Powder River Examiner -

It's Fair Time!


August 1, 2019

By PR Extension

The Powder River County Fair is just around the corner and residents are encouraged to pick up a Fair Book and entry tags and participate in the Fair set for August 8th, 9th and 10th in Broadus.

“Stirrup Some Fun” is the theme this year, according to the Powder River County Fair Board and that is the intent of a bundle of entertainment, events and exhibitors for those who attend.

New this year, a pre-Fair event, is the Big Sky Memorial Dog Trials. The event has been organized by Stacie Draine Ostendorf, in memory of her Grandfather Harold Draine and his working stock dogs. Preliminaries begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7th. Ostendorf encourages you to “watch these incredibly talented dogs guide livestock through a series of obstacles.”

A past popular event, the dog races, open to any and all dogs, will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by a calcutta of the stock dogs qualifying for the finals at 7:00 p.m. There will be three classes of dog races, small, medium and large. Popular and entertaining auctioneer Charlee Kuhbacher will be conducting the Calcutta.

Thursday morning will kick off with the 4-H Horse Show at 10:00 a.m., in addition to 4-H Foods judging. The Adventure Zone, a series of fun and challenging inflatables, will be open for fun at noon on Thursday and at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Late afternoon entertainment will be the challenge of the fastest mount during the Stick Horse Rodeo sponsored by the Powder River Rising Stars 4-H Club in the arena at 5:00 p.m. The day will conclude with a Kids Dance on the tennis courts in the park.

The delicious CornerStore Farm and Ranch Breakfast will greet fair exhibitors Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. The 4-H Swine Show, 29 market hogs strong, will begin at 9:00 a.m. Kameron Messmer, Daredevil Circus Wizard, will keep audiences entertained throughout the day on Friday, with strolling acts and stage shows throughout the day. Laser Tag will open at 11:00 a.m. in the park. Talented musicians and product demonstrations will be held throughout the day under the tent. Special features will be Clark Appleman on the piano at noon and Wally Badgett, Cowboy Poet at 2:00 p.m.

The crowd pleasing bum lamb show is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., followed by the 4-H sheep and goat show. Poultry will be judged at 4:00 p.m.

Fair attendees can either participate in a livestock judging contest at 4:00 p.m. in the barn or play BINGO under the tent, sponsored by AAU Volleyball. At 6:00 p.m. the calcutta for the East Fork Ranch Rodeo will begin followed by the stiff competition between ranch teams. New this year is the Wild Sheep Riding. Teams include two “muggers” and a rider, who weighs less than 65 pounds.

A dance will be held at the VFW, after the rodeo.

Saturday morning will begin bright and early with the Powder River County Working Horse Show. The Bum calf judging will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the 4-H Beef Show. The Round Robin competition is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., followed by the Calf Scramble at 2:00 p.m. and the awards ceremony and Fairbook dedication to Ray & Sandy Smith at 3:00 p.m., with the 4-H Livestock Auction concluding the livestock end of the Fair at 4:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, under the tent the youngest fairgoers will enjoy Storytime with Molly Lloyd. From there, youngsters can travel to the fairbarn and search for toys in only the clean sawdust at 11:00 a.m., a tradition for youngsters brought back in the memory of Vera Carter. The Broadus Volunteer Fire Department will be serving their roast beef sandwich at noon and music is provided by Eva Reil.

Erick McConnon’s Incredibly Mediocre Magic Show will mesmerize the audience at 2:00 p.m., and Heather Herman will demonstrate Pampered Chef products at 4:00 p.m. A movie in the park caps the end of a fantastic fair.

There will be plenty of great food from the traditional vendors: the VFW will be selling hamburgers, the FFA their hotdogs and the Lutheran Church their brownie peanut sundaes. On tap are new concessionaires including Andy’s Famous Pizza, Luau Shaved Ice, Seargeant Poppers, J & M Philippine Cuisine, Red’s Fireworks mini-donuts and Treasure State Smokehouse.

Pick up a Fair Book at the Extension Office or go to http://www.prco.mt.gov/Fair for a complete schedule of Fair activities. See you at the Fair!


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