BIG SKY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Join the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and Big Sky Community Organization on Sunday, Oct. 16 for a day of fall festivities that begins with a 10-km trail run at 10:30 a.m. in the Big Sky Community Park, where racers will run three laps on the Black Diamond and Little Willow Way trails.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the chamber presents the third annual Great Pumpkin Giveaway. Free family photography will be available, as well as hayrides made possible by Lone Mountain Ranch, and activity booths hosted by local nonprofits.

Totally Tasty will provide food and Scissorbills will serve up beer and spirits. Community nonprofits and local businesses have come together to host activities such as pumpkin, cookie and button decorating, seasonally themed story time, water conservation activities, and-old fashioned games.

Perhaps most exciting for the adults, BSCO will be raffling off a community pass valued at $7,000. Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold, and the winner will be drawn at 2 p.m. during the festival.

The community pass provides an entire year of perks in Big Sky including VIP parking and ski valet services and a mountain bike haul season pass at Big Sky Resort; multiple-day lodging at the Shoshone or Whitewater Inn; and tickets to Big Sky Arts Council events and performances at Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Many other local businesses—restaurants, yoga studios, breweries, gyms, and bike and ski tuning shops—have donated their services.

“Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Big Sky,” said Ciara Wolfe, executive director of Big Sky Community Organization. “And we recognized that there is not a lot of activities during this season. We were inspired to create an event that brings all of the local nonprofits together to celebrate the season and strengthen our community by collaborating.”

Purchasing a raffle ticket is tax deductible and helps fund programs, projects and public facilities in Big Sky. Beneficiaries include Historic Crail Ranch, Camp Big Sky, the BSCO Natural Resource Council and Big Sky’s softball league, parks and trails.

Visit racemontana.com to register for the 10-km race. For more information about the fall festival contact Lander Bachert at (406) 995-3000 or lander@bigskychamber.com.