Madison County Fair set to kick off

Preparations for the Madison County Fair are nearly complete and this year’s fair promises to be another event filled with good family fun, astounding 4-H exhibits and a peek at the best small town Montana has to offer.

Fair director Dana Escott is busy with her crew putting the final touches on the Madison County Fairgrounds.

“It’s always fun,” Escott said Tuesday.

The Madison County Fair will start Aug. 4 with the 4-H Horse Show, followed by the Aug. 5 Youth Rodeo. The bulk of the events will start Aug. 8 and run through Sunday, Aug. 12.

Over the past few years, Escott has worked to bring different acts to the fair, both for music and for entertainment. This year is no exception as local band The Dirty Shame plays both Friday and Saturday night.

Also new to this year’s fair will be mechanical bull riding on Friday and Saturday.

And for high-flying entertainment this year, she’s bringing in Swoop Production’s BMX show. Swoop markets themselves as a two-wheeled entertainment company and are based in Boulder.

And as always, the Madison County Fair NRA Rodeo promises to be the best in the state, Escott said.

In fact, Madison County Fair is the reigning Montana state NRA rodeo of the year.

The theme for this year’s fair is in celebration of Montana 4-H’s 100th birthday – “Montana 100 years – 4-H: past, present, possibilities.”

The grand marshals of this year’s Madison County Fair Parade are Kathy Ball from Sheridan and Daryell Cogdill from Whitehall.

Ball and Cogdill were selected for their years dedicated to 4-H in Madison County, Escott said.

“They’re some pretty big mentors in 4-H in Madison County,” she said.

Also this year, the Ladder Canyon Ranch Rodeo will again delight fans with a variety of events geared toward life on a working cattle ranch. The ranch rodeo is free admission and some of the proceeds from entry fees will be donated back to Madison County 4-H, Escott said.

Also this year a car show will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Twin Bridges.

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