Moose kick-off breakfast jump starts local Special Olympic games
Special Olympian Jess Arneson competes in a cycling event during last year’s area games. This year the cycling events will take place at the Montana driver education facility. Photo by Doreen Heintz
The Moose Lodge’s annual kick off breakfast this Saturday will get the area games for Special Olympics underway. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is a fundraiser by the Moose Lodge for the benefit of the Central Montana Special Olympians. Money raised from the event is donated to the Special Olympians to help with costs incurred while attending the state games. The breakfast is held at the Moose Lodge from 7-11 a.m.
In the afternoon, the first event of the local games, the equestrian competition, takes place from 1-4 p.m. at the Fergus County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The equestrian competition is open to the public and people are urged to come and cheer for the riders.
A dance-carnival for the athletes will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Annex Building on Main Street. The Annex Building is next to the Lewistown Hoppers Building in downtown.
Sunday, April 23, is a full day for the local athletes. At 10 a.m., the opening ceremony for the local games takes place at the Snowy Lanes’ parking lot. Tiffany Jorgenson will light the torch, with Allisha Ayers leading the Special Olympians in the Athlete Oath.
A bowling jamboree is scheduled to begin at the bowling alley following the opening ceremonies. The jamboree is for all Special Olympic athletes. At 11:30 a.m. at the bowling alley, the ladies of the Moose will provide lunch for the athletes, coaches and volunteers.
The Special Olympic cycling events have been moved to a new location. After being held for several years at the faculty parking lot at Fergus High School, the athletes will compete this year at the Montana Driver Education Center near the Lewistown Airport.
Following the cycling competition, action returns to Lewistown at Golden Eagle Stadium for the track and field competition. In case of inclement weather, the track competition will be held in the FHS Fieldhouse. Track and field is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
After awards are handed out, the closing ceremony takes place with Brian Jackson passing the torch to a member of the Lewistown Police Department.
Everyone is encouraged to attend all or part of this year’s Special Olympic events. Come cheer on the athletes on Saturday and Sunday.