I can remember the first time I went to the fair pretty clearly. I was 5, painfully shy and stuck on a swinging bridge in the middle of an obstacle course during a windstorm.

Somehow, that day only made me love the fair more. It was probably because I got to watch my mom battle her way to the top to collect me, her screaming child, unwilling to let a carnival employee help me to the ground.

From that day on whenever I hear the sentence, "The fair is coming to town," I immediately get a group of friends together and prepare to ride every ride alone.

Why do I ride alone you ask? Because most of my friends have gotten to the point where spinning in circles just isn't as fun as it used to be. The fact that we're all old enough to enjoy the beer garden is probably a factor in it as well.

After I've had my fill of fair rides, you better believe next comes my fill of fair food. With so much to choose from, it's safe to say I pretty much just order one of everything. The fair is only here once a year, right?

This year was a little different, though. I found out that the fair actually raises money for the groups selling the food. There are tons of non-profit organizations located throughout the fair grounds.

That's pretty awesome if you ask me. Now, not only did I get to enjoy funnel cake, nachos and a snowcone, I also got to help out some pretty sweet organizations, like the Sweet Adelines, Missoula Christian Softball and FFA.

So the next time you think twice about getting another Indian taco remember, it's for a good cause (and because they're just delicious).


Western Montana Fair
Photo by Brooke Johnston


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