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Tickets can be purchased online through Vendini. Click the buttons above to purchase tickets online.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Fair Office - Monday thru Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Open Class Exhibit Entries can now be edited when you register online. Unlike the previous website, you can login again and edit your entries until they are finalized on August 22nd. After you've created a login and chosen the lots you want to participate in, you have the freedom to make as many changes as you like before August 22nd. If you are entering for multiple members of the same household, you can use one email and password combination for all entrants. After you have created your main account, sign up other household members using the same email and password. When you login, you can easily manage all entrants from one user interface.

This website is brand new for the 2018 Sanders County Fair. RiffTechPC has worked tirelessy to ensure all information is correct and up to date. If you find an error, please forgive us and let us know at rifftechpc@gmail.com

About the Fair

The Sanders County Fair began in 1911 with a community horse race. Participants included ladies and gentlemen from the town of Plains, as well as ladies and gentlemen from the reservation. In that day, settler ladies rode side saddle while their Native American counterparts rode astride! For a number of years horse racing and horsemanship were a major part of the fair.

As the years passed, rodeos, carnivals and dances were added to the options provided to visitors. The parade organized during fair weekend became a favorite, especially as participants included such things as new-fangled automobiles and old, reliable steer-driven wagons.

Currently, the fair is one of the seven largest fairs in the state of Montana and attracts visitors from throughout western Montana, northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Many of our part-time residents make sure they are present during fair time. In recent years attendance has been between 30,000 and 50,000 people (which doubles and triples the population of the whole county!). It is the only fair in western Montana that does not charge a gate fee.

Daily and weekly parking passes are available. Parking for camping and RVs is also available along the river front.

How to Participate in the 2018 Sanders County Fair

Exhibits for judging:
All Open Class Exhibit entries, including livestock and poultry & rabbits, must be pre-registered in order to enter the 2018 Sanders County Fair. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you fail to pre-register your entry, you will not be allowed to exhibit the entry. Open Class entries will be accepted starting July 2nd, 2018.

Arts, Crafts & Photography,
Home Sewing & Needlecraft

All exhibits are to be taken to each Division between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 27th, 2018.

Culinary Arts, Floriculture, and Horticulture
All exhibits are to be taken to each Division between the hours of 10:00a.m. and 8:00p.m. on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018.

Livestock, Poultry & Rabbits
All exhibits are to be entered between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018.

Exhibits may not be removed until after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018. Early removal of exhibits shall cause the forfeiture of any awards and/or premiums, and the entrant shall be barred from entering exhibits the following year.

Where applicable, enter exhibits in the correct category that applies to you. In the case of any complaint against an exhibitor, Fair Management reserves the right to call for affidavits to satisfy a challenge.

Each exhibitor can register only one entry per lot.

Entries are accepted for published lots only.

Entry Form 4-H Members

Open Class Horse Show:
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 9am in the horse arena

Entry Form Horse Show Rules

For more information contact Michelle McGuigan (406) 531-8121.

Demolition Derby: Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 at 7:00pm in the main arena.
This event is sponsored and produced by the Plains Lions Club.

Owners of cars to be driven in the demolition derby may call the fair office at (406) 826-3202 to have an entry form mailed or faxed to them. Or, download the entry form and then call the fair office to have a car number assigned.

Entry Form Demolition Derby Rules

PRCA Rodeo and Bull Riding Event are being produced by:

Powder River Rodeo Productions, L.L.C.
Hank or Lori Franzen
225 North Muddy Road
Riverton, Wyoming 82501
Phone (307) 856-1465
Fax (307) 856-1464
D&H Cattle
Dillion Page
1197 Ponderosa Road
Ardmore, OK 73401
(580) 504-4723


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Sanders County Fair
30 River Road West
Plains, MT 59859
Fair Office: (406) 826-3202
Fax: (406) 826-3674

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