m., duck races.
•3 p.m., Greg Blake music concert.
•4:30-5:30 p.m., community dinner.
•7 p.m., Cascade Rodeo.
One of the first events of the day will be the Under the Butte three-mile fun run. Race-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the Lion’s Hall on Main Street in Simms. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. The registration fee includes a T-shirt. The race will begin at 8 a.m.
For the second year, there will be an alumni basketball tournament at the school gym. Games are expected to begin in the morning and continue throughout the day until a champion team is decided. For more information on the tournament, contact Luke McKinley at 264-5111.
Musician Greg Blake will perform Bluegrass, country, gospel and acoustic folk music, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Simms City Park. Tickets are $10 each for adults. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs.
Blake was born and raised in the mountains of West “by God” Virginia, and when he sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, invested with a rich twang and rumbling drawl, and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that first inspired the “high, lonesome sound,” according to his website.
While growing up in his Appalachian home, Blake was exposed to a constant menu of all the country greats on the TV and the radio. Singing along seemed the natural thing to do so at the age of 7, he begged his grandma for a guitar so that he could accompany himself.
After graduating from high school, he moved to Kansas City where he attended the Kansas City College and Bible School. While in Kansas City, he started playing in more and more bands, eventually recording on 12 albums for bands like the Bluegrass Missourians, The Harvest Quartet and more. He has won several awards for his guitar playing and flat picking.
Blake’s career in the ministry took him to Colorado in 2007. A couple of years later, he met a banjo ace and his son, Jeff and Tristan Scroggins, and formed the bluegrass band Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. In 2015, as the band was becoming more and more in demand and Blake released his debut solo album, Songs of Heart and Home, he decided to move from his lifelong calling as a minister to the full-time bluegrass music scene.
Valley Fun Day also welcomes vendors. Anyone wanting to reserve a space should contact Karen Sauke at 590-1074. Visitors who want information about camping should contact Ruth Mortag at 264-5648.
The proceeds of the day benefit various local organizations and emergency services in Augusta, Fairfield, Cascade, Choteau and the Sun River Valley. In the past, some of the money has gone to the Choteau Lions Club.
For more information, contact Mortag, DeeDee Rains at 264-5501 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dave Yarger at 264-5423.