Ekalaka really is in the middle of nowhere.
Dancers swing to the songs of the band 4-Wheel Drive in Ekalaka. One of the most popular parts of the annual Dino Shindig is an old-fashioned barn dance.
Tyler Lyson, right, a post-doctoral student at the Smithsonian Institution, examines a triceratops skull in the Carter County Museum warehouse in Ekalaka. Shindig organizer Nathan Carroll looks on at left.
Dancers swing to the sounds of the band 4-Wheel Drive during the annual Dino Shindig in Ekalaka.
Dino Shindig organizer Nate Carroll, wearing the cowboy hat, and Jade Simon, a Boise State University professor, right, explain the work being done on an active dinosaur dig site in the badlands west of Ekalaka.
A group gathers during a visit to an active dinosaur dig in the badlands west of Ekalak.
A group heads into the hills about 20 miles west of Ekalaka to visit an active dinosaur dig during the second-annual Dino Shindig. The group found handfuls of fossilized gar fish scales, vertebrae and fragments of turtle shell.
Jade Simon, left, an adjunct professor with Boise State University, helps Brody Neill, center, and Jackson Hughes, both age 9, prepare a dinosaur bone they found.
Sahara Jones, left, age 6, and Joseph Vandenbos, 14, both of Belgrade, paint medallions imprinted with dinosaur designs during the Dino Shindig.
Amanda Peters, of Billings, wears her love for dinosaurs on her arm. She was preparing to participate in a dinosaur dig during the Dino Shindig.
A giant dinosaur vertebrae awaits preparation in the storage room of the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka. Among visiting scientists, the marsh pick at right is one of the most popular artifacts in the museum. It was once owned by legendary paleontologist Barnum Brown, who discovered the firs…
Participants in the Second Annual Dino Shindig gather at Carter County High School to listen to lectures from paleontologists from places like the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the California Museum of Paleontology and the Royal Ontario Museum.
Workers move the life-size replica of a triceratops skull back into the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka. The skull was displayed during the Second Annual Dino Shindig.
Part of a dinosaur bone found during a visit to an active dinosaur dig east of Ekalaka. The spongy look helps paleontologists identify it as a dinosaur bone.
Eric Ditrich of Great Falls, left, and Cade Erlenbush, of Ekalaka, both 6, dig through a sand box looking for toys and real dinosaur bones during the Second Annual Dino Shindig in Ekalaka.
Jackson Hughes of Lander, Wyo., center, and Brody Neill of Sturgis, S.D., right, both 9, use a dental pick and soft brush to prepare a dinosaur bone they found for extraction. The bone, probably from a triceratops or other large dinosaur, will go to the Carter County Museum where Hughes and …
A fragment from a fossilized turtle shell was among the items collected for the Carter County Museum during the Dino Shindig.
Shindig organizer, Nate Carroll, left, and Patrick Rouane, a Montana State University paleontology student from Columbus, mount a replica of a triceratops skull during the annual Dino Shindig in Ekalaka.
The annual Dino Shindig draws hundreds of tourists to tiny Ekalaka in Eastern Montana.