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Out & About: Luminaria Walk; Touch A Truck; Drool In The Pool

Out And About August 25 2022
luminaria walk along the river's edge trail
Drool In The Pool
"Touch A Truck" in Great Falls (June 2021)
Posted at 11:24 AM, Aug 24, 2022

Strolling along the illuminated River's Edge Trail - kids getting to see and sit in big trucks - dogs enjoying the water park - all coming up in Great Falls.

The annual Luminaria Walk along the River's Edge Trail will be on Friday, August 26, from 7 pm to 11 pm. There is no cost to participate. The River's Edge Trail website states: "In 1993 the Luminaria Walk began with 200 Luminarias lighting the trail near the caboose as the first annual Luminaria Walk sponsored by the River’s Edge Trail. Today the goal of the Luminaria Walk remains the same, to celebrate the world-class trail we have here in Great Falls, Montana."

Great Falls Park & Recreation Department said in a Facebook post: "Come stroll the trail while enjoying music, supporting vendors, and seeing more than one thousand hand-decorated paper bags lit with tea lights that will line the trail on a loop from Gibson Park to West via Central Ave Bridge, West Bank Park over the 10th Street bridge."

luminaria walk along the river's edge trail

Folks can start walking anywhere from Gibson Park to West Bank Park or start on the newly-opened 10th Street bridge and walk any distance. The band SuperSport will be taking the stage at the Skate Park starting at 7:00 p.m.

Since this is not a fundraiser for any organization, organizers encourage community groups, families, and food trucks to sell their items. They keep 100% of their proceeds. They are also looking for musicians to line the trail with their cases open to collect tips. If you would like to be involved or volunteer, contact beckynmt@gmail.com or call 406-899-8642.

There will be a "Touch A Truck" event in downtown Great Falls on Saturday, August 27, 2022. It will be along Central Avenue, stretching from the 100 block to the 600 block, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The family-friendly event and fundraiser will allow kids of all ages to get up close with all sorts of big trucks and the people who operate them - fire trucks, farm and construction machinery, police vehicles, and more.

Last summer's event drew hundreds of people, and the organizers of this year's event said they plan to make this year bigger and better. This year will also feature a "sensory-friendly quiet hour" from 9am-10am that will be siren-free.

"Touch A Truck" in downtown Great Falls

In addition to the trucks and vehicles, there will also be food truck vendors at the event. Admission is free, but to get up close and personal with equipment and trucks you will need to buy a wristband: wristbands are one for $5, two for $8, and three for $10. If people bring one of the following "back to school" item to donate, they will receive one free wristband per family: dry-erase markers; non-perishable snacks; sharpened pencils; laminating sheets; Kleenex; clear sheet covers; label sheets.

The event is being organized by the Junior League of Great Falls; if you would like to volunteer to help with the event, click here. For more information, call 406-838-3441, or click here for the Event page.

Drool In The Pool for dogs will be on Saturday, August 27th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Electric City Water Park. The annual event signals the end of the summer season at the water park.

Dogs will be able to beat the heat and cool off in the pools with their fellow puppers, and will also be able to bob for hot dogs, do some “peanut butter painting,” and even get microchipped for free, thanks to this year’s sponsors.

The entry fee is $5 per animal and $2 per human. All animals must be socialized/friendly and have proof of vaccinations.

Drool In The Pool
File photo from previous event

Patty Rearden, deputy director of the Great Falls Park & Recreation department, said in a news release: “Once the families are done using the pool it goes to the dogs – and they have a great time. Whether you bring your dog or are just a spectator it is a joy to see the pups play together and having such a great time.”

There will also be fun activities for the people that attend, including making “indestructible” rope toys, learning leash tips, and meeting with animal friendly vendors.

“We have some really fun things planned for both animals and people,” said Laramie Smovir, the volunteer coordinator at the City of Great Falls Animal Shelter. “From a ‘follow your nose’ scavenger hunt to an opportunity to dunk an animal control officer. It should be a fun Saturday afternoon for everyone.”