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RAVALLI COUNT Y FAIRGROUNDS

Marcus Svee,Vivian Svee, Gretchen Iman Svee, Sue Anne Iman, JR Iman

A Century of Family Tradition Iman family connections with the traditional end of summer celebration go back 100 years making the Ravalli County Fair, truly, a “family afFair.”

By Jim Tracy

JR Iman remembers entering his 4-H heifer and fudge bars at his first Ravalli County Fair competition in 1959, but his recollections of his family’s involvement in the annual end-of-summer extravaganza go back much further. Iman has photos that show five generations of his family involved in county fairs in Nebraska and Montana going back to the 1890s. “The sixth generation, my grandchildren, aren’t quite old enough yet, but they already look forward to the

summers end celebration known as the Ravalli County Fair,” said Iman, a two-term county commissioner. For Iman, the fair is a traditional end of summer celebration in the Bitterroot Valley. “It’s one of my favorite times of the year,” he said. “The changing of the seasons along with school starting and Labor Day weekend create a natural break and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, meet friends, share stories and demonstrate skills.” Continued next page

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Summer/Fall 2014 River to Ridge - Bitterroot Valley & Salmon Vallery  

Read about the Ravalli County Fair, Darby, Montana Bronc Riding and Barrel Racing, Stevensville's Founders Day plus restaurants, shopping, j...