Fair numbers down, livestock cash up

| September 2, 2020 9:20 AM

Coronavirus concerns definitely had an impact on this year’s fair numbers, according to figures released by the county last week, but gross sales of livestock were at an all-time high as the auction was held online.

A total of 32,172 people attended events and viewed exhibits from Aug. 19-23.

Gate admission sales were 16.2% of the previous year and grandstand events never approached capacity thresholds.

The Toyota Grandstand concert on Wednesday featured Lee Brice who attracted 1,910 fans.

About 5,821 people attended the three performances of PRCA Rodeo Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. A total payout of $93,547 was awarded.

The 2020 Best Fair Food was awarded to Flathead

Marines for their BBQ Chicken plate. Second place was awarded to Glacier Shaved Ice and third place to Scandinavian Baking Company.

Over 4,800 exhibits were entered in the 4-H, FFA and open class competitions, lower than previous years. However, participation levels were higher in the 4-H and FFA livestock competitions. Gross sales at the online market livestock sale reached record levels with more than $640,000 in winning bids.

All proceeds from the sale go directly to the 4-H and FFA youth of the community who participated.