Agriculture is an important part of Montana's heritage and a vital sector of Montana's economy today. Montanans find many ways to honor farmers and ranchers -- past, present and future -- and the crops they produce. Join the fun and experience the rural tradition at these fairs and festivals held throughout the state. From creative hay bale sculptures to livestock judging, farm equipment displays to delicious homemade food, there's something for everyone at these events.
Below you will find a list of upcoming agricultural fairs, festivals, field days, and other events for 2013. Activities and schedules are subject to change, so check with the event organizers before making your travel plans.
Held at Billings MetraPark, the Montana Agri-Trade Exposition (MATE) is the largest agricultural showcase in Montana with over indoor booths, large outdoor exhibits, and daily educational seminars. It features the latest in farm and ranch equipment, products, and services. Held in conjuction with MATE is the Home and Health Expo that features a variety of booths from health products and services to blood screenings and CPR trainin,g as well as home decor and home improvement. Thursday & Friday, 10 AM-6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-5PM.
An agricultural celebration in the historic tradition of fairs, nearly 10,000 people will earn cash and ribbons for their entries which range from beer, wine, bunnies, crocheting, horticulture, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, petit-point, pickles, to hobbies, and arts and crafts. The region's largest event features free entertainment stages, a carnival, food vendors, and beer gardens. Major concerts are held in the Rimrock Auto Area during the opening weekend, as well as arenacross and rodeo to end the week. The Priefert Draft Horse Hitch is also on display and performs twice daily. Conveniently located at MetraPark near I-90 at exit 452, MontanaFair provides fun for the whole family for nine days from noon to midnight.
Held annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day, the feature attraction of “What the Hay” is an eye-catching display of delightful, creative and charming hay bale sculptures. Up to 70 bale creations line the Montana Bale Trail, a 21-mile loop of state highways 239 and 541 just south of U.S. 87 and stretching from Hobson, through Utica to Windham. Visitors can explore a giant hay maze, enjoy delicious homemade goodies from a host of vendors, and peruse the agricultural educational displays at the Midway Café. Held in conjunction with Utica Day Fair and Hobson Farmers Market, this one-day event draws nearly 7,000 visitors. It is truly a must-see Montana event!
Published: Fri Oct 14 16:40:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Fri May 10 09:47:59 MDT 2013