Volunteers pedal, pull and push a towering wagonload of bicycle parts to Missoula’s annual Festival of Cycles at Bonner Park. The April 24 event attracted hundreds of cyclists and bike fanatics looking to build new bikes from recycled materials or take advantage of free repairs from volunteer mechanics.
Riker Carter of Stone, Idaho, waits for his bull riding event at the 112th annual Fourth of July rodeo in Arlee. Carter was one of 114 entrants in the rodeo’s nine events. More than 90 community rodeos take place in Montana every year.
Indy photo editor Chad Harder took time away from the camera during the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010 to focus on healing a serious hand and wrist injury. The time away ultimately did little to hinder his outdoor pursuits, as evidenced by this image from the summit of Mount Reynolds taken after his return.
Kevin Keeter checks the brewing tanks inside Big Sky Brewing Company. Big Sky is currently the largest producer of craft beer in Montana, cranking out 36,500 barrels of beer in 2009 alone. The industry continues to thrive in Missoula, in general, as the number of taprooms is expected to double by early 2011. In addition to the city’s three stalwarts—Big Sky, Kettlehouse and Bayern—Flathead Lake Brewing Company opened a downtown taproom in November, Tamarack Brewing Company is slated to open one in February, and the new Hellgate Brewing Company hopes to unveil its Spruce Street facility by March.
Readers flipped over this photo of a bighorn ram licking up highly toxic antifreeze in Glacier National Park in July. One reader suggested photo editor Chad Harder be charged with animal cruelty for “glorifying the picture of the mountain goat.”
St. Francis Xavier School building, originally built in 1927, was demolished in February to make way for a parking lot. Although parishioners grabbed bricks as mementos and salvagers scored more than 35,000 board feet of lumber from the project, some believed more of the building could have been salvaged.