Western Montana Fair Report

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For the first time in the 14 years fair manager Sam Yewusiak has been at the Western Montana Fair in Missoula, Montana, there was absolutely no rain during the six days and nights of the event.

The perfect weather is credited for the great increase in pari-mutuel handle, gate, carnival food concessions and all other aspects of the fair. It is estimated that attendance was over 100,000, an increase of over 10,000 from the 1990 fair, which was rained on every day and resulted in the closing of the race track for two days.

Among the records set was one for the Inland Empire/Royal West Amusements Carnival, owned by Reed Williams, for the biggest single gross day ever in the state of Montana. This was on Thursday, Kid's Day, which offers free admission to those up to 18 years of age until 6 p.m.

Other increases were found in horse racing, which had looked dismal early in the season for tracks around the state. However, due to promotion through personal contact at numerous area race tracks, the estimated 200 horses available was increased to over 350, which was adequate for providing full race cards for the six day race period.

Other successes and increases at the fair were in the antique engine displays and showings, which increased from 37 machines to 89 coming from three states, and from all points in Montana.

The professional horse shower's competition, which has been a regional competition for the past 10 years, included approximately 40 competitors from Montana and five surrounding states.

Commercial exhibits were to the capacity of 150 and open class exhibits which show some shift in various departments were approximately equal to 1990 with 15,000 entries.