Marias Fair kicks off this week

   4-H events kick off Saturday with the dog show at 9 a.m. at the Seewald Barn, followed by the Fashion Revue at the Exhibit Building at noon. The round robin showmanship competition begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Seewald Barn, and the Livestock Sale begins at 4:00. At 7:30 p.m., the 4-H horse members will kick off the PRCA  rodeo with a Tough Enough to Wear Pink grand entry.
   Sunday is the final day for 4-Hers. Their events conclude with the awards ceremony Sunday at 2:00 at the Seewald Barn. The crowd gathered to celebrate their hard work and success will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Montana 4-H Foundation with a birthday party, complete with cake and ice cream.  By about 4:00, all of the 4-H exhibits will be cleared out. So folks who are planning to enjoy the many events still happening at the rest of the Fair on Sunday should plan to visit the 4-H exhibits in the morning or early afternoon.
   While you’re checking out the Fair exhibits, you might take notice of some of the work that the 4-Hers have done to improve the Fairgrounds. 4-H clubs decorated garbage cans to be distributed throughout the 4-H area, so it is handy for everyone to throw away their garbage. The Marias Fair Board will judge the cans, and the best one will earn a pizza party for the club that designed it. Steven Hoffman has installed a new steer wash rack, to replace the old one that was falling apart, and Fair Board made sure that the water supply got upgraded at the same time. The Rockin 4-H Club organized a memorial garden  in front of the Open Beef Barn in memory of Brett Wanken. The Sandrockets 4-H Club has built new benches. The Blackfeet 4-Hers took down the old boards at the camper spaces. Shawn Skartved organized the re-painting of the pens in the pig barn. Although the improvements aren’t yet made, Krystal McDougall is raising money to re-roof and improve the Old Sheep Barn as well. Watch for her raffle, offering your choice of 3 different hand-made blankets. In addition, the various committees and the Fair Board have worked hard all year, and you will see many improvements at facilities throughout the fairgrounds. Several businesses and organizations have also supported this effort. Farm Bureau provided grant funding to help with the wash rack and sheep barn project this year, and the rabbit barn last year. It’s tough to maintain a facility that is used infrequently, but many people take pride in the Fair, and they are working together to make the grounds reflect that pride.