Quack, cluck, cluck

Braden McNeil of Deer Lodge, Tyler Burden of Hall and Mason Pennell of Anaconda waited their turn to enter the arena to show their poultry projects at the 2018 Tri-County Fair in Deer Lodge

“Country Fun for Everyone” is the theme of the Tri-County Fair that opens Tuesday at the Deer Lodge fairgrounds with a full slate of activities for the entire family. On tap is a week of area youth exhibits and livestock, a carnival and many special events each day including nine boxing matches sponsored by Nxtgen Fight League of Butte at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The highlight for many will be when Deer Lodge’s own professional fighter Ariel Beck and Kate Sholy, of Missoula, face off. Tickets are $10 for general admission; children 10 and under are free. VIP tables available. Call Monty at 565-3744.

Five free bikes donated by Powell County Public Health will be given away during the fair. Tickets will be handed out each day for the daily drawing.

Tri-County Fair youth silent auction will offer up to 25 items. Youths 8-19 years old who receive a blue ribbon or higher on a completed exhibit — such as leatherwork, photography, woodworking, cross-stitched pillows, quilts and garments, but not food projects — may enter the exhibit in the silent auction for public participation.

Also new is Montana Advanced Laser Tag.

Fair dedication

This year’s fair is dedicated to Janet Hauptman, who has been involved with 4-H in Granite County for 28 years and counting as organization leader of the Golden Opportunity 4-H Club, president of the Granite County 4-H council, and the Tri-County Market Committee for many years.

4-H has been a part of Janet’s life since she was able to join a 4-H club while growing up on a ranch south of Miles City. After moving to Helmville to be a school teacher, she married Dave Hauptman, a lifelong 4-Her himself. They have three sons, Blake, Ben and Ross who were all 10-year 4-H members. Blake and Ben are still involved in the 4-H program as both are Extension Agents.

Janet is a longtime contributor and volunteer at the Tri-County Fair. She has been a ring steward during the horse show for years, and she and Dave have donated rosettes to the horse program to ensure deserving kids receive recognition for winning horse classes.

Lickety Print will be honored as Business of the Year for their strong support of 4-H and the Tri-County Fair. Co-founders Linda Spaulding and Terese “T” Hunt have published the fair premium list for the last few years. Spaulding is a second generation 4-Her and former leader.



Kids Fun Day — Free carnival rides from 1 to 8 p.m.

7:30 p.m. — Ranch Rodeo, local cowboys demonstrate everyday skills; $8 adults/$5 for 6-10 years.


5 p.m. — Avon Grange Steak Dinner, north end of exhibit building, $15; a fundraiser for fairgrounds improvement; make reservations at the hamburger stand – dinner limited to first 100.

7 p.m. — Nxtgen Fight League boxing matches in large arena; $10, children 10 and under


Noon — Chili Cook-off, north end of exhibit building

Noon — Michael Mezmer’s “TranceNosis”, a highly-acclaimed comedy, high energy, award-winning hypnosis show; will not embarrass audience participants; free in old show arena.

6 p.m. — Livestock Auction and Fair Dedication

7 p.m. — Michael Mezmer’s “TranceNosis” free in old show arena

8 p.m. — NRA Rodeo and Slack featuring Red Eye Rodeo stock; mutton bustin’ and calf scramble. Tickets Friday and Saturday $10 adult/$5 kids 6-10/free 5 and under.


9:30 a.m. — Children’s Pet Parade (old show arena)

11 a.m. — Parade and Running of the Broncs on Main Street

11 a.m. — 5 p.m. Craft Bazaar

Noon — Michael Mezmer’s “TranceNosis”; free

1 p.m. — Junior Horse Show in large arena

2 p.m. — Pioneer Power Tractor Pull; infield

5:30 p.m. — Michael Mezmer’s “TranceNosis”; free

7 p.m. — NRA Rodeo, Dedication of the 2019 Fair, mutton bustin’ and calf scramble

8 p.m. — Silent Auction ends

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10 a.m. — Michael Mezmer’s “TranceNosis”; free

2 p.m. — Michael Mezmer’s “TranceNosis”; free

6 p.m.— Demolition Derby; tickets $10 adult/$5 kids 6-12; free 5 and under



10 a.m. — Cat Judging; old show arena

1 p.m. — Dog Judging; old show arena

4 p.m. — Dog Agility Judging

6 p.m. — 4-H Runway Extravaganza


Livestock are entered throughout the day

1 p.m.— Poultry Show

5 p.m. — Coloring Contest entries due


8 a.m. — Judging of open class exhibits

8 a.m. — Horse showmanship and judging

10 a.m. — Hog Show

4 p.m. — Market Livestock Show – heifers, steers, goats, sheep


8 a.m. — Rabbit judging

10:30 a.m. — Breeding Goats and Sheep judging

1 p.m. — Dairy and Breeding Beef judging

6 p.m. — Livestock Auction


8 a.m. — Goat, Sheep and Hog Showmanship

Noon to 7 p.m. — Tri-County Fair Team Roping; small arena

12:30 p.m. — Dairy and Beef Showmanship followed by Sr. and Jr. Small Animal Round Robin Showmanship, then Sr. and Jr. Large Animal Round Robin Showmanship

1 p.m. — Junior Horse Show; large arena


8:30 a.m. — Rabbit Derby

11 a.m. — Awards Ceremony; old arena

2 p.m. — Release of livestock and exhibit building entries.

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