BOZEMAN — Montana State University Extension invites community members from across Montana to attend local and county fairs this summer to see Montana 4-H program displays and events. Montana 4-H is the youth development program of MSU Extension, and for 4-H youth, the fair is a public opportunity to show what they have learned and to continue developing civil service and social skills while running events like concession stands, petting zoos or exhibits.
"Time spent in 4-H allows kids the opportunity to gain valuable life and work readiness skills, setting them up for a successful future," said Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development Director Teri Antilley.
Brett Schomer, Montana 4-H program and events coordinator, said 4-H learning happens all year long, and that the opportunity to complete a project and participate at the fair lets kids celebrate accomplishments and specialized learning, highlighting their efforts and the behind-the-scenes support of their families.
Community members are invited to fairs for 4-H exhibits and livestock sales and to learn more about the youth development program and how to participate through volunteering for events, leading a project and more.
The map above shows the dates for 4-H fairs scheduled in Montana this summer.
Those in our area include:
  • Teton County 4-H Fair in Choteau, June 27-29
  • Charging Home Stampede 4-H Fair in Browning, July 9-12
  • Liberty, Toole, Glacier, Pondera Counties - 4-County Marias Fair in Shelby, July 17-21
  • Hill County - Great Northern Fair in Havre, July 17-21
  • Cascade County - Montana State Fair in Great Falls, July 26-Aug 3
  • Chouteau County - Fort Benton Summer Celebration, Aug. 14-18
More information about local fairs is available on many county government and fairgrounds websites.
Montana 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth development program in the state, reaching nearly 20,000 youth in all 56 counties and seven reservations each year. Information about volunteering and supporting 4-H is available at

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