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Sunday, July 22, 2012

172 miles of Hi-Line, three fairs and some cotton candy


Penelope Heaton, 5, and Kael Young, 4, ride a merry-go-round at the Marias 4 County Fair in Shelby, July 21, 2012. 
from:  greatfallstribune.com
Written by DAVID MURRAY/Tribune Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2012 
They are as traditional as riding the Ferris Wheel with your sweetheart, and as fleeting as the lily blooms in the agricultural exhibit hall.
County fairs, whether they be in Libby or Miles City, are always a much anticipated highlight of summer. And one thing is certain, if it’s July or August in Montana, somewhere someone is eating sticky cotton candy, show-ing a prize steer or riding the Zipper.
 
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Eight-year-old Brant Seewald of Cut Bank uses a hose to cool off his brother's pig at the Marias 4 County Fair in Shelby.
 TRIBUNE PHOTO/LARRY BECKNER
In this past week alone, three communities along a 172-mile stretch of Montana’s Hi-Line all held county fairs simultaneously. In Shelby, the Marias 4 County Fair brought in thousands of people eager to see the agricultural exhibits or take in one of the night shows. The Great Northern Fair in Havre was packed Friday night for the rodeo, and, in Dodson, guests from across Phillips County braved the afternoon heat to spend a day visiting neighbors and renewing old acquaintances
For more than 70 years, the people of Liberty, Toole, Pondera and Glacier counties have combined their re-sources to present the Marias Fair. Current fair manager Lynn
Pettigrew was uncertain how this tradition came to be, but said the extra manpower allows a division of responsibilities that makes preparing for the fair a little bit easier.
“Liberty County handles the livestock, Toole County organizes the food booths, Pondera County takes care of the exhibits and Glacier County is responsible for the small animal displays,” Pettigrew said
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