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20th AVA Biennial Convention

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Stepping Out of Bounds in Billings

Event Sanctioning

All events will be sanctioned from 5 June through 11 June. This will allow those attendees unable to participate for the entire duration to complete as many events as they wish. Please note that several of the events have bus transportation during the Convention scheduled day and time (see below). Parking and the actual event start will be an issue. Additionally, no event support is available except during the normal time, so it needs to be treated like a Seasonal event. Pre-registration through the online Convention Registration, or you must register at Walk Central. Special information is required to start the event, so do not try it on your own without consulting with us. I'm just sayin'.

Convention Event Brochure Available for Download

So we do not have to print so much at Headquarters, I am making it available for download here on the web site. You can then print as many copies as you wish.

There are two forms available for you. The simplest is a PDF version. This is readable with the Free Adobe Reader, and can be printed from there. It is the cover on the left, and is 16 pages of information about the events you will be able to partake in during the week of the convention. You can download the Convention Event Brochure by clicking the link to view it and download from your browser, or right-click on the link and download it directly.

The document on the right is the Word document. You need Microsoft Word of a fairly recent vintage (probably 2010 or later). The document is configured as a booklet and is to be printed on both sides of the paper. If you have a printer that does duplex, just throw the file at it. If not, you will have to select Print on Both Sides Manually. The document will be formatted to print correctly, although when you flip it you may have to go through some gyrations. For example, on my printer, when the first 4 pages come out, I must flip them end for end and reverse the order of the pages before I put it back into the printer to print the second side. Your mileage may vary.

This is the PDF. View or Download.
This is the Word Document. Right-Click to Download

Pre-Convention Events

Our pre-convention events begin on Monday, June 5th, 2017 in Buffalo, Wyoming. We continue northwest into Montana to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

Monday June 5th 2017

William J. Mentock Trail in Buffalo, Wyoming. This walk meanders along Clear Creek through the forest. It is pretty flat on a natural surface.

Tuesday June 6th 2017

Explore the history of the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Walk up and down the ravines where one of the most famous battles in history took place. Take time to enjoy the re-enactments and all the amenities at this National Monument.

Event Photos

Butterscotch Butterscotch Tree. All along Clear Creek are these very tall Ponderosa Pine trees. When you look at them, the bark has a slight yellow tint. If you get close and scratch them, they smell like butterscotch. Yes they do. There are some groves of these trees, and if the wind is just right, blowing lightly, the entire area has the smell of butterscotch. It is quite pleasant.

Creek Flowing Clear Creek. The trail follows Clear Creek, with magnificent flowing water. There are rocks, trees, trail. It is a very pleasant stroll along the creek. The coolness is inviting.

Convention Events

Our convention events begin on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 in Billings, Montana.

Wednesday June 7th 2017

The Yellowstone River, as the name implies, goes through Yellowstone National Park as well as Billings. The river offers many different views of itself, from calm, tranquil, slow moving water to rapids that will choke an elephant. Fortunately for you, we will only be walking beside the river.

Thursday June 8th 2017

Billings has the only self–guided, walkable brewery tour in Montana. This unofficial “brewery district” is located downtown and includes six breweries and two distilleries, all within easy walking distance.

Friday June 9th 2017

Swords Rimrock Park Trail. Hike high over the city along the limestone bluffs.

June 7th-9th 2017

The Kitra Memorial Bike Event. Billings trail system. There will be a limited number of bikes available for rent at the Convention Center by Prior Reservation.

June 7th-9th 2017

Billings Swim Event. At the Convention Center pool during normal hours. No lap counters.

Event Photos

Yellowstone River Yellowstone River. The river emerges from the mountains near the town of Livingston, where it turns eastward and northeastward, flowing across the northern Great Plains past the city of Billings.
East of Billings, it is joined by the Bighorn River. Further downriver, it is joined by the Tongue near Miles City (YRE), and then by the Powder in eastern Montana. It flows into the Missouri River near Buford, North Dakota just upstream from Lake Sakakawea.
In Montana the river has been used extensively for irrigation since the 1860s. In its upper reaches, within Yellowstone Park and the mountains of Montana, it is a popular destination for fly fishing.

Downtown Billings Brewery Tour. Downtown Billings is famous for it's brewery tour. As part of the President's Walk on Thursday evening we will be going past many of the pubs that make up the tour. Partaking is optional.

Biking Swords Rimrock Park. The trail follows the path of some famous explorers, including "Yellowstone Kelly", one of the explorers buried here. Chief Black Otter is also here, although the Crow stories do not mention the name.



Post-Convention Events

Our post-convention walks begin on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 in Red Lodge, Montana.

Saturday June 10th 2017

Red Lodge, Montana.
This photo of Red Lodge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Sunday June 11th 2017

The western rodeo town of Cody, Wyoming. Incorporated in 1901, Cody, Wyoming is located 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park's east entrance. Find your true West in one place, for one price. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a complex of five western themed museums that share stories, facts and legends of the West. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Museums, the “Center” has it all! Open Daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cody is the Rodeo Capital of the World! Since 1938 the Cody Nite Rodeo has provided two hours of wild, western, family-friendly action. Come early to meet the cowboys, bull-fighters and get your picture taken on Hollywood the Bull. Performances nightly June 1-August 31 at 8 p.m. For more Cody information visit Yellowstone Country.

Event Photos

Moose Red Lodge. This walk goes through the small town known for having moose right in town. Tucked into a mountain valley between glaciers and plains, Red Lodge is a unique community that blends a love for the Great Outdoors with a strong spirit of hospitality and open friendliness. It is a beautiful 60-mile drive from anywhere -- the economic and business center of Billings, Montana is just 60 miles north, the western rodeo town of Cody, Wyoming is an easy hour’s drive south, and, via either of two mountainous routes, the world’s outdoor playground of Yellowstone National Park is just 60 miles up (actually, south-west, but it feels like up).

Buffalo Bill Buffalo Bill Cody. William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), in Le Claire but he grew up for several years in his father's hometown in Canada before his family moved to the Kansas Territory.
Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven after his father's death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 14. During the American Civil War, he served for the Union from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout to the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872.
One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded his Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours throughout the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and Europe.

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River

Billings Trails

Billings Trails

Power Plant

Power Plant