Madison Co. Fair Aug. 9-13

Annual event will run through Sunday in Twin Bridges
Out of the chute. The Madison County Fair begins today on the fairgrounds in Twin Bridges

Attendees at the 2017 Madison County Fair can live its “Living Our Western Heritage” theme today through Sunday, on the fairgrounds in Twin Bridges.

“We feel that theme fits us pretty well,” said Madison County Fairgrounds Manager Dan Escott.

“We’re a small, country fair, so it is about our Western heritage. It’s about agriculture and our small-town atmosphere—and we have all these historic buildings out here.”

The 2017 installment of the annual Madison County Fair will include many traditional favorites, recent additions making a return by popular demand and a lot of new attractions.

“There’s actually going to be quite a bit of new stuff this year,” said Escott, who has overseen the fair for a decade.

“We have a team of horses coming in. And we’re having a greased hog scramble for little kids on Wednesday night, a ewe lamb scramble Friday night for 4-H kids, and on Saturday night a heifer calf scramble for the older kids,” said Escott, noting that women can compete in the calf dressing/bloomering on Thursday before the 6 p.m. Ranch Hand Rodeo, the winning team from which will gain an invite to the Big Sky Ranch Rodeo Finals.

The fair will also feature, for the third straight year, the All Girls Stock Saddle Bronc Riding contest.

“It’s proven pretty popular and fun for the ladies to do,” said Escott of the event that will happen Friday evening.

Other popular returnees to this year’s fair include: Madison County barrel racing on Wednesday evening; an opening flag ceremony on Thursday morning; a police dog demo Friday at 3 p.m.; bingo; Wild Cow Milking on Friday night, when there will also be a Family Dance; the Beer Garden, where Exit 53, a country band from Hardin, will perform Friday and Saturday nights; a Saturday morning amateur horseshoes tournament and rocket launch demo; plus shows/exhibits of sheep, goats, cats, dogs, beef, dairy cattle, poultry, swine and rabbits.

Kids will find plenty to do during the fair, including the always popular Bounce Off the Wallz and the Double Vision Magic twins, who will stroll the Fairgrounds and also do shows on the Jeffers Building stage on Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m.

Young children can also participate in Stick Horse Rodeo, which will take place Friday afternoon, when a Bouncy Horse Rodeo and watermelon eating contest are also scheduled to take place.

An annual centerpiece to the Madison County Fair, the Northern Rodeo Association (NRA)-Jacobs Livestock Rodeo will return for 7 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday.

Sunday morning’s itinerary includes the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the local fire department and a parade through Twin Bridges scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., two hours before the fair officially closes.

The Madison County Fair will also feature a Petting Zoo with a wide variety of critters that anyone can expand on by bringing a pet-able pet.

“Anybody who has some critters for the petting zoo can just bring them,” said Escott, advising those folks to check in with Ann Gornich, who is overseeing the petting zoo.

The Madison County Fair will take place on the Fairgrounds in Twin Bridges from Wednesday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 13. A full schedule of individual events and attractions is available online at http://madisoncountymt.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7457.