Believe it or not summer is more than half way over and it’s just about fair time in Madison County.
And this year’s fair is geared up to be bigger and better than ever, said Dana Escott, Madison County Fair Manager.
Last year between 3,000 and 5,000 people attended the fair, Escott said. It was one of the biggest years ever. But this year will feature even more entertainment and activities and could even be bigger than last year.
“To keep the excitement here at the fair you need to have new things,” she said.
This year’s fair will once again feature the motorcycle trick-riding group, Play With Gravity, which was a big hit last year.
This year will also feature country music singer Charlie Jenkins, who was featured on the realty television show, Nashville Star, and has opened with the likes of country music favorites Montgomery Gentry, Emerson Drive and Daryl Worely.
Unlike in years past, Jenkins is going to have his concert prior to the Friday night rodeo, Escott said.
“The price of the rodeo ticket gets you in to see him,” she said. “There’s no additional cost.”
This year’s fair will also feature The Amazing Playground, which will be free for kids attending the fair. The playground will feature bumper boats, an 18-foot water slide, obstacle course and a 26-foot tall super slide.
Unlike many fairs around Montana, the Madison County Fair doesn’t charge a gate fee, Escott said.
To help offset costs, the fair board this year sold sponsorships, she said. The sponsorships were sold on seven different levels. This year the fair gathered about $5,800 from the sponsorships.
Besides the regular rodeo, a big draw at the fair is the ranch rodeo, which will have a VIP section this year, Escott said. People who buy tickets to the VIP section will get special seating for the rodeo as well as a catered meal.
“It will be all you can eat and drink and all proceeds are going to be donated back to the fairgrounds to help offset the cost,” she said.
Other events at this year’s fair will include all the 4-H events, a petting zoo, a Twin Bridges Senior and Community Center barbecue Friday night, the parade Sunday morning and a demolition derby Sunday afternoon. This year’s grand marshall will be Ruby Valley cowboy Bob Birrer.
For more information about the fair, contact Escott at 684-5824. For more details on the fair, look for your copy of the Madison County Fair Book, which are available at many outlets around the county.