Organizers prepare for Evel Knievel Days


Organizers prepare for Evel Knievel Days 7-24-13

BUTTE, Mont. - The annual daredevil festival kicks off Thursday.

Executive Director Chad Harrington is busy -- he's overseeing more than 40 truckloads of dirt being unloaded onto the festival site.

"We've hauled in about 2,500 yards of dirt," Harrington said.

That dirt provides the base for everything from motor-cross, pit bikes, sky walks, and concerts that make up Evel Knievel days.

"It's something truly unique," he said. "We're happy to have it in Butte. It's something that does not have it any place else."

Evel Knievel Days honors the world famous daredevil in his hometown, bringing world renowned stunt men to the Mining City.

On Wednesday, event organizers like Harrington are working hard to make sure Uptown is "daredevil" ready.

"The better we plan, the less the people that come realize what we did," he said.

They're covering many of the streets with dirt, racetracks, ramps, and more, and come Thursday at noon, Uptown Butte will be transformed into a daredevil's paradise.

We wanted to know how police are preparing.

Undersheriff George Skuletich said, "We'll have approximately 20 officers in the area and other officers in cars covering DUIs and other calls.

Skuletich tells NBC Montana like all festivals, it brings extra concerns for the Butte Police Department.

"It's going to be hot," he said. "Have people drink plenty of water, we don't want people to get heat stroke or heat ailments. Make sure you use a designated driver and just have a good time."

Back in Uptown, business managers like Mark Scarff are looking forward to the crowds.

Scarff said, "We're trying to get as ready as possible, extra staff in here, as much beer and food as we can get in here, and then just run like crazy."

Evel Knievel Days run from Thursday through Saturday and the event is free to the public.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.knieveldays.com/

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