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Casting a long shadow: Large-scale Knievel photographs posted throughout Uptown

July 27, 2013

YellowBrix

July 27--Kelly Knievel hopes people will get a clear picture of what his famous father was all about.

And to help the public, he erected 10 extra-large photos of Evel Knievel throughout Uptown Butte so people will have no trouble seeing the big picture.

One photo is a massive 20 feet by 30 feet, while the others are 8 feet by 10 feet. They show the stunt performer at various stages in his career.

"I picked photos from when he first started his career up until his prime," said Kelly Knievel, the daredevil's first-born who lives in Las Vegas.

He wants children -- who are too young to witness Evel Knievel -- to see what his father looked like and be inspired. Kelly Knievel says he's not surprised that his father is still as popular today as he was when he was performing his death-defying stunts.

"It's the intensity of his character and what he did -- there's something lasting about that," he said.

Evel Knievel's drive and creativity were at the core of his imagination, his son said. He noted that his father's stunts didn't last any more than 15 minutes, yet he was able to captivate audiences with his magnetic personality.

"What he did was real, there was nothing fake about it," Kelly Knievel said.

Want to know more? Visit www.evelknievel.com

-- Reporter John Grant Emeigh may be reached via email at john.emeigh@lee.net

Evel Knievel Days continues through Saturday in Uptown Butte. Following is the schedule, which is subject to change:

SATURDAY, JULY 27

8 a.m. -- Car and Bike Show and Shine (until 4 p.m.), Broadway between Hamilton and Montana

10 a.m. -- EK Days Poker Run starting at Copper Canyon Harley Davidson

10 a.m.-noon -- Motorcross registration (closes at noon), East Granite

Noon -- Motorcross Practice (until 1:45 p.m.), East Granite

Noon -- Butte Magic Show, on stage near Wyoming and Broadway (by Finlen Hotel)

Noon -- Evel Knievel Memorabilia Museum (opens at noon at the Phoenix Building)

Noon -- 50/50 BMX, Park and Main

12:15 p.m. -- American Motordrome Wall of Death, Arizona and Broadway

12:15 p.m. -- Motorcross Qualifiers (until 4:30 p.m.), East Granite Street

12:30 p.m. -- World Famous Wallenda Skywalk, Main Street from Park

1 p.m. -- Pit Bike Freestyle,

Park and Main

1:30 p.m. -- One Wheel Revolution, Park between Wyoming and Arizona

2 p.m. -- Sayers Production Freestyle Show, East Broadway

3 p.m. -- Dueling Pianos, on stage near Wyoming and Broadway (by Finlen Hotel)

3 p.m. -- 50/50 BMX, Park and Main

3 p.m. -- Pit Bike Freestyle, Park and Main

4:30 p.m. -- One Wheel Revolution, Park between Wyoming and Arizona

4:30 p.m. -- Butte Magic Show, on stage near Wyoming and Broadway (by Finlen Hotel)

4:45 p.m. -- Motocross Amateur and& Pro Mains (until 6:45 p.m.), East Granite Street

5:30 p.m. -- 50/50 BMX, Park and Main

5:30 p.m. -- Pit Bike Freestyle, Park and Main

5:30 p.m. -- Motocross Lites Main, East Granite Street

6 p.m. -- Dueling Pianos, on stage near Wyoming and Broadway (by Finlen Hotel)

6:30 p.m. -- World Famous Wallenda Skywalk, Main Street from Park

6:45 p.m. -- Motocross 450 ProMain, East Granite Street

7 p.m. -- One Wheel Revolution, Park between Wyoming and Arizona

8 p.m. -- Keith Sayers, East Broadway

9 p.m. -- Live Music with Scared, Broadway and Main stage

9:45 p.m. -- Evel Knievel Harley Davidson giveaway

10 p.m. -- Live music with Tracy Lawrence, Broadway and Main stage

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