‘Old-Fashioned Family Fun’ in Lincoln County

Eureka gears up for its biggest event of the summer

By Justin Franz

Nothing says summer in Montana like a county fair, and this week Lincoln County is getting ready for its own “old-fashioned family fun.”

The Lincoln County Fair is held every summer in Eureka and this year runs Aug. 24 – 28. The fair was first established in 1909 and, with the exception of a few years during World War II, has been celebrated ever since. This year’s theme is “Montana Treasures – Homemade and Homegrown.”

“We’ve been at it a long time,” said Fair Manager Lois Sciligo, who has been helping organize the event for four years.

This year’s fair features hundreds of exhibitors competing in various 4-H and agricultural competitions. Gardeners show off their season’s best, farmers bring their finest livestock, and all the locals come down to see who will earn a coveted blue ribbon. Other highlights include a family dance and the kids’ carnival (also known as “Kidsville”) that features games, bounce rides, giant slides and more. A balloon artist, face painter, and magician are also on hand.

One of the fair’s most unique events is the logger sports exhibition. Eyler Adams is a local logger who helps put on the event every year with the help of Flathead Valley Community College’s Logger Sports Team.

“Logging was a big thing here in Lincoln County, so I thought it would be a fun thing for the kids to see,” Adams said. “We brought it back last year and we had kids come over to try pulling the cross saw.”

Adams said when his children were young, the loggers sports competition was always a favorite at the fair.

“We just wanted to bring back some old-time logging.”

For more information about the Lincoln County Fair, visit www.lcfairmontana.com.

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