Red Lodge Winter Carnival Today & Tomorrow
By OutdoorAly

Posted: February 28, 2014

Winter carnival is Red Lodge Mountain’s best and biggest party of the season and it kicks off at 6pm today with a parade through the downtown Red Lodge. But the highlight of the carnival will be the annual Cardboard Races, where participants create a craft out of cardboard, decorate it, and race it down the hill! This will take place Saturday, but check the Red Lodge Facebook page for possible changes due to extreme weather here. Here are more details about the carnival:

Backcountry Film Festival- the film festival will start at 7pm following the parade Friday evening at the Roman Theater. More information can be found at:

Saturday March 1


Most Creative Craft Judging- 9:00am-11:00am

Stop by the base area courtyard from 9:00 am – 11:00 am to see all the amazing cardboard crafts before they are destroyed in the upcoming race! Speed is only one of the elements for putting together a great Cardboard Racer. The other is making sure that it looks good and fits this year’s theme of “Olympic Gold!”  1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded to the best looking Crafts in all categories.

Cardboard Classic Race-11:30 am

The Main event of the day is the ever popular Cardboard Classic Race.  Spectators will enjoy speed, crashes, and an overall spectacle as the racers try their luck racing down Show Off Alley.   The fun starts at 11:30 am with the Parade of Racers, as they trasport their crafts up to the starting line.

Here is a video from 2011 Cardboard Races:


Races start at noon in the following order:

  • 1st race – 12 and under
  • 2nd race – Ages 13 – 18
  • 3rd race – Ages 19+
  • 4th race – Unlimited (4 racers required)

Awards for 1st and 2nd place will be handed out as the winners exit the finish area. Results will be anounced to the public on the Bierstube Deck at 3:00 pm.

Location: Show Off Alley – Red Lodge Mountain Base Area
Contact: Paul Otsu
Phone: 406-446-2610


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