Who’s ready for the fair?

The Western Montana Fair returns to Missoula next week, and at 9 and 11 years old, my kids have high hopes that this year they will be big enough to ride all the rides. They’re already plotting a plan to spend an entire day at the fair riding all the rides, seeing all the exhibits and of course, eating all the food.

This morning I got an email concerning one food vendor in particular. I’m copying it below in its entirety so you too can include it in your fair planning:


Continuing a tradition started in 2012, A Carousel for Missoula will be a food vendor at the Western Montana Fair.  From August 9-14, volunteers from the Carousel will join with staff from Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream to sell Baskin-Robbins ice cream scoops, milkshakes, Cappuccino Blasts, Root Beer Floats, Iced Lattes, Homemade Waffle Cones, Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, and more.  The location of the new Baskin-Robbins trailer will be on the East end of the food concession midway.

A Carousel for Missoula and Missoula’s locally-owned Baskin-Robbins have been partners since before the Carousel’s inception in 1995, through birthday parties, donations, and sponsorships.  As always, Baskin-Robbins will donate a percentage of their sales at the Western Montana Fair to A Carousel for Missoula, in addition to their 17% contribution to the Western Montana Fair.

A Carousel for Missoula invites all carousel supporters and ice cream lovers to stop by the Carousel’s ice cream trailer at this year’s fair; Support a Carousel for Missoula by buying some of the world’s greatest ice cream!


Built to provide the community of Missoula a new option for good, old-fashioned fun, the Carousel continues to entertain children (and adults) in Missoula with rides on the beautifully-crafted horses, as well as with family-friendly events.  Whether helping children celebrate their special day or seeing families come together for a little playtime, A Carousel for Missoula is happy to be a strong part of Missoula’s rich history.


Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts (and brothers-in-law) whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,200 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats.  In Missoula, Baskin-Robbins has been owned by Big Sky High School and University of Montana graduate Matt Loomis, along with David and Beverly Loomis, since 2001.  Each year, thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours are given back to Missoula nonprofits.

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Back to school? Not yet. Back to the fair!

The other day, while we were in the store, I spied a “Back to School Sale” sign and pointed it out to the kids. Even though they both love school, they cried “NOOOOO!” in unison.

Yes, we are already counting down the days until August 27, when school will begin again, and trying to squeeze in as much camping, BBQing, swimming, and playing at the park time as possible. Sure, we can do all these things after school starts – but it’s just not the same.

This summer is just flying by, far too fast, and there’s still so much my family wants to do.

The Western Montana Fair is always on our must-do summer list, and this year promises to be extra special because it’s the fair’s 100th anniversary. It starts Tuesday, August 5 and ends on August 10.

What sort of things do you consider essential summer fun? Gotten around to doing them yet? Time’s a-wasting!

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Hellgate Elementary holiday craft fair to help needy families

With Halloween just a few days away, let’s turn our attention to Christmas.

No, for real.

The kind folks with the Hellgate Elementary PTA sent me a note about their upcoming craft fair and asked if Missoula Mom could help spread the word that they are accepting registrations for craft vendors.

The craft fair will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, so there’s still plenty of time for vendors to get ready – but they shouldn’t wait to turn in their registrations. It costs $30 per 8-foot by 8-foot booth, tables are $8 each, and each vendor will be required to offer up one $10 item for raffle.

The raffle items will be collected into baskets to help raise money for needy Hellgate families, to help them make ends meet over the holidays.

The fair will open in Hellgate’s Middle School Gym and Commons Area (Building 3) at 2385 Flynn Lane in Missoula. The sale will start at 9 a.m. and continue through 3 p.m., so vendors should expect to start setting up at 8 a.m. and stay for the duration.

Vendor registration forms are available by contacting Theresa Tanner at theresa.tanner@gmail.com or 406-529-8579.

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Women’s Fair will offer plenty to interest parents

Hey, moms are women too – and the fourth annual Women’s Fair in Missoula promises to provide plenty of interest and fun for both.

This year’s fair – it’s happening tomorrow, people! – will also help raise awareness of some very important local nonprofits: Missoula Aging Services, The Girls Way, Dan Fox Foster Care and Adoption Programs, and Ronald McDonald House. Note that f three of the four organizations listed above directly help kids and their families.

Here are the details:

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Women, women everywhere

March is Women’s History Month, March 8 is International Women’s Day and tomorrow, March 6, is the day of Missoula’s third annual Women’s Fair.

The free event is open to all ages and offers a variety of exhibitions, booths, activities and other entertainment “covering every aspect of a woman’s life,” according to the Web site. Oh, and did I mention the bachelor bid?

There’s also a “Baby Sitter Speed Dating” thing happening, which sounds like it works just like other speed dating operations only it’s aimed at matching parents with potential babysitters.

Check out the Web site for more info, or better yet, just show up at the University of Montana Ballroom on the third floor of the University Center between the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and see for yourself.

– MM

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