4-H at Montana Fair

4-H/FFA youth compete in many animal shows, including this rabbit show.

4-H/FFA and open class (adults) show all kinds of animals at the Montana Fair including: alpacas, llamas, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs, pocket pets and more.

“Montana Fair is the county fair for the Yellowstone County members of 4-H and FFA, and it is also open to anyone in the state to participate,” said Roni Baker, Yellowstone County Extension agent. “This year, we have 515 exhibitors in the indoor and animal (Junior Livestock) divisions this year.”

Every day of the fair, there are 4-H/FFA shows and activities going on.

Horses are everywhere at the Montana Fair.

The 4-H/FFA Horse Show starts a day earlier than the other shows, and runs through Aug. 9. Then the horse show starts again on Aug. 10 and ends with the Horse Show Trail Classes on Aug. 10.

A special 4-H/FFA Breeding Sheep Classification will be held on Aug. 11 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Expo Center.

“The 4-H and FFA members work hard to learn new skills, care for and fit their animals and be ready to do showmanship. In addition, they must visit with the judge about what they have learned and done throughout the year,” Baker said. “Be sure and stop by and support our youth. It is so important to them.”

The animal presentations, workshops, and demonstrations offer something for everyone in the family.

The Open “All Other Breeds” Cattle Show will be held on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Expo Center, and in the afternoon at 1 p.m., is the Open Junior Angus Cattle Show.

There is an Open Steer Show on Aug. 10, an Open Market Lamb Jackpot Show and and an Open Mini Horse Show on Aug. 17.

The Montana Fair features a three-day Yellowstone River Roundup PRCA Rodeo event with lots of rodeo stock, the best in the business.

Friday, Aug. 9:

4-H shows begin with the 4-H/FFA Horse Show, which is also showing on Aug. 8. Other 4-H/FFA shows include a pocket pet show, rabbit hopping show, and cavy show.

Saturday, Aug. 10:

4-H/FFA Horse Show at at 8:30 a.m.  

The open crop and open wool judging shows are for all ages. Crop producers bring in their best crops to show and sheep producers bring in their best wool.

Special ag education starts in the Ag Sprouts building.

Some fun entertainment is the 4-H Quiz Bowl and cupcake decorating.

Sunday, Aug. 11:

Shows include the 4-H/FFA Poultry and Market Steer Pictures and Ultrasound, and 4-H/FFA breeding sheep and goat pictures.

4-H non- livestock Exhibits on display, with a 4-H Showcase, and cow milking demo, along with Large Animal Showmanship.

Monday, Aug. 12:

4-H/FFA Goat Showmanship, dog show, Beef Showmanship, Breeding Beef and Dairy Cattle Showmanship.

Show up for the 4-H Archery Shoot and non-livestock exhibits continue on display. It is Seniors Day so bring your grandparents and watch the Horse Workshop, while learning to dance.

Tuesday, Aug. 13:

4-H/FFA Sheep Showmanship, Market Goat and Market Lamb Ultrasound, Market Steer and Market Heifer Show and small animal Round Robin training clinic.

4-H Annual Awards program, Create a Cookie, Make and Take Cat and Dog toys in the Expo Center.

Wednesday, Aug. 14:

4-H/FFA Dairy Goat, Swine Showmanship, Miniature Goat, Nigerian Goat, Supreme Buck and Doe Shows, along with Market Poultry and Market Rabbit Pictures.

Don’t forget the 4-H Foods Festival and Edible Arts Display in the Expo Center and Beef Cow Products and Make a Tornado in a Jar, Learn to Stamp Leather, Photography workshop, also in the Expo Center.

Thursday, Aug. 15:

4-H/FFA Swine Market show, Llama, Alpaca, Goat Obstacle Course and a 4-H/FFA Large Animal Round Robin training clinic.

Educational and fun events include: wind energy, 4-H Beach Ball Trivia, swine preparation for fair and animal nutrition needs.

Friday, Aug. 16:

4-H/FFA Livestock Judging clinic, Beef Fitting contest and small and large animal round robins.

It is Service to America Day with free admission to veterans and emergency responders.

Saturday, Aug. 17:

4-H/FFA Junior Livestock awards, Junior Livestock Sale, Junior Exhibitor and Buyer lunch and Patrick K. Goggins Junior Livestock Sale.

On the last day of the fair, expect to see lots of awards, prizes and entertainment all day.

“At the fair, we will be giving out 4-H/FFA and open class ribbons, plaques and money for the grand champions. The non-animal exhibits win ribbons and plaques, as well. Not only kids from farm families will be here competing, but city kids are in 4-H - 4-H is for everyone,” Baker said.

She added there are more than 250 4-H leaders and volunteers that help with 4-H projects in the county.

See the daily schedules at MontanaFair.com for more details.

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