Fair attendance good despite poor weather


Not all of the numbers are in yet for this year’s Eastern Montana Fair, but according to Gail Shaw, fair manager, the event was well attended considering the rainy weather.

“In general numbers, Wednesday the gate was up,” Shaw said. “Thursday, the gate was down and the rodeo was down, too. Friday night from 7 to 11 the weather was good for the Lorrie Morgan concert, and it looks like that did pretty well. The Demolition Derby [on Saturday afternoon] was a couple thousand dollars back from what could have been. The conditions were quite hard.” 

Shaw added that according to the men who picked up the beverages after the fair, it looked as if the beer sales were down about 50 percent overall.

She said that due to the rain, the carnival started a little late on Saturday, running from around 2 to 11:30 p.m.

“They [the carnival employees] made a safety check at 1:30 p.m. to make sure the rides were safe,” Shaw said. “At one point, they shut down the Zipper because that ride has belts and pulleys that can slip in wet weather. The carnival people really did a nice job.”

Shaw said that numbers and information are still being gathered by fair workers. The gate fee for the fair was raised to $3 this year, and that has not been calculated yet.

“As far as money is concerned, it looks like we were just slightly behind last year,” she said. “Overall, people really supported our fair.”

To accomodate the popular Mighty Thomas Carnival, the fair was moved one day back, from Wednesday through Saturday, instead of the usual Thursday through Sunday.

Shaw expects the Wednesday through Saturday dates also will apply to next year’s event.

Results from Saturday’s Demolition Derby can be found on page 6 of today’s edition. Results from the rodeo will be published as they become available.

An After the Fair Memories edition, chronicling the 4-H students and other fair participants, will be published at a later date.