The 82nd Annual Augusta American Legion Rodeo has been rescheduled due to flooding, but the carnival and street dance scheduled for Saturday will continue as planned.
"Augusta is a town that doesn't say quit," Tammy Dellwo, president of the Augusta Area Chamber of Commerce and owner of the Buckhorn Bar, said in a press release Thursday. "It's also a town that's been hit hard last year with wildfires and this week with the biggest flood we've seen in more than 40 years. We're asking and inviting people to come and celebrate the most charming town along the Rocky Mountain Front with us this weekend."
Rodeo festivities will now kick off July 21 with a parade at 1 p.m., followed by rodeo slack at 5 p.m. and music in the parking lot. The rodeo is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on July 22. Tickets will be available the day of the event on the rodeo grounds. Call 406-562-3477 for more information.
According to Lewis and Clark County Commission Chair Susan Good Geise, who lives in Augusta, the rodeo brings in significant revenue for local businesses each year.
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"For these businesses, this is their biggest weekend of the year," she said.
With major flooding in the Sun River and area creeks, Augusta saw a steady stream of water down Main Street and the surrounding area this week.
The flooding in Lewis and Clark County, as well as parts of Cascade County and the city of Great Falls, prompted Gov. Steve Bullock to declare a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon. The declaration allows the state to mobilize the Montana National Guard and other resources to protect people and property.
On Thursday morning, the Lewis and Clark County Commission declared a county emergency. The declaration allows the county to free up money for the emergency and recoup some expenses from the state and federal governments.