Homebrew and Legos? You Can Learn Lots at Western Montana Fair
While the Western Montana Fair is all about having fun and being entertained, it's also become a place to learn new things.
And fair organizers say with a record number of exhibits again this year, the fair is the perfect place to pick up a new hobby, or further your interest in a craft.
Fresh off setting a new record at the revitalized fair last year, the exhibits just keep pouring in this year, with a thousand more things to show off, from photography to arts to animals.
"Last year we had about 4000 exhibits and this year we have increased to 4600 and that's including our 4H and Open Class," explains Allison Wilson, the Community Outreach and Programming Specialist for the Western Montana Fair.
And that means a wide array of things that will catch your interest and spark your imagination. In fact, there are so many displays that the "Commercial Building" has been taken over entirely by exhibits. Those range from Lego models to woodworking to some of the most amazing quilts and other creations you've ever seen in Fabric Arts.
If you've always wanted to learn more about growing flowers in Montana, the Fair is the perfect place to meet an expert.
It's evident people learned a lot during the "pandemic years" and want to pass along those new, and old pastimes.
And that's just fine with the Fair
Wilson says the exhibits have actually been set up and demonstrations scheduled so people can learn, and get involved next year.
"We have pretty much every activity and hobby you can imagine at our fair and it's really great to see all the art and creativity in our community. We have brought in a lot of nonprofits that are doing demonstrations in our historic plaza. Things like canning demos, woodcarving, the Zoo City Zumurgists are doing a home brewing demo and these are all things that you can learn about at our fair and then next year enter yourself."
And that extends to all the 4H and FFA exhibits, where you can be inspired by the youth who've worked so hard raising their critters.
"it really is for beginners to people that have been doing this their whole life. And we hope this year a lot of people learn and want to enter next year."