The 74th Montana Winter Fair

The 74th Montana Winter Fair features more than 25 events showcasing Central Montana’s ties to the rural agricultural lifestyle will take place throughout town between Jan. 18 and 27.

LEWISTOWN, Mont. – Held annually each January in Lewistown, the Montana Winter Fair is a celebration of Montana agriculture and the Western way of life. The 74th Montana Winter Fair features more than 25 events showcasing Central Montana’s ties to the rural agricultural lifestyle will take place throughout town between Jan. 18-27.

New this year is skijoring, a chess tournament and Savor the Flavor of Montana, where participants sample the bounty of products grown and produced under the Big Skies of Montana from wheat, whiskey and wine to beef, barley and beer. The Savor the Flavor event will be held Friday, Jan. 18. Tickets are available online or at the Lewistown Art Center.

Many of the old favorites, including the Ranch Sorting Clinic & Competition, Arm Wrestling and the Polar Plunge are making a comeback. Other events include Dutch Oven cooking, Chili & Cinnamon Roll competitions, the Open Fiddle Contest, the Quilt Show & Workshops, Fiber Arts Show & Workshops and Re-creations Show and Sale. Kids can participate in the Stick Horse Rodeo, Old McDonald’s Barn, Meet & Greet with the Ice Queen and the Youth Beef Show.

This year’s Farm Forum will be held Thurs Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25. All sessions are free and will be held in the Eagles Club Grand Hall. No registration required.

Thursday, Jan. 24 MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist Marsha Goetting will present two classes focused on estate planning: Families and Legacies: Challenging Decisions from 10 a.m. to noon and Succession Planning for the Next Generation of Montana Farmers and Ranchers from 1-3 p.m. A free lunch will be provided at noon.

Friday, Jan. 25 a panel including a representative from the Central Montana Tourism Office and local residents will discuss agri-tourism from 10 a.m. to noon. From 1-3 p.m. Dave McEwen will discuss dealing with wildlife on private property, looking closely at bears and big horn sheep. From 3-5 p.m., Marvin Dunster will discuss livestock protection dogs and how they can fit into any cattle or sheep operation. Light refreshments will be served during the afternoon.

The Farm & Ranch Trade Show brings vendors from around the state to showcase their wares.

The Night Show held Friday, Jan. 25 features Havre's Milk River Band. Tickets are available online or at the Lewistown Art Center.

Spectator access to Montana Winter Fair events and activities is free with the exception of the Night Show, skijoring and the Savor the Flavor event. Event participation, fees and registration forms are available on individual event pages. For additional Montana Winter Fair information visit MontanaWinterFair.com.

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