The Big Sky State Games opening ceremonies will set the 28th annual event in motion Friday at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium.
For some teams, like Laurel Middle School, it was their first trip to the Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games. For others, like the Cut Bank team, it was their 14th year.
If extra law enforcement officials from all over Montana converging in Billings during the same week when thousands of people will be visiting sounds too convenient to be a coincidence, it's because it isn't.
Gracie Gribbons, 12, made the trip from Helena to Billings this week and has already picked up a silver medal, but a few minutes before the Parade of Athletes for the 2012 Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies, all of that went out the window.
Special Olympics athletes parade during the opening ceremonies of the Yellowstone Valley Area Spring Games on Friday at Daylis Stadium in Billings.
Fifth grader Christina Eike performs the national anthem at the Opening Ceremonies of the Big Sky State Games.
Country music singer Aaron Tippin performed at the Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies, which began with the Parade of Athletes and concluded with the torch lighting.
The idea for the opening ceremonies of the 25th Big Sky State Games, which officially kicked off Friday night at Daylis Stadium, was to emphasize a quarter-century of tradition and recognize the thousands of Montanans who participate each year.