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Big Sky State Games start Friday in Billings

New torch lighter - World Bareback Champion Deb Greenough
Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 21:15:16-04

BILLINGS - Montana’s Big Sky State Games are set to get underway Friday evening in Billings, but there is a change with their opening ceremonies.

Originally, Olympic Mountain Biker and Montana Native Sam Schultz was slated to be the ceremonial Torch Lighter, but he will not be attending due to his girlfriend exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.

Both he and his girlfriend were unable to obtain test results in a timely manner, so to be safe Schultz is passing his torch duties to World Bareback Champion, Deb Greenough.

The games are set to kick off tomorrow night at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the ceremonies will start at 7 p.m.

Please note that the games do have updated safety guidelines due to the pandemic.

General Guidelines

  1. Do not compete or spectate if you are sick; stay home and out of public places.
  2. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after competing and/or spectating at an event.
  3. Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing while spectating.
  4. Some events by their nature do not allow physical distancing; understand the inherent risks of entering this event.
  5. Spectators must wear a mask for outdoor events.
  6. Please limit spectators to one person per registered participant for all team sports.
  7. Wear a cloth mask when at indoor events as a an athlete and spectator. (Billiards, Bowling, Equestrian Horse and Pony Show, Speed Climbing, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Shooting Indoor events)
  8. Bring your own water, snacks and shade

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