Fair Exhibit Guide (Premium Books) Available Now!

The Exhibit Guide for the Western Montana Fair (Aug 7-12) 2018 are now available in the Fair box office and most grocery stores, retailers, and Fair sponsor locations.

Grab yours today and look it over closely as some departments and deadlines have changed.  

Download the interactive electronic version at missoulafairgrounds.com/exhibits

We have exciting things coming to the 2018 Fair and we can't wait to have you along for the ride!

Groundbreaking Ceremony to Mark Fairgrounds Redevelopment
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Join County Commissioners and Fairgrounds users at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, to celebrate the redevelopment of the Missoula County Fairgrounds.
 
The ceremony, which will kick off Phase I of redevelopment, will be held at the racetrack, and folks should enter through the rodeo grandstands on the southside of the Fairgrounds. The redevelopment will begin with demolition of the racetrack, which will make space for a new rodeo arena and grandstands, livestock center, parking lots and open space during the later phase of project. The County will repurpose the specialized equine dirt used for the racetrack surface by transporting it to the Big Sky Horse Park just west of Missoula.
 
Phase I will cost $20 million – of which about $15 million has been funded – and is expected to be complete within five years. It includes new utilities, renovations to historic buildings, a new maintenance shop, a new Learning Center to house the County Weed District and 4-H, perimeter landscaping and streetscaping, more than a mile of new trails and 10 new acres of open space. Future phases include 19 total acres of open space and the new livestock center, rodeo arena, ice rink and exhibit center.
 
"Our community cares deeply about this historic property,” said County Commissioner Jean Curtiss. “We share memories of this special place that brings together the best of Missoula – urban, rural, young and old. It reminds us of where we came from and gives us hope about where we are headed. The Fairgrounds were once on the edge of a small town and served to showcase our agriculture. Now they are surrounded by a vibrant city and continue to connect us to our roots as we create new memories.”

The Missoula County Fairgrounds mission is to promote agriculture, education, culture, recreation, and community connection and to reflect the beauty and history of Western Montana. Our mantra is to be the physical space that embodies the diversity of Missoula County itself, connecting our urban vibrancy with our rural heritage, midtown with the neighborhoods, and tradition with innovation.

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Public Feedback Needed for Missoula Fairgrounds Design Guidelines

We need your input to ensure redevelopment meets your vision. With the planning process complete, we have developed Design Guidelines to identify the function, intent, and character of specific design elements - with the goal of ensuring consistent, high-quality design and clear expectations as the Fairgrounds are renovated and redeveloped. The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to open the public hearing to begin taking public feedback on those guidelines Thursday, April 26 at 2:00pm in the County Courthouse.

We have also begun preliminary design development, including schematic design of the grounds, a study of the existing ice rinks, and collaboration with the County Weed District and Extension Office on a new Learning Center. The resulting Schematic Plan (below) refines the site layout and provides detail for site circulation, parking, landscaping, and building location.

Don’t miss this important opportunity to weigh in on aesthetics. Design Guidelines are integral to creating a cohesive campus with consistent character. They will apply to all new buildings, restorations, and site work at the Fairgrounds. We need to ensure they are perfect and your thoughts are incorporated.

We couldn’t have gotten where we are today without your patience and support. Stay tuned for an announcement about our ground-breaking ceremony in a few weeks!

Tom Aldrich
Check out the new Missoula Stampede Rodeo Logo!
 

Logo by Josh Quick

 

Talented Missoula artist, Josh Quick has designed a brand-new logo for the Missoula Stampede Rodeo.

Mr. Quick designed the current Western Montana Fair artwork in 2017, winning three design awards at the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs convention in November. Only fitting, then, that he created a rodeo logo to match.  

The historic PRCA-sanctioned event will celebrate it's 103rd year this summer, August 7-11, 2018! It is produced by Sankey Pro Rodeo. Tickets are available now. 

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Missoula Fairgrounds Launches All-New Website

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The Missoula County Fairgrounds and Western Montana Fair have launched an all-new website. The new site was built as part of efforts to better reach stakeholders, provide more meaningful content, and to better represent all the volunteers, vendors, service clubs, sponsors, nonprofits, athletes, and entertainers who make the Fair great. As most Fairgoers access the site on their mobile devices, the new layout will be mobile-friendly and serve as an easy-to-use guide for going to the Fair. The new website can be reached at the same URL as always, missoulafairgrounds.com or westernmontanafair.com.

New Features:

  • All-new design with simplified menus and clean layouts.
  • Newsfeed-oriented homepage with regular updates and news posts.
  • Mobile-friendly reflexive template that works great for planning your outing at the Fairgrounds. 
  • All-new feature pages for fair food with bios and menus provided by the nonprofit concessionaires.
  • All-new feature pages for each exhibit department, with Superintendent bios and easier to access information for exhibit entries and blue ribbon winners.
  • All-new events feed with up-to-date details on all Fairgrounds events.
  • All-new Future of the Fairgrounds page to provide up-to-date information for Fairgrounds Redevelopment and to serve as a portal for the public feedback process.
  • Clean, user-friendly content pages for all Fair programming.

Upcoming Features

  • A new tickets page, serving as a guide to all the best discount deals and promos for Fair tickets.  
  • Fair history page with great photos and stories about the event’s 139-year history.
  • Fair art page with a gallery of all known Fair posters from past to present.
  • Further refinements to speed, layout, and usability on all platforms.

As with any evolution in technology, the new site will be continuously updated and refined as staff are provided feedback from stakeholders. The Fair community is encouraged to pay a visit to the website and provide any feedback they like through the form on the about page.

 

Fair summer internships are now open!
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Photo by Tom Aldrich 

The Missoula County Fairgrounds and Western Montana Fair are hiring  seasonal summer interns for the 2018 Fair season.

Interns will learn a great deal about marketing and event management while earning great pay at $12.15/hour. Applicants can look forward to an exciting and fun summer as part of a great team working hard to enhance the historic Western Montana Fair.

Applications are due by May 1, 2018 for positions running June-August. Work study preferred but not required. 

Find out more and apply at westernmontanafair.com/about

or apply through University of Montana's Internship page, umt.joinhandshake.com/

Tom Aldrich
Sponsorships are now available for the award-winning Western Montana Fair, Aug 7-12, 2018! ​​​​​​​

With a new fundraising goal of $100,000 set for 2018, Fair staff aim to shatter the already-high benchmark of $76,534 set in 2017 for cash sponsorships. Sponsor dollars directly support the continuation of Free Admission and ever-increasing quality in Fair programming. With over 86,000 attendees spanning all Western Montana demographics, as well as the great in-kind media support, Fair sponsorships are of incredible value to local businesses. 

The 2018 Fair is already taking shape to be one for the ages, as new community partnerships are being forged to bring better and better content to the event. We hope you'll join us as we Pioneer the Future at the Western Montana Fair! 

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MADE Fair Montana teams up with the Western Montana Fair, August 7-12, 2018.
 Logos by Josh Quick

Logos by Josh Quick

The new MADE Fair Marketplace at the Western Montana Fair will showcase over 65 artisans per day in the historic Commercial Building. Local & regional artists and makers are encouraged to apply to be a part of this new endeavor and will be juried by a panel to make sure the curated collection of artisans represent Montana’s best of the best. In addition to featuring artists, there will be three additional booths: a local non-profit, an artist in residence, and a make & take zone. 

This new partnership represents the latest move in a commitment to quality programming for the Western Montana Fair, connecting local and regional artisans to Fair stakeholders in a fun and meaningful way. As site redevelopment begins, this partnership reaffirms the Missoula County Fairgrounds as an important cultural center in Western Montana.  

As with the Fair itself, the MADE Fair Marketplace will be free admission every day with lots of shopping and interactive activities.

Applications for all Fair vendors are now open.

 

Registration info for vendors:

Applications for MADE fair Marketplace: handmademontnana.com

Applications for other commercial vendors: missoulafairgrounds.com

Applications for food vendors: missoulafairgrounds.com