Q2 Rewind: For 50 years, the NILE in Billings keeps the western way of life alive

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 20:26:00-04

BILLINGS – Every October, the Northern International Livestock Exposition brings farmers and ranchers together for a week focused on preserving and embracing the western way of life.

Stock shows, rodeo events, youth programs, and vendor exhibits are all part of the tradition that’s now more than 50 years old.

This week in Q2 Rewind, Montana Ag Network’s Russell Nemetz tells us how the youth programs help keep these traditions alive. Watch the video above to take a look.

Lewistown rancher Mike Vanek appeared in our news coverage of the NILE back in 1983 while he was participating in a youth livestock judging competition. Thirty-five years later, the NILE is still a big part of his life.

Q2 ran into him and his family this year, and asked him to share a little bit of what the NILE tradition means to him. Hear what he had to say in the video above.

Mike Vanek at the NILE rodeo in Billings, then and now.