Posted: Jul 24, 2013 4:14 PM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 24, 2013 6:34 PM
Roads are partially closed to begin set up for the 12th Annual Evel Knievel Days, according to Chad Harrington, lead organizer of the event.
About 1,500 yards of dirt are being hauled to East Granite Street to construct a motocross racetrack. Harrington says in the past, the track was half dirt and half pavement. This will be the first years it is entirely dirt and he believes it may attract more than 500 riders.
On Main Street organizers are getting ready for the World Famous Wallenda Skywalk. Rick Wallenda, who performed the skywalk last year, is back again. He plans to walk 700 feet up Main Street. That will be 500 feet farther than his skywalk last year, according to Harrington.
Two cranes will be situated on Main Street. One will be near Metals Sports Bar & Grill on Park Street and the other will be at the corner of Granite Street. A wire will be pulled between the cranes for the skywalk on Thursday.
The Wall of Death is being constructed on East Broadway Street, Harrington said. Volunteers continue to set up several stages. One is for an entirely new group to Butte. The dueling pianos will perform for the first time at 3p.m. on Thursday.
This year the main stage will sit on Broadway Street and face East. In the past the main stage was on Main Street and faced north.
Thursday will begin with Kids Day at Evel Knievel days on Park Street at 11a.m.
"They are giving away 600 free helmets to the kid's tomorrow morning," Harrington said. "So we encourage all the kids to come up to Park Street and ride the bicycle course and get a free helmet."
Evel Knievel days will kick off at noon in Uptown Butte. Full road closures will go into effect around 6 p.m. tonight.