The rides at the Western Montana Fair started up Wednesday, but a day at the fair with the family doesn’t have to break the bank.
“Bring your own water, to start with!” That’s advice from annual fairgoer Jan Hitchcock.
Missoula Water plans to bring free water trucks to the fair starting Thursday, so bring a reusable water bottle.
You can bring your own lunch or dinner inside the gates to save dough on doughnuts and other fair food.
There’s free admission at the Stampede Stage, where there are contests, magic shows, concerts and more every day. The Made Fair Marketplace also offers free admission, but the goods will cost you.
The rides can add up. It’s too late to get presale prices this year, but keep it in mind for next year. You can save $10 off a one-day ride pass.
There’s more than just rides, though. The animals are free to see and pet. There are also free 4-H exhibits, arts and crafts activities, dock dogs and more.
Don’t forget there’s no admission to get inside the gates. For more on Western Montana Fair activities, click here.