Commission considers new entrance for Central Montana Fair

Jenny Gessaman

Reporter’s note: This article is based on the unofficial minutes of the Commission’s Dec. 20 meeting.


Fair preparations were the focus of the Fergus County Fair Commission’s December meeting, including arrangements to change where people will enter the 2017 Central Montana Fair.

Commission members heard a presentation by Fergus County Fairground Office and Grounds Administrator Faith Robertson on moving the entrance. She reported there had been discussions on relocating it from the traditional gate to side of the trade center. The traditional gate would then be open for exit-only traffic.

Robertson had already consulted with the City of Lewistown Fire Marshal Joe Ward about potential safety issues, and, because the fairgrounds fall into state jurisdiction, he took a brief look at the building on behalf of Deputy State Fire Marshal Sally McKenna.

Commission members discussed the pros and cons, with Bertie Brown suggesting the change be tried for a year and Alan Shammel noting that routing people through vendor booths could increase vendor interest. Brown asked office staff to check in with the RV booth first, and then start planning to test the idea this year. The rest of the commission agreed.

In other business

• The commission approved a total of $6,965.06 in claims.

• The Pavilion Committee recommended the Commission try a dust suppressant product presented at the November meeting. Committee Chair Alan Shammel noted there was no money to purchase a full treatment. Connie Ahlgren reported a sample was available for $200 a ton, and the committee said it would be applied when weather permits to see how well it works.

• Fergus County Fairground Office and Grounds Administrator Faith Robertson reported several Open Fair departments needed superintendents for the 2017 Central Montana Fair.

• The Fergus County Fair Commission passed a motion to give several roping club members $100 credits for the 2016-2017 Riding Program. The credits were given as a way to refund members who paid for annual memberships before the program started offering quarterly rates.

• Commission members chose a winner for the 2017 Central Montana Fair Theme Contest held on Facebook. “It’s No Fair Without You” took the popular and the official votes, and its creator will have their photo featured in the fair’s premium book. They will also receive two weeklong gate passes to the fair.



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