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Butte County Fair will move to rodeo grounds for 2018

At least for this year, the Butte-Silver Bow County Fair is moving to the Butte Vigilante Rodeo and Saddle Club, south of the Bert Mooney Airport.

The Butte-Silver Bow County Fair is moving to the Butte Vigilante Rodeo and Saddle Club, south of the Bert Mooney Airport -- at least for this year.

The decision comes after club president Dan McGee said county commissioners agreed to sell the club two steel buildings for livestock purposes.

Those buildings were once used near the old Montana Pole Plant, which is currently a Superfund site, according to McGee.

McGee said he's been talking with commissioners and the fair board for months to make the move happen, especially since Don Harrington of the Butte Pepsi bottling company donated the land to the club before he died in 2013.

McGee said Harrington always hoped the rodeo grounds would be home to the fair.

"Silver-Bow County did not have any fairgrounds, and he wanted to have a facility that was made for the kids and the fair. Don was a big lover of rodeo and kids being involved in agriculture,” McGee said.

This also comes at a time where areas around the Butte Civic Center have plans to remove mining contaminants.

McGee said they plan to have the 2018 NRA rodeo at the fairgrounds during the same time as the fair.

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