By Shannon Johnson
Baker residents always look to the annual-fun-filled week that is the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo, which will make its appearance August 14–18 this year. The fair board has been hard at work finishing up the final details to ensure that the 2019 fair will be just as memorable as previous years.
The fun starts off for 4-H on Wednesday, August 14 with Horse Show/Horse Trail at 8 a.m. Llamas/Alpacas begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Cat Show at 2:15 p.m. and the Dog Show at 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, August 15 begins early for 4-H again with the Dairy Cattle Show at 8 a.m. followed by the Goat Show/Goat Trail at 9 a.m. After noon the Open Bum Lambs and Goats is set to begin at 12:15 p.m. with the Rabbit Show to follow at 1 p.m. and then the Poultry Show at 2 p.m. Thursday’s fun doesn’t end with 4-H though, the Knights of Valour, Medieval Jousting Athletes that will be in the Friday night show, will be doing a Meet and Greet with free admission that starts at 4 p.m. The Talent Show, a free admission event featuring the talents of local Fallon County residents, will begin at 7 p.m. Those interested in entering can call Audrey at 406-778-3299.
Friday morning will start with more 4-H fun, as the Swine Show starts at 9 a.m. The Sheep Show will be next, not beginning until 1 p.m. followed by the Beef Cattle at 3 p.m. The indoor silent auction will begin at 3 p.m. as well, with the Market Beef Show at 5 p.m.
The Friday night show will be an action-packed night that you won’t want to miss! Xtreme Bulls and Xtreme Jousting is set to begin at 7 p.m. The Knights of Valour are athletes that have dedicated their lives to this medieval sport, while Xtreme Bulls is a PRCA sanctioned bull ride. The Fallon County Fair will have these two sporting events combined into one adrenaline-fueled night to bring you a once in a lifetime kind of show!
On Saturday, August 17 the morning will begin with Round Robin Showmanship at 8:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. Baker residents will gather with their kiddos to collect candy from the parade as local businesses and organizations show their creative floats around the town. The excitement filled PCRA Rodeo – Military Day, will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Spiffy’s is sponsoring General Admission tickets for free admission! Wait until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday to pick yours up. The 4H/FFA Livestock Sale will begin at 4:30 p.m. This fun-filled Saturday will cap off the night with a performance by the Michigan-native country rock music legend Uncle Kracker beginning at 7 p.m.
Sunday is another full action-packed day beginning in the morning with Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m. day two of the PRCA Rodeo begins, this time being Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day. This year they are featuring something new as well: Women’s Breakaway Roping, so you won’t want to miss it! The Indoor Silent Auction will be ending at 3 p.m., so you will want to be around to get your final bids in. This busy week will come to an end with a favorite of many. The Demolition Derby is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Between all of the hustle and bustle that is fair week in Fallon County, don’t forget to check out all of the other things the 2019 Fallon County Fair will have to offer, including the shopping available at various vendors and exhibits, the carnival, and the many food vendors that Baker residents look forward to year-round! You can also stop by one of the free stages throughout the weekend. The entertainment will include the Mystic Circus, a musician by the name of Eric E, the Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, Pippi the Clown, and a patio band. We’ll see you at the Fallon County Fairgrounds for the 2019 Fallon County Fair & Rodeo, Baker!