The third week in July and Marias Fair fun time has arrived! This year’s fair features two nights of Pro-Rodeo action, concerts, the demolition derby, 4-H exhibits and a multitude of other displays, along with bounce houses and other entertainment.
The Marias River Stampede Rodeo will take place on Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19, starting at 7 p.m. Prior to the rodeo on both nights Mutton Busting will get underway at 6 p.m. Only 20 entries are allowed per evening, so registering early is a must!
All entries will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. See the Marias Fair website, www.mariasfair.com, for more information and registration forms or call (406) 434-2692 with any questions.
Friday night is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” in support of breast cancer awareness but before a second night of rodeo action gets underway there will be a 4-H Freestyle Horse Show competition starting at 5 p.m. The contestants will also be presenting the Grand Entry and the flag to lead the National Anthem. If you don’t happen to have a pink shirt be on the lookout as 4-H’ers will be selling pink t-shirts throughout the fair.
This season’s rodeo events include bareback, saddlebronc, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and ladies barrel racing. Scot Allerdings, PRCA clown and barrelman will be joining in the fun, providing family entertainment during his performances throughout both evenings.
Following Thursday evening’s rodeo the Boone Country Band will get the grandstands rockin’ with a fantastic lineup of classic and modern country, with some rock-n-roll mixed in. The Boone Country Band features local talent, Dan Gliko, Jr., of Sunburst, along with his dad, uncle, aunt and cousins. They’ve been playing together now for over 10 years and are ready for another party in the grandstand area. If you miss out on Thursday night don’t worry, the band will be performing again on Saturday evening, following the Demolition Derby. Be sure to wear your dancing boots, you’re going to need them!
Friday morning at 9 a.m. Rodeo Slack will be happening in the arena. This is a free event for anyone wanting to attend.
Friday night’s concert following the rodeo features the Plowed Under Band. This fantastic foursome is described as “a high energy, black dirt band” from Havre that mixes traditional and new country with blues, rock and original songs. The group has been performing together since 2009 and have opened for Justin Moore, Chuck Wicks, Jason Michael Carroll and John King.
Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. the 4-H Livestock Auction Sale gets underway in the Seewald Barn. The number of bidders grows in number every year, so be sure and get there early if you want a seat!
Saturday evening boasts one of the most popular events at the fair, the Demolition Derby! A slight change from last year, the organizers of the event have “burned up the ‘Chain and Bang’ rules and it’s back to the old rules! It’s going to be an old-fashioned, give-it-all-you-got, crash-em-up Derby!” Friday, July 19, at 5 p.m., is the deadline for anyone wishing to enter the Derby at the discounted price of $75. Any entries received after 5 p.m. Friday will be $90, with no entries being accepted after 3 p.m. on Saturday. You can find the registration packet on the fair website or call Todd Howell with any questions at (406) 460-0574.
The engines will roar starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, be sure and get there in plenty of time, as there is always a long line to get into this grandstand event!
Saturday evening will conclude with more live music from the Boone Country Band and a fantastic display of fireworks.
All grandstand events are $20 for adults, free for those under eight-years-old and over 80-years-old, and $10 for students and seniors. Thursday is Veterans Night and all vets receive free admission with proper ID. Passes are available, contact the fair office at 434-2692 for more information.
Marias Fair fun isn’t just in the grandstands! The Kids Inflatable Fun Zone will be located on the midway and the best part? The Marias Fair Board will be providing this as a free act of entertainment! The Fun Zone will include water walkers, hippo chow down game, bouncy house, sports games and a zip line. There will also be a “Build a Buddy” booth where kids can buy a customized stuffed animal ranging in price from $10-$20.
The Fun Zone will be open from 4-8 on Wednesday, July 17, and from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
The free entertainment doesn’t stop there! Pippi the Clown will be entertaining on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Pippi is a master balloon artist, creating hats and wild animals, and face painting expert, bringing along her incredible face painting kit. Pippi’s act also includes parachutes and balls, providing non-competitive games for kids aged six to 60.
The 4-H Exhibit Building opens Thursday and Friday, at 10 a.m. and remains open until 9 p.m. On Saturday it will open at 10 a.m., but will close at 6:30 p.m.
Open Class entries, located in the Marias Fair Exhibit Building, will be open to the public starting at noon each day and remain open until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, closing at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
There’s still plenty of room for more vendors of all kinds. If you are interested in being a vendor at this year’s fair, information and the vendor registration form can be found on the fair website.
The 78th Four-County Marias Fair promises fun and entertainment for all ages Thursday through Saturday. This time-honored tradition only continues if you attend, so grab your family and friends and head on out for a great few days of Marias Fair fun!
A complete schedule of events is available online at www.mariasfair.com or check out the Facebook page at Marias Fair & Stampede Rodeo.