Dates: August 14 – 18, 2019 (check schedule for pre-event information and times)
Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily except Sunday which operates from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The commercial building and outdoor booths open at 11 AM for viewing. Most barns and the exhibit buildings close at 9 pm. See below for Carnival operation times.
Admission: $8.00 Adults (13-65), $5.00 Seniors (65+), $5.00 Child (6-12) Free for children 5 and under.
Special Days and Discounts: Event tickets purchased and printed before arriving at the Fair is your gate admission! Saves up to $8.00! Simply show the gate attendant your pre-printed grandstand event ticket and you’re ready to Capture Montana’s Best!
Thursday, 8/15 is Seniors and Kids McDonald’s Day with free admission for guests 65+ and 12 or under all day! In the Senior Rest Area anyone 65+ can purchase a $10 general admission rodeo ticket for Thursday night’s rodeo.
We appreciate and recognize our current military personnel and veterans on Friday, 8/16. Show current or retired military ID at South, Meridian, or North gates between 2pm and 6pm and receive free admission along with a Friday general admission rodeo ticket and a $5 food voucher. Limited supplies until those tickets are gone. Thank you for your service.
Purchase $50 in Wrangler Western Wear at Murdoch’s or Western Outdoor before coming to the Fair and receive a voucher for a free general admission rodeo ticket, redeemable at the Fair Office.
Join us for NBC Montana Family Day, Sunday, August 18th. Special Family admission for 2 adults and 2 children of only $10! Brought to you by your friends at NBC Montana Broadcasting.
Advanced Sale Admission Tickets: Admission tickets may be purchased in advance for only $4. This saves you 50% or $4 off an adult ticket at the gate! They are available at all branches of Whitefish Credit Union through Friday, 8/17 only. Tickets will be available about 4 weeks before the annual Fair.
Grandstand Shows: 5 full nights of great entertainment to thrill all interests. Reserved seating and general admission tickets are available online at the Tickets and Grandstand page.
Reserved seating prices are as posted with no Senior or Child pricing available in this section. 2 years and under, sharing the parents seat in reserved section are free. Discounted seats for children 6 to 12 years old are offered only in the General Admission sections.
Print your ticket before coming to the Fair, show it at the Fairgrounds gate and that’s your admission – save up to $8!
Parking: $5 per vehicle, per entry (no return privileges). The Fair Parking lot is entered from W. Wyoming Street. Disabled parking is available at the Meridian Fair entrance and the North Parking lots for $5 per vehicle.
Carnival: Advance sale POP tickets will be on sale at all Whitefish Credit Union Branches, the Fair Office, and Michael’s Exxon on Hwy 2 West from July 23rd until 5 pm August 13th. Price is $25 in advance and is exchanged at the Carnival Ticket booth for the 1-day wristband. The POP ticket allows for unlimited rides any one day. Beginning August 14th, the POP wristband may be purchased at Carnival ticket booths inside the Fairgrounds for $35 each.
The carnival will open each day: Wed – 8/14 at 3 pm, Thur – 8/15 at 12 noon, Fri – 8/16 at 1 pm, Sat – 8/17 at 12 noon, Sun – 8/18 at 12 noon.
Entries: The entry process is open now! Pick up a Fairbook at the Fair Office and visit the Fairbook page for on-line entries, rules and classes of each department and more details. The entry deadline is Thursday, August 1st at 4:30 pm for all departments except Floriculture, Dahlia & Gladiolus (due the day before judging), and Ag/Horticulture (due Aug 8 at 4:30 pm).
Want to Participate? Check out the forms page for all your entry forms & information– Parade, Championship Relay Races, Power Wheels Derby, and even the Demolition Derby!
Didn’t answer your questions? Please let us know if we can help further with any of your questions. Call us at 406-758-5810 or stop by. We want your fair experience to be outstanding!