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The ABC’s of the Western Montana Fair

The ABC’s of the Western Montana Fair

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Beef Cattle

If you like good old-fashioned agricultural fair sights, the cattle department has a variety of registered cattle breeds for your viewing enjoyment.

Beer Garden

Open daily, and featuring Simulcast horse racing beginning at noon.


Everyone enjoys the rides and games at the carnival!

Ceramics, Painting and Pottery

Fine china painting, ceramic dolls, ceramic jewelry, handmade stoneware, wheel-thrown pottery, and beautiful china painting on glass.


The Carson & Barnes Circus is on the grounds for three shows on Thursday, Aug. 7, in the infield of the race track. Online tickets sold exclusively at or call 273-7888, Ext. 4, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mountain Time.

Commercial Exhibits

Again this year we have many commercial exhibits inside and outside to enjoy, ranging from politicians to vacuums. Visit the Commercial Building or outside along the pathways, and you'll find what you're looking for. For information contact Toni Hinton at 258-3238 or


Third Day will perform Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. No admission is charged to get into the fair on Tuesday.

Four gold albums, multiplatinum, three-time Grammy winner and 21 of the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. Backing up the Atlanta-based rockers band's ascent, Billboard magazine noted the act is "not only one of the best Christian bands of the '90s but one of the best rock bands, period." Third Day is one of the premier rock bands in contemporary Christian music over the last decade. Influenced by the Southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other artists as U2 and Rich Mullins,Third Day has become the leader in its genre. Tickets are $25, sold exclusively at Garden of Read'n, 2621 Brooks St., Missoula, 728-3032. For online orders, go to: Last-minute tickets will be available at the fairgrounds. Opening for Third Day will be local favorite Hands Up and clear from "down under" Revive.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be on stage Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets include gate charge for Wednesday.

Grammy award winners, multiplatinum, 17 consecutive Top 10 country songs. Founded in California in 1965, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has lasted longer than virtually any other country-based rock group of its era. Younger contemporaries of the Byrds, they played an almost equally important role in the transformation from folk-rock into country-rock, and were an influence on such bands as the Eagles and Alabama. Tickets are $25, on sale exclusively at


Each year the fair welcomes 28 nonprofit local clubs and organizations, serving almost any kind of fair food you can imagine! Some vendors have been with the fair 40-plus years, and others are new this year. They work very hard to bring you the best fair-food experience around. Come and enjoy! For information regarding concession booths contact Toni Hinton at 258-3238 or e-mail


Something for everyone! Here's just a sample of categories you can enter: Breads, Pet Goodies, Chili Cooking, Decorated Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Edible Art, Pickles, Salsa, Meat Sauce, Beer, Wine, Root Beer, Smoked Fish, Dried Herbs, Canned Preserves, Peanut Brittle, Popcorn Balls, Jelly and Jams, Cheesecake and even a Culinary division For Men Only. Check the schedule for special activities each day in the Culinary Building.

Dahlia Show

The Dahlia Show is held Saturday, Aug. 9, for one day in the Floriculture Building, co-sponsored by the Montana State Dahlia Show and judged by accredited dahlia judges and student dahlia judges. From giant blossoming beauties to the striking Mignon-size dahlias, there are bouquets of dahlias to please even the most particular dahlia lover. For dahlia entry questions contact Lynn Weger at 543-8695.

Dairy Cattle

Jersey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey and other fine dairy champions are on display for your viewing pleasure.

Demolition Derby

Watch the crashes and bashes Sunday, Aug. 10. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. All seating is reserved so you don't have to stand in long lines anymore to get good seats. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youth. A great evening of Demolition Derby fun for the whole family!

4-H Country Fair

The 4-H program in Missoula is hoppin! 4-H includes a lot more than raising beef, hogs and sheep and other animals. Club members participate in a variety of projects including the following: Aerospace, Photography, Small Engines, Veterinary Science, Woodworking, Leadership, Drama, Dog Care and Training, Shooting Sports, and much more. Visit the Country Fair and find out how your family can be involved!


The Future Farmers of America are today's youth involved in the agriculture industry. In addition to raising animals, FFA members also take part in other projects at the fair including: Livestock Management, Crop Production, Nursery Operations, Horticulture Production, Forest Management, Natural Resources Management, and many other aspects that affect our agricultural communities. Watch for FFA exhibits and members throughout fair week.

Fine Arts

This is where you can find stunning craftsmanship and artwork displayed in various aspects of the artistic world. Some of the categories that can be viewed are: Woodwork, Jewelry, Scrapbooking, Paintings, Leather Work, Drawings, Antiques, and much more.


If bright colors and fresh scents are what you enjoy, then make sure you stop into floral hall. This is not just a building full of cut flowers. There is table artistry, potted and hanging plants, displays from local flower shops, and entries from kids.

Midway Stage

Local talents will perform on the midway stage! Great acts, both local and regional, will be featured every day from opening to closing. Returning favorites include Michael Mezmer and others.


Did you know that there will be various goat breeds at the fair such as Alpines, LaManchas, Nubians, Oberhaslis, Nigerian Dwarf, and many others? Check out the working goats and the goat show.

Home Arts

A place to come and enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting and decorating crafts from exhibitors. The competition is tough and the exhibits are easy on the eyes. These open class exhibitors have been working long and hard on their fair projects so don't be afraid to take a look and enjoy the local talents.

Ice Skating

Glacier Ice Rink will be open this year for Youth Hockey, Public Skate, Maulers Hockey and skate exhibitions.


The horse show is always on the Saturday before the fair.


These animals are used for their wool, packing in the mountains, and have a variety of personalities. The Llama Building is the place to see the animals that have been judged. There's even a Llama Costume Class!

Media Arts

Check out the fair's newest department now in new digs at the old Photography Building! Something for everyone to see from comedy to documentaries.


Space models, boat models, car models, 3-D puzzles, Lego models, erector set models, and much more!


Come see local creative photography at its best. Visit this department in its new larger home above the Culinary Building. Adults, professionals and young people of all ages have entered remarkable photos.


Professional Bull Riding with top competitors is Thursday, Aug. 7. All seats are reserved and are $23 for adults and $20 for youth. Preshow begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association)

The authentic rodeo performances of the Western Montana Fair are Friday, Aug. 8, and two performances Saturday, Aug. 9. Seats are reserved and are $16 for adults and $13 for youth for each night. Tickets for the matinee show are $13 for adults and $10 for youth. Preshow begins at 6:30 p.m. and show begins at 7 p.m. SLACK PERFORMANCE will be Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. This year's "Tough Enough To Wear Pink" presentation will be at the Friday night preshow. Call or stop by the fair office soon to purchase your tickets.

Rabbits and Poultry

Bunnies galore! Breeds such as Mini Lop, Fuzzy Lop, Dutch, Netherland Dwarf, Jersey Wooly and many others on display. The poultry division includes pigeons, geese and a variety of chicken breeds.

Rose Show

Yes, there are beautiful roses growing amongst us! The Rose Show is co-sponsored by the Missoula Rose Society and takes place Sunday during the fair.


No need to count sheep in your sleep when you can see them at the fair. There are breeds such as Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Hampshire, Suffolk and unregistered.


A fair could never be without those wonderful pigs! Big pigs and little pigs. Chester White breed to the Poland China breed, and many others!

Teen Zone

A new fun zone just for teenagers and located south of the enclosed ice rink. Activities include Guitar Hero, XBox Army Game, Laser Gun game, music, climbing wall and more. Fun and prizes! Open daily and restricted to teenagers 12 to 18 years old.

"Tough Enough To Wear Pink"

For more information about go to


Super Zuch is back! Create your own original decorated zucchini and enter it at the Culinary Building Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. Voting will continue until Friday at 2 p.m. Winners will be announced on the 5:30 p.m. KPAX news broadcast.Thanks to KPAX, Triple W, and Noon's n Super Zuch sponsors.

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