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Winter Carnival Events

Monster Dog Pull

Beer and dogs, 2 of man's best friends.  Combine them and you get the "Red Lodge Ales Monster Dog Pull."  This annual competition involves a dog’s ability to pull tremendous weight (a keg of beer) on a sled within a given time and distance.  With categories for all sizes of dogs, including mini-aussie Ruby, 2 year champ, this spectator friendly event is a great way to wrap up the Winter Carnival weekend!

  • Registration starts at 10am
  • Races start at Noon
  • Cost is $5 per dog

BRTA Backcountry Film Festival

Winter is full of ups and downs so why not celebrate winter and embrace the UP?  It’s time to pull on your parka, grab your ski buddies, and celebrate the fun and beauty of winter at the Ninth Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival.  The ten unique films included in this year’s Backcountry Film Festival will inspire you to embrace the UP.  The Backcountry Film Festival will tour to more than 100 showings around the world, including Red Lodge.  As part of Red Lodge’s Winter Carnival events, the Beartooth Recreational Trails Association (BRTA) is hosting the Backcountry Fi

Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade

We close the Winter Carnival with a bang! The torchlight parade starts at sundown, with a train of lights rolling off the top of the mountain and down Limited to the Base Area.  If that's not enough of a light show, the parade takes place under an amazing display of fireworks. This incredible site is a great view from the Base Area!

Winter Carnival Costume Contest

Come dressed to win! The 2014 Winter Carnival Costume Contest will be held at 3pm on the Bierstube Deck. 1st and 2nd place awards will be given to the best dressed guy and gal!

Winter Carnival Most Creative Craft Judging

Stop by the base area courtyard from 9:00 am - 11:00 am to see all the amazing cardboard crafts before they are destroyed in the upcoming race! Speed is only one of the elements for putting together a great Cardboard Racer. The other is making sure that it looks good and fits this year's theme of "Olympic Gold!"  1st and 2nd Place Prizes will be awarded to the best looking Crafts in all categories.


Winter Carnival Downtown Parade

Kick off the Winter Carnival right with the Parade of Crafts through downtown Red Lodge. The Parade starts at 6:00 pm on Friday February 28, 2014. Registration for the parade and race the next day will be from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the True Value Hardware Store parking lot. One grand prize will be awarded to the best craft in the parade, so bring your costumes!

Live Music with "Tom Catmull and the Clerics"

Back by popular demand, "Tom Catmull and the Clerics" will be jamming out at this year's Winter Carnival.   This trio from northern Montana will have you on your feet and dancing before you know it!

Winter Carnival Cardboard Classic Race

The Main event of the day is the ever popular Cardboard Classic Race.  Spectators will enjoy speed, crashes, and an overall spectacle as the racers try their luck racing down Show Off Alley.   The fun starts at 11:30 am with the Parade of Racers, as they trasport their crafts up to the starting line.

Races start at noon in the following order: