Indoor activities attract Montana State Fair attendees

BIG FALLS – Day two of the 2022 Montana State Fair has been busy. Many people went to the rides as well as various games and activities. On Saturday, many people headed inside to enjoy the festivities.

Some indoor activities included art exhibits, animal interactions, discussions with vendors and 4-H groups, and various competitions. One included a section on robotics where attendees had the chance to learn more about building robots.

Carsten Brooks, a student from Simms High School, said: “We come to the fair almost every year. The idea behind it is that we want to reach people and show what we are in a way, build robots, repair real-world solutions and get interested in the tech/stem field.”

Another attraction at the fair was the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Bread Contest in conjunction with the Montana State University Extension.

The competition consisted of three judges from the committee who judged the bread made by those who entered the competition. There were six winners in the competition. The winners of the competition were:

  • Overall Champion: Elizabeth Erin Doyan – Cinnamon Whole Wheat
  • Senior 1st place: Judy Glover – Whole Wheat Marmalade
  • Adult 1st place: Maleena Schliep – Christmas Morning Monkey Bread
  • Adult 2nd place: Stacy Reiman – Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake
  • Youth 1st place: Elizabeth Doyan – Garlic with rosemary
  • Young 2nd place: Emilia Doyan – Garlic and cheese undo bread

Overall Champion Elizabeth Erin Doyan spoke about her win. She said: “I really love the fair, and I love baking bread, and it’s become a family tradition to take part in this competition, and there were so many great participants this year, and they tasted incredible, and I’m really happy to be here again and to have the honor of winning.

Other contests held by the Montana Wheat and Barley Board will be:
July 31 – King Arthur Bread Baking Contest
August 3 – CNH Sugar Contest – Cheesecake
August 5 – Guittard Chocolate Contest

Here are the scheduled concerts:

  • The Beach Boys on Sunday July 31
  • Stove on Monday, August 1
  • Cheap Trick on Wednesday August 3
  • Chase Rice on Friday, August 5
  • Dwight Yoakum on Saturday, August 6

Among the highlights of the carnival this year:

  • The Beach Party: A fun-filled, two-tiered entertainment house makes its first appearance at State Fair this year. It features vivid yellow and blue landscapes, wacky obstacles, and a spinning barrel that evokes the rushing waters of an incoming tidal wave.
  • The Star Tower: a gentle yet thrilling 90-foot swing, with several hundred color-changing LEDs combining to create mesmerizing, ever-changing light displays that overlook the fairgrounds. This attraction accepts bracelets and regular carnival tickets.
  • Black Out: Extreme riding genre – twelve passengers are secured in gondolas that spin and turn as the center arm launches them up, up – and more! The ride swings to a high point of 80 feet in the air and makes a full circle as it descends the other way.

Competitive exhibits at the fair include Creative Arts; Culinary; Fine Arts; quilting; Photography; and wool weaving.

Other features this year include:

  • Comedy game show
  • “Ameri-grass” energetic music
  • Hypnotist and Mind Illusionist Shows
  • walking juggler
  • traveling magician

Carnival bracelets in presale

  • $25 each to ride from noon to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Purchase at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Arena box office. On sale until July 29 at
    6 p.m. (Montana State Fair opens at NOON that day)

Fair Gate Admission Cost

  • Adults: 18 to 59 years old – $8
  • Children: 5 and under are free
  • Lunch special: $5 (available Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
  • Seniors: 60 and over – $5
  • Youth: 6 to 17 years old – $5

Click here visit the show’s website for more information and ticket sales.


Sara H. Byrd