From Colt Anderson's "Dream Big" extravaganza last month to the Montana Folk Festival's successful run in early July, one summer event is coming to Butte that makes a different kind of roar.  The roars of Monster Trucks and all of the car-crushing revelry that comes with them will be on full display this Friday and Saturday at the Butte Vigilante Rodeo Grounds as the Monster Truck Nitro Tour comes to town.

A monster truck similar to the ones that will be in Butte this weekend looks for a free parking space during a recent show. Photo courtesy Monster Truck Nitro Tour
A monster truck similar to the ones that will be in Butte this weekend looks for a free parking space during a recent show. Photo courtesy Monster Truck Nitro Tour
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Three shows are scheduled for this weekend.  The first will be Friday, July 22 at 7:30pm followed by a matinee Saturday afternoon at 1:30.  The finale is set for Saturday night at 7:30.  All shows according to promoters will showcase "incredible 10,000-pound car-crushing giants compete(ing) in racing, wheelie contests and then...amazing freestyle action," adding that you can "meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party."  Pit parties will start 90 minutes prior to the events and will even give thrill-seekers the opportunity to purchase tickets to ride in one of these behemoths.  Also as part of the performances, Butte audiences will be treated to a "jet car meltdown" and a performance by Keith Sayers Freestyle Motocross, always a local favorite.  The matinee show on Saturday has also been designated as "kids day" and all kids will get a free tour toy while they last.  Tickets for all events are available at www.monstertrucknitrotour.com