Why is it important to know how to bathe a chicken? Just one of the questions to be answered during a new feature from the Western Montana Fair called Exhibitor Demo Day.

Anyone interested in entering exhibits for the first time at the Western Montana Fair are invited to attend a free afternoon of demonstrations, a question and answer time, and “blue ribbon tips” Saturday, June 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fairgrounds.

Administrative aide Tracy Mullennix said the demonstrations will be presented by the actual superintendents of each division in the fair.

"They'll all be there to give you tips about how to properly enter exhibits in the fair," Mullennix said. "Those deadlines come up at the end of July, so we're having this event at the end of June so people will have plenty of time to get their exhibits ready."

So, what about bathing a chicken?

"If you're entering a chicken at the fair, the judges are looking for clean chickens that don't have any mites or any barnyard things hanging on to their feathers, so the poultry superintendent will actually give a demonstration on how to give your chicken a bath. You can learn how to be a demolition derby driver, how to prepare photographs for display, lots of culinary tips and other advice on the best ways to prepare your entries."

Representatives from the Fair royalty will also be there to answer questions about how to become involved in that aspect of the fair.

The event is Saturday, June 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Western Montana Fairgrounds. It is free and open to everyone.

The Western Montana Fair for 2015 will be August 11 to 16.