The bugle plays its First Call as the chute gates swing open.
AND THEY'RE OFF!
No, it's not the Kentucky Derby, it's the Pig Races of Bearcreek, MT.
Here, visitors bet on the pig of their choice. After betting, the race begins. In classic horse racing fashion, the pigs are released from their chutes and race around the oval track—although most get side tracked and wander aimlessly. Visitors jump and cheer their pig on, hoping it will cross the finish line first. After the race, the winning pig is announced and the visitors receive their winnings. BLT—my bet—came in third at the Thursday races.
The Pig Races are a great event for the whole family. Children will enjoy watching the pigs snort around the track, and adults can enjoy dinner, drinks and the gamble of the race. Bring everyone down for a night of fun!
Every Thursday through Sunday during the summer the Bearcreek Saloon, just east of Red Lodge hosts the famous Pig Races. To get there, turn onto Highway 308 from Red Lodge and head east for about 8 miles. The Bearcreek Saloon is in the center of town, difficult to miss.
The Bearcreek Saloon is also known for the bullet holes in its ceiling, dating back to the days when town miners would spend their pay checks on spirits and get a little rowdy. Visit the Saloon and ask your server about the great story behind these bullet holes.
Other things to see in Bearcreek:
Bearcreek, MT is also recognized for the Smith Mine Disaster that occurred there in the 1940's. The mine that is still standing west of town was once a booming coal mine. This was the worst mining disaster in the State of Montana, attributed to an explosion of methane gas. You can learn more about the disaster from the historic plaque located outside the mine.
Plan your trip:
Learn more about the Bearcreek Pig Races on our events site.
Take a drive along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, by following the road the passes through Bearcreek.
Find a place to stay in Red Lodge, just miles from Bearcreek.