Additional county funding creates free fair day

By: 
JENNY GESSAMAN
Reporter

Fairgoers like these can enjoy a free-admission day this year at the 2017 Central Montana Fair, thanks to an agreement between the Fergus County Commissioners and the Fergus County Fairgrounds Commission.

Photo by Terri Selph

It may still be February, but Fergus County Commissioners Sandy Youngbauer and Ross Butcher are already thinking of the summer’s fair, and how to help others enjoy it. The commissioners presented a proposal at the Fergus County Fair Commission’s February meeting, offering a $30,000 increase in county funding in return for making one day of the Central Montana Fair admission-free.

“We had some discussion about the County taking some more funds and supporting the fairgrounds a little more than we’ve done,” Butcher said.

He explained the commissioners were willing to do so, but wanted taxpayers to be able to see the benefit of increasing fairground funding.

The Fergus County Fairground Commission discussed pros and cons of the change, including the possibility that the event might drive down the number of people attending the fair when there was an admission. Commissioner Allen Shammel thought there was at least one pro, though.

“Agriculture is not in a good position,” he said. “I would like to see people get any kind of a break they can this year.”

The Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to have a free admission day on Lewistown Day of the 2017 Central Montana Fair, July 26.

 

In other business

• The Commission approved a total of $9,602.32 in claims.

• Rodeo Committee Chair Brett Maxwell reported the newly formed Snowy Mountain Cowboy Club pledged $10,000 to the 2017 PRCA Rodeo.

• During the fairgrounds report, Fergus County Fairgrounds Office and Grounds Administrator Faith Robertson gave an update on night show ticket sales. To date, 370 tickets had been sold to Clay Walker’s show for a total of $12,657. She compared it to the same time last year, when 410 tickets to Travis Tritt’s show had been sold for a total of $16,971.

• Long’s Livestock talked to the Commission about the cost of renting the fairgrounds for their annual pig sale.

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