Racing, rowdy and refined: Lords of Dirt returns to fair

Joshua Murdock

Saturday night is the Western Montana Fair’s final rodeo night: a classic display of Western cowboy skill and daring. Sunday night may get even wilder with a different display of skill and daring at the grandstand.

Lords of Dirt, a homegrown flat-track motorcycle race now in its third year, returns to Missoula’s Western Montana Fair rodeo arena this Sunday, Aug. 13. The race is a modern twist on moto history, a revival of the original discipline of racing — lapping a dirt oval track — enhanced with freestyle jumps and tricks during intermission, a punk band and a broad variety of race categories beyond track riders. Practice riding begins at 11 a.m. with heat races after. That’s free to watch. The main event starts at 6 p.m., with grandstands opening to ticketed fans at 5 p.m.

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Ryan Montgomery, owner of Montgomery Distillery, is organizing this year’s Lords of Dirt flat-track motorcycle racing event at the Western Montana Fair.


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