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All systems go for the 2010 NILE

Bill Brewster

All systems have been given the green light by the NILE Board of Directors to proceed with planning for the events at the upcoming 2010 Northern International Livestock Exposition in October by using alternative locations.

That’s the word this week from Rob Erickson, president of the NILE, and General Manager Justin Mills.

After a violent tornado ripped the roof off of the MetraPark Arena in Billings recently, the board and leadership of the popular livestock and rodeo event created a plan to stage various events in different buildings on the grounds during this annual fall highlight in Montana.

The decision by the board means the NILE PRCA Rodeo, the various purebred livestock shows, the highly attended horse and cattle sales, the 2010 NRA Finals and other events are going to be held at new locations.

“We are extremely confident that this year’s show will truly be one of the most memorable and entertaining NILE fall show events,” NILE President Rob Erickson said this week. “Despite one less building, we are moving forward with plans to make this year’s event better than ever.”

“We are going to use the Expo Pavilion to house the rodeo arena,” Mills said. “The arena will be the same size and we are bringing in between 3,000 and 4,000 temporary seats from Colorado.” At this point, MetraPark officials and the Billings Chamber of Commerce are working on the seating project to obtain bids.

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The trade show is also planned for the Expo Pavilion so exhibitors are going to have booths close to the action in the arena.

Once in place, Mills believes the portable seating will be kept in place until April.

If organizers can get the bleachers, Mills believes, Billings will be able to retain some of the events that have been staged at MetraPark.

“Once we get the seating, we will get the details of the schedule worked out,” he said.

Mills said the cattle will be stalled in the Montana Pavilion and in other buildings like the Heritage.

The NILE management is planning on putting the showring in an adjacent tent next to the Montana Pavilion.

In 2006, there were 578 entries in the cattle shows and by last year, the shows had climbed to 960 entries for the various breed shows. This year, there is a new sale for miniature Herefords and Lowline cattle.

As far as the rodeo is concerned, Mills said people will be surprised by how well the rodeo does in a more intimate setting where people will be closer to the action.

“It’s going to work although there will be some logistical challengers,” he noted. “We are telling everyone to be patient and we are getting good cooperation from everybody,” he said.

“It was important for us to keep every aspect of the October NILE in Billings,” Mills said. “This is an organization born out of this community that is dedicated to promoting Montana’s number one industry (agriculture) to the world and I believe we are capable of stepping up and making the best out of a tough situation.”

Mills said the contracts and consignment forms have been sent out for the horse sale and futurity. “We have some good consignments already and I feel really good abut he horse sales this year,” he said. All forms are also available on the Web site at http://www.thenile.org.

The raffle filly and the ranch roping are also going to be staged, as planned.

All systems have been given the green light by the NILE Board of Directors to proceed with planning for the events at the upcoming 2010 Northern International Livestock Exposition in October by using alternative locations.

That’s the word this week from Rob Erickson, president of the NILE, and General Manager Justin Mills.

After a violent tornado ripped the roof off of the MetraPark Arena in Billings recently, the board and leadership of the popular livestock and rodeo event created a plan to stage various events in different buildings on the grounds during this annual fall highlight in Montana.

The decision by the board means the NILE PRCA Rodeo, the various purebred livestock shows, the highly attended horse and cattle sales, the 2010 NRA Finals and other events are going to be held at new locations.

“We are extremely confident that this year’s show will truly be one of the most memorable and entertaining NILE fall show events,” NILE President Rob Erickson said this week. “Despite one less building, we are moving forward with plans to make this year’s event better than ever.”

“We are going to use the Expo Pavilion to house the rodeo arena,” Mills said. “The arena will be the same size and we are bringing in between 3,000 and 4,000 temporary seats from Colorado.” At this point, MetraPark officials and the Billings Chamber of Commerce are working on the seating project to obtain bids.

The trade show is also planned for the Expo Pavilion so exhibitors are going to have booths close to the action in the arena.

Once in place, Mills believes the portable seating will be kept in place until April.

If organizers can get the bleachers, Mills believes, Billings will be able to retain some of the events that have been staged at MetraPark.

“Once we get the seating, we will get the details of the schedule worked out,” he said.

Mills said the cattle will be stalled in the Montana Pavilion and in other buildings like the Heritage.

The NILE management is planning on putting the showring in an adjacent tent next to the Montana Pavilion.

In 2006, there were 578 entries in the cattle shows and by last year, the shows had climbed to 960 entries for the various breed shows. This year, there is a new sale for miniature Herefords and Lowline cattle.

As far as the rodeo is concerned, Mills said people will be surprised by how well the rodeo does in a more intimate setting where people will be closer to the action.

“It’s going to work although there will be some logistical challengers,” he noted. “We are telling everyone to be patient and we are getting good cooperation from everybody,” he said.

“It was important for us to keep every aspect of the October NILE in Billings,” Mills said. “This is an organization born out of this community that is dedicated to promoting Montana’s number one industry (agriculture) to the world and I believe we are capable of stepping up and making the best out of a tough situation.”

Mills said the contracts and consignment forms have been sent out for the horse sale and futurity. “We have some good consignments already and I feel really good abut he horse sales this year,” he said. All forms are also available on the Web site at http://www.thenile.org.

The raffle filly and the ranch roping are also going to be staged, as planned.

All systems have been given the green light by the NILE Board of Directors to proceed with planning for the events at the upcoming 2010 Northern International Livestock Exposition in October by using alternative locations.

That’s the word this week from Rob Erickson, president of the NILE, and General Manager Justin Mills.

After a violent tornado ripped the roof off of the MetraPark Arena in Billings recently, the board and leadership of the popular livestock and rodeo event created a plan to stage various events in different buildings on the grounds during this annual fall highlight in Montana.

The decision by the board means the NILE PRCA Rodeo, the various purebred livestock shows, the highly attended horse and cattle sales, the 2010 NRA Finals and other events are going to be held at new locations.

“We are extremely confident that this year’s show will truly be one of the most memorable and entertaining NILE fall show events,” NILE President Rob Erickson said this week. “Despite one less building, we are moving forward with plans to make this year’s event better than ever.”

“We are going to use the Expo Pavilion to house the rodeo arena,” Mills said. “The arena will be the same size and we are bringing in between 3,000 and 4,000 temporary seats from Colorado.” At this point, MetraPark officials and the Billings Chamber of Commerce are working on the seating project to obtain bids.

The trade show is also planned for the Expo Pavilion so exhibitors are going to have booths close to the action in the arena.

Once in place, Mills believes the portable seating will be kept in place until April.

If organizers can get the bleachers, Mills believes, Billings will be able to retain some of the events that have been staged at MetraPark.

“Once we get the seating, we will get the details of the schedule worked out,” he said.

Mills said the cattle will be stalled in the Montana Pavilion and in other buildings like the Heritage.

The NILE management is planning on putting the showring in an adjacent tent next to the Montana Pavilion.

In 2006, there were 578 entries in the cattle shows and by last year, the shows had climbed to 960 entries for the various breed shows. This year, there is a new sale for miniature Herefords and Lowline cattle.

As far as the rodeo is concerned, Mills said people will be surprised by how well the rodeo does in a more intimate setting where people will be closer to the action.

“It’s going to work although there will be some logistical challengers,” he noted. “We are telling everyone to be patient and we are getting good cooperation from everybody,” he said.

“It was important for us to keep every aspect of the October NILE in Billings,” Mills said. “This is an organization born out of this community that is dedicated to promoting Montana’s number one industry (agriculture) to the world and I believe we are capable of stepping up and making the best out of a tough situation.”

Mills said the contracts and consignment forms have been sent out for the horse sale and futurity. “We have some good consignments already and I feel really good abut he horse sales this year,” he said. All forms are also available on the Web site at http://www.thenile.org.

The raffle filly and the ranch roping are also going to be staged, as planned.

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