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MontanaFair a "wonderful experience" even with COVID guidelines

Posted at 11:07 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 15:20:52-04

MontanaFair ended Saturday and even with much lower attendance, the 17-day run has been called a success.

The Mighty Thomas Carnival broke down the equipment on the fairgrounds on Sunday and is headed to its next destinations, which includes Miles City.

Unofficially, MontanaFair and Sneak A Peak brought in about 18,000 compared with about 220,000 last year, according to MetraPark General Manager Bill Dutcher.

Dutcher says everyone followed the COVID-19 guidelines.

"As I talk to you every year, I'm happy to say, from the time we said we were going to try to have a fair and work so hard to do it with many entities to make it work, I'm happy to tell you it was a wonderful, wonderful experience," Dutcher said. "(Yellowstone County Commissioner) Denis Pitman said, 'good or bad, there's people watching you.' So you know what, you want to put your best foot forward to make it work and I feel that the mission that we were on met that goal."

Dutcher expects to have some attendance, revenue and expense numbers later in the week.