There are only two days left of the MontanaFair, and one activity is back for a second year: Yellowstone Dig It Days. Jonathan McNiven is the person who started Dig It Days and is also the Editor and Publisher of Yellowstone County News.

McNiven said the event officially started in 2019 in Lockwood in a matter of three months. Dig It Days was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, they were back in full swing after management from the MontanaFair invited them to be a part of it. Yellowstone Dig It Days was invited back again in 2022 for another year of wholesome family fun.

One of the favorite activities for the little ones is the 400-ton sand mountain with special prizes hidden inside for kids to find. Adults and teenagers can learn how to operate a remote-controlled skid steer. There is also plenty of opportunities to get free t-shirts, hard hats, stickers, and more! 

On Saturday,  Dig It Days will host a digging contest at 3 p.m. “We’re going to tape a spoon to the tooth of a backhoe, track hoe, or excavator, and our professionals here are going to show us how you pick up eggs and move them and drop them in the right area without breaking them,” McNiven said. The first person who finishes first gets 500 dollars in cash!

Proceeds from Yellowstone Dig It Days benefit local organizations, including Yellowstone Family, which McNicen started as well. A portion of the money will go to the Build Montana program part of the Montana Contractors Association. Billings YMCA, Veterans Navigation Network, and the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Club are other organizations benefiting from the event.

“It’s just a great family event that you won’t find anywhere around here. It’s unlike any other, very constructive, literally,” McNiven said

Take the kids to check out 2022 Dig It Days, located next to the expo center at the MontanaFair grounds! The event is free with gate admission into the fair held Aug. 19- 20 from noon to 6 p.m.