The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. The Nile Stock Show & Rodeo takes place at MetraPark from October 14 through October 21, and this annual event provides education and fun for the entire family.

The NILE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and embracing the Western way of life through the promotion of livestock, youth education and respect for Western ag culture. Hundreds of exhibitors from across the region and 38 different states bring livestock to show and sell. Hundreds of horses are also used in competitions and sold that week. The NILE has a long-standing tradition of top-notch rodeo performances, and the weeklong event includes four nights of rodeo, so buckle up and strap on your boots because the NILE Rodeo is ready and waiting for you! Please visit or for more information.


Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter is having their fall gala “Second Chances for Companion Animals” on October 7 at the Northern Hotel. This will be an evening of celebration with great food, a “Black Box Music Event” by Wes Urbaniak and an opportunity to learn about the amazing services this great organization brings to our community for all companion animals and their people. A silent auction will showcase original work of up-and-coming artists along with lots of other fun and wonderful auction items. An exciting, mysterious piece of artwork will be completed during the Black Box Event and presented as one of the live auction items. Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter wants to thank you for your years of trust and support for this evening of celebration, conversation, music and, oh yes, a little bit of fundraising. For tickets and more information, go to