BOZEMAN — Montana State University and the Downtown Bozeman Association will host the annual Cat Walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 along Main Street in downtown Bozeman. The event is free and open to the public.

Defying the forecast for record high temperatures (92°), MSU President Waded Cruzado will join the Bobcat mascot Champ, the Spirit of the West Marching Band, members of the cheer squad, student-athletes and community members as they make their way downtown to create Bobcat buzz ahead of the new school year. The group will visit businesses along the way, play the MSU fight song and pass out Bobcat gear, treats for kids and game schedules.

The walk will begin at 11 a.m. at First Interstate Bank, 202 W. Main St., and move east down the south side of Main, stopping at several businesses along the way. Midway through the event, the walkers will make a 20-minute stop at Soroptimist Park at the corner of Main and Rouse for refreshments, conversation and player autographs.

Participants will then head west down the north side of Main Street and stop into businesses. The downtown route will end at Wells Fargo Bank, 211 W. Main St., at 1 p.m. Bobcat fans are encouraged to walk the route and spread Bobcat spirit.

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