A $2.5million investment was made by Missoula County to ensure the 1915 Commercial Building will continue to serve Missoula and the Western Montana Fair for another 100 years. The ribbon-cutting, held at the opening moment of the Western Montana Fair, will throw open the doors to reveal a building overflowing with beautiful handmade local crafts. Thanks to the MADE Fair Marketplace, hundreds of local artisans will display and sell their fine products at the Western Montana Fair once again. Speakers will include: Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney; Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier; Jim Harmon, Harmon’s Histories; and Paul Filicetti, A&E Architecture.
Historically, red is the color associated with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) awareness. August 10th is the “Rock Your Rodeo Red” MMIWG event at the PRCA Rodeo at the Western Montana Fair Grounds. Show your support for MMIWG families and survivors by purchasing an Indian Taco at the MUIHC booth and a Rock Your Rodeo Red t-shirt at the MUIHC informational booth. The support of the Western Montana Fair will enable MUIHC and the Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force to reach a broad audience of all Montanans who may be unaware of the severity of the MMIWG reality.
The Western Montana Fair Stampede Music Stage showcases aspiring and legendary artists, both local and national. It is the platform that appeals to all walks of life, from Country to Rock and Roll and everything in-between, embodying the inclusive spirit of the Fair. The best part? It’s absolutely Free to attend thanks to our Free Admission sponsors.
Sponsoring the Fair means supporting your whole community through new Sustainability Initiatives, Free Admission for All, Historic Building Preservation, and Handmade goods from over 100 local artisans!
The redevelopment of the Missoula County Fairgrounds’ historic Commercial and Culinary buildings is on schedule for their grand re-opening at the 2019 Fair this Summer. With the award-winning Made Fair Marketplace confirmed for this year, folks can look forward to a big reveal at the Western Montana Fair: August 7-11, 2019! The Fairgrounds remains open and offers public events and programming all Winter long.
The Fairgrounds will be tricky to access for a little while as redevelopment construction is underway. Please use this map to help you navigate to events and facilities. We will be open and active with events throughout the construction process and will update our website and social media regularly. Thank you for your patience!
The conclusion of the Western Montana Fair marks the end of summer in Missoula, and the 2018 event was another for the ages.
As vendors and staff clean up the grounds and seasonal workers disperse, it feels like saying goodbye after another memory-making summer camp for our staff. In its second year offering free admission every day for all, the Western Montana Fair settled into a sweet spot with consistent numbers, great attendance, and continued investment in quality programming.
Today was an important day in the history of the Western Montana Fair. The Board of Missoula County Commissioners (BCC) voted unanimously to uphold Free Admission for the Western Montana Fair for 2018 and in perpetuity. This means the event will provide free access to the entire community for years to come, regardless of one's socioeconomic status.
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.
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. This Thursday, April 26 at 2:00p.m. in the County Courthouse, the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to open the public hearing to begin taking public feedback on those guidelines.
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.
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.
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 and earn 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 further 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/
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!
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.
As with the Fair itself, the MADE Fair Marketplace will be free admission every day with lots of shopping and interactive activities.