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Dierks Bentley to headline fair’s entertainment A country music artist who has seven number one hits to his credit is the headline act at the Richland County Fair and Rodeo. Dierks Bentley will perform Saturday at the Richland County Fair. “The fair board and I are very excited to be able to bring Dierks Bentley to Richland County,” Jamie Larson, fair manager, said. “We feel he will do a great job and hope his performance will attract many from the community and other surrounding areas. We truly strive to bring top entertainment every year and feel this year is no different. I encourage everyone to get their tickets early.” Bentley’s number one hits include “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Come a Little Closer,” “Settle For a Slowdown,” “Every Mile a Memory,” “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire” and “Sideways.” His album, “Up on the Ridge,” was nominated for Album of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2010. He also was nominated for best male vocalist. In 2009, “Country Boy” earned Bentley the CMT Performance of the Year award.

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According to Bentley’s official biography, “Conventional wisdom says that in the music business, once you achieve a certain threshold of success, caution should be your guide. You’ve come this far, you’re told by Bentley everyone around you. Don’t surprise your audience too much. “But trepidation will not be part of Dierks Bentley’s legacy. At every turn in his career, he’s done his own thing, whether that meant touring with jam bands, playing rock venues or recording with bluegrass all-stars on platinum country albums. Now Dierks steps forward with his most artistically daring project yet “ the all-acoustic “Up On The Ridge” a powerful, beautiful album steeped in the bluegrass and roots music that moved Dierks Bentley to be a country musician in the first place. “His fifth album for historic Capitol Records, Up On The Ridge is a document of an artist who’s using some wellearned freedom to write in a fresh vein and cook up collaborations with the mu-

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sicians who fascinate and amaze him most in the world. It’s the way all albums should be made built on an idea and an artist-driven vision as opposed to formulaic packages of 11 songs with four radio singles." “Long before his seven chart-topping singles, headlining arena tours, prestigious industry awards or even his record deal, he was a Nashville novice on the brink of discouragement, looking for something musically nourishing and a reason to keep pushing toward a career. And then, providentially, he visited the world famous Station Inn. The humble cinder block building is the nerve center of Nashville’s unparalleled bluegrass scene, and when Dierks went there with a friend on Tuesday night in the late 90s and heard the Sidemen “ the Station Inn’s weekly house band “ playing hot and fast, it was a revelation. He’d heard only a little bluegrass before and halfway thought of it as “old folks’ music,” but that changed with a few quickened heartbeats. These players were his own age, and the music had both a heart and an edge. Perhaps most remarkably, it came with a big wide front door. When Dierks, a complete newcomer to the

scene, approached the musicians with questions and obvious fascination, they were more than willing to share insight into their music. “Dierks remembers the next few years as an inspiring and important time. “They invited me over to their houses for moonshine and picking parties and pot lucks,” he says. “And they knew more about country music and Nashville and acoustic music than anyone on Music Row. Without that whole bluegrass community taking me in and helping me find my foundation, I would have had no place to start from. “Throughout his career on Capitol, as Dierks built one of the most loyal, connected fan bases in modern day country music, the press recognized that he was pulling off something extraordinary. His music was grounded in tradition but with enough relatability to work on the radio. No Depression magazine, the bible of the Americana movement, praised him for being a bridge between the roots world and the commercial mainstream.” Jason Jones will be the special guest performing before Dierks. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


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The Bad Larrys will perform on Friday and Saturday at the Richland County Fair.

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The Bad Larrys offer musical talent A talented acoustical duo called the Bad Larrys, Flathead, will contribute to this year’s free acts at the fair. The Bad Larrys featuring Jay Aiken on acoustic guitar and Scott Moore on upright bass have been performing and crowd-pleasing together for more than 10 years. Their unique sound exhibits tight vocal harmonies with entertaining and off-beat storytelling; fun enough for the young and smart enough for the adult. The Bad Larrys play all styles of American music from folk, country, blues, old time rock and roll, and blue-

grass. They often perform covers of legendary artists like John Prine and Jonny Cash to Creedance Clearwater and Queen: adding their own special flare to each act. The Associated Press raves about the Bad Larrys, “The Bad Larrys are the sound of the Montana Fair.” “The Bad Larrys always draw the biggest crowd,” Terry Leonard, owner of Flathead Lake Brewing Co., complimented on the crew’s website. You can watch the group Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


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Jones to open up concert entertainment Saturday night BY ASHLEE ANVIK SIDNEY HERALD

It sounds like the participants at the Richland County Fair are in for a real treat this year at the grandstands. Setting the stage for the headliner, Dierks Bentley is Jason Jones, who quite honestly is going to bring some real crowdpleasers to the opening act. To quote a fan posting on his website, “you’ll be missin’ out if you miss this amazing man.” And for someone who prefers the likes of a not-so-country genre, this artist had me hooked. His new single “Ferris Wheel” is the quintessential anthem for the first kiss at the fair; cotton candy, the summer sun, corndogs and good friends. The whimsical body of lyrics and melodical swing of the beat are sure to have feet tapping and hips swaying. With roots in Florida, the singer, songwriter and guitarist has been compared to the likes of Keith Urban and John Mellencamp, although he invites his own irresistable theme of uplifting, flirtatious brilliance to his music. Like most successful chart toppers to-

day, Jones had a dream. While going to school on a scholarship at Florida State, he decided this pursuit of his passion wasn’t enjoying its part-time evening and weekend status, so he dropped out to move to Nashville and hasn’t looked back since. Now, he enjoys full-time status as a country rockstar, touring and partnering with Dierks Bentley. His forthcoming album is full of lyrics that stem from old memories. “There’s a song for every major thing that ever happened in my life, and that’s huge to me,” Jones commented on his website. His song “You’re My Favorite” is a common selection at weddings and the song “She Was” may find itself consoling anyone who has lost a loved one or bringing back memories of a current or past relationship. Many of his tracks capture that young love kind of feeling. Residents of Richland County will surely connect with the singer and his playful, uplifting sounds of summer and should be prepared to add a few more of Jones’ gems to their playlists before the show so they can be sure to sing along.

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Jason Jones is the opening act for Dierks Bentley on Saturday night.


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Experience community by entering in the Richland County Fair BY JUDY JOHNSON EXTENSION AGENT

Experience the true tradition of friends, family and community by entering in the open class division at the Richland County Fair and Rodeo. There really is something for everyone in your family to participate in from digital photography to flowers to grains to zucchini to cozy quilts to homemade beer and wine. Since fair time is quickly approaching, pre-registration forms must be filled out and delivered to the fair office by 9 p.m. Sunday (today). In most cases an individual enters as a professional, novice or in the appropriate age group. Categories vary depending on the departments but it ensures that you are competing with others in your skill level or age bracket. The main thing is to read the entry instructions in the fair book. It does an excellent job explaining how you need to enter an item to be judged. A few new things to take note of this year is the addition of digital scrapbooking on page 34, a revamped photogra-

‘Categories vary depending on the departments but it ensures that you are competing with others in your skill level or age bracket.’ Judy Johnson Extension agent phy section on page 35 and additional entry hours of 5-8 p.m. Tuesday for floriculture exhibits on page 16. Also, remember that all food preservation exhibits must consist of a two jar exhibit and contain a label that is provided for you on page 46 of the fair book. So, if you haven’t already, create a tradition with friends and family by entering in the Richland County Fair. It’s fun and makes the fair a much more personal experience. If you are in need of a fair premium book contact the fair office or the MSU Richland County Extension Office, 1499 N. Central Ave.


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Royal West Amusement provides thrills Royal West Amusement Inc. has been adding fun and excitement to events throughout Montana since 1960. The carnival adds value to an event by bringing everything from exhilarating rides and games for all family members to a variety of foods on the midway. The carnival brings almost everything needed to turn an empty fairground into an amusement park. Every year the rides are a little different. Rides are moved between two shows so the look is always fresh. One of the first things you notice about Royal West Amusement is that everything is clean and in good repair. In show business, looking good is good business; but in the carnival business, safety is good business, too. Rides are inspected not once, but twice every day, catching little things before they become big things. The new owners of Royal West Amusement are Todd and Becky Keenan. In June of 2008, the Keenans purchased Royal West from Reed Williams, and in January 2009, Reed and

Julie Williams announced their contracts with Todd and Becky Keenan to also purchase Inland Empire Shows Inc. The Keenans’ love and passion for the business is a strong part of their marriage and their way of life. Todd and Becky are two of the best at what they do and a new set of eyes on the future, ready for all you might hand them... and more! Who would have thought a chance meeting with Reed Williams 20 years ago about two carnival food wagons for sale by Williams would eventually become ownership of Royal West Amusements Inc., and Inland Empire Shows Inc.? Becky now manages all of the food and games with Royal. Royal West Amusement has a marketing team that works with national and local sponsors to offer a variety of promotional tie-ins at each venue. They were pioneers of the “pay one price” admission option and offer a true pay one price. New is an Internet coupon discount. Go to www.carnivalmidwayfun.com and check it out.

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Youngsters enjoy the roller coaster during last year’s fair.

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James Wedgwood to entertain in the old commercial building.

Ventriliquist to perform each day A unique one-man addition is coming to the fair this year in the form of a ventriliquist. James Wedgwood is a polished entertainer ensuring his audience is fully engaged at all times. His show is known as “The Most Fun You Can Have Without Moving Your Lips.” He uses comical ventriloquism, crazy animated characters and a funny plot to make memorable performances for his audience. Like a one-man variety show, Wedg-

wood makes virtually everything talk – from wooden “associates,” to purses, bottles and even audience members (yes, they just open their mouths and James provides the surprising words)! A game show, singing (without moving his lips!) and much more are all part of the fun. Wedgwood will perform Wednesday through Saturday at the fair’s stage two, which is located in the old commercial building.


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Fair schedule for Wednesday, Thursday Place, Exhibits, Displays, etc. Antique Tractor Show, Kid Fiddlers perform at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., comic ventriloquist James Wedgwood performs at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Pippi the Clown strolls the grounds from 3-7 p.m. 4 p.m. – Free root beer floats in sponsorship tent for Co-op Day. 5 p.m. – Judging: 4-H market beef 7:30 p.m. – PRCA Rodeo presented by Brookman Rodeo. Military Apprecia-

WEDNESDAY 6 a.m. – Agriculture building opens to accept floriculture exhibits. 8 a.m. – Judging: Agriculture, Horiculture and Floriculture exhibits. Deadline for all 4-H horse entries. 8:30 a.m. – Judging: 4-H horse class showmanship and Lots 1-44 in grandstand arena. 11 a.m. – Fair office opens. Event Center opens. All Day – The Market Place, Exhibits, Displays, etc. Antique Tractor Show, Royal West Amusements Carnival (starts at 3 p.m.) Kid Fiddlers perform at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 1 p.m. – Flag raising ceremony at the oval. 3-6 p.m. – All 4-H livestock exhibits entered. 4 p.m. – Judging: 4-H poultry. 6 p.m. – Judging: 4-H dogs, cats and rabbits. 7-8 p.m. Weighing: 4-H hogs, sheep and goats. 7:30 p.m. 4-H Horse Extravangza in Grandstand Arena. 10:30 p.m. Agriculture Building closes, Event Center closes.

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Pippi the Clown returns to entertain at county fair Fairgoers will be delighted again with Pippi the Clown. Originally from San Francisco, Calif., Pippi will be joining us this year from her new home in Red Lodge. Pippi is thrilled that this year looks to be her happiest yet with an ever expanding season of county and state fairs and festivals. She also plans to introduce her seasonal characters; Tricksy the Elf, Twinkle the Sprite, Flopsy the Rabbit, Lucky the Leprechaun and Pinky the Witch. Pippi will arrive cheerfully dressed in her clown suit, complete with her cart full of surprises; full of magic, either for the stage or for gathering a crowd on the grounds of the Richland County Fair. Brightly colored flags, parachutes, and balls provide non-competitive games for kids age 6 to 60. She is an accomplished balloon artist with her beautiful balloon hats and wild animal creations. Pippi also carries a fascinating face painting kit and creates exquisite jeweled designs for

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Fair schedule for Friday, Saturday FRIDAY WELLS FARGO DAY Gate sponsor: Continental Resources 8 a.m. – 4-H showmanship (Jr./Sr.) 11 a.m. – Fair office opens, Agriculture Building opens, Event Center opens, Overall 4H Grand Champion Showmanship Contest (Jr./Sr.) All Day – Royal West Amusements Carnival (starts at 1 p.m.), The Market Place, Exhibits, Displays, etc. Antique Tractor Show, Kid Fiddlers entertaining at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., comic ventriloquist James Wedgwood performing at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., Pippi the Clown strolling the grounds from 3-7 p.m. The Bad Larrys (genuine homegrown American music) at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 4 p.m. – Trophy and awards presentation (4-H arena). 4 p.m. – Free watermelon in sponsorship tent for Wells

Fargo Day 4:30 p.m. – 4-H livestock sale (4-H Arena) 7:30 p.m. – PRCA rodeo presented by Brookman Rodeo, LLC. Main Event sponsor is Ursa Resource Group. Sponsors: Action Auto-Ram Rodeo, Blue Rock-Miller Coors, M&C Beverage Inc., High Plains Veterinary Clinic, Seitz Insurance Agency, Transystems and Tri-County Implement. Barbecue grill sponsor: XTO Energy. Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night. Sponsors: Mitchell’s Oilfield Service, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and The Lucky Buckle. Beer garden entertainment after rodeo: DJ – Midnight Express 10:30 p.m. – Agriculture building closes, Event Center closes. 11 p.m. – Fair office closes.

SATURDAY Gate sponsor: M&C Beverage Inc. 8 a.m. – Judging: 4-H horses

and lots 45-54 at the saddle club. 11 a.m. – Fair office opens, Agriculture Building opens, Event Center opens. All Day – Royal West Amusement Carnival (starts at noon), The Market Place, Exhibits, Displays, etc., Antique Tractor Show, Kid Fiddlers perform at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., comic ventriloquist James Wedgwood entertains at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6 p.m., Pippi the Clown strolls the grounds from 3-7 p.m., the Bad Larrys, genuine homegrown American music, play at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. – Dierks Bentley with special guest Jason Jones concert. Beer garden entertainment after concert is The Life After Work Band. 9:30 p.m. – Event Center closes 10:30 p.m. – Agriculture building closes Midnight – Fair office closes


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Annual Horse Extravaganza scheduled for Wednesday night BY WAYNETTE MOLLOY SPECIAL TO THE HERALD

Once again there will be one night of entertainment that is FREE and well worth your time to look into. During the fair on Wednesday night everyone will have the rare opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and talented horses and riders in the Mondak region. I hope you take advantage of the free show. You will again have the chance to view draft teams, rare breeds, talented riding exhibitions and horses of every color and size.We always start out with a flag presentation. We are blessed to have so many talented youth in our area, and many are in 4-H and Rodeo. This year our flags will be presented by Megan Greenwood, Jade Brunsvold and Somer Reidle. Brunsvold has been busy with rodeo events and has been competing in queen competitions. Reidel had an unfortunate winter as she lost her best horse and friend, Red, but is coming back strong on her new horse. Both Reidel and Brunsvold are level six this year. Greenwood has healed up and is home from her first year in college and is joining us to perform again! We will be entertained by a drill team

from Plentywood with 12 members who are coming to perform for us. We are very thrilled to have them. Our home town drill team is taking the year off to recruit new members. If you are interested in joining call Peggy Ann Stroup at 488-1666. We hope to get the Curlys here this year as well as some Tennessee Walkers and Morgans.We hope to see Rauschendorfer’s Peruvian Passo and Halflinger Ranch Team as well as some Shires and Clydsdales. We are still working on some carting exhibitions and hopefully will have some mules represented this year. Greenwood will ride sidesaddle and doing a reining exhibition which she says is a surprise performance. We hope to have a queen exhibition and will have several duet performances. We were able to get Victoria Netzer to

perform another show stopper for us. She has been away at college and has placed in the top in the College Rodeo Finals. You know, these guys spend a lot of time and money hauling from far away to bring you beauty and talent. Don’t disappoint them by not coming to see them! As you can see, there is something for everyone! So on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Richland County Fair Rodeo arena come see this FREE show. Anyone who would like to perform or show their breed are welcome! Contact Waynette Molloy at 406-

488-5982 before Wednesday. For anyone interested, the 4-H Horse Show will also be at the fairgrounds on Wednesday beginning at 8 a.m. This will include more than 20 youth doing showmanship, riding patterns, trail, driving, English and Western, English jumping and greenhorse. Ranch horse, reining and speed events are on Saturday morning at the Sidney Saddle Club. So, if you have any interest in horses or are just looking for some fantastic entertainment that is free to boot, come on down and check us out!


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Jean Hagler works at the 4-H food booth during last year’s fair.

4-H food booth to feature new items The 4-H food booth is preparing for another great year at the fair. For many years old fashioned hamburgers and homemade pie have been the showcase product. This year we will continue with that great tradition along with a few new products. Patrons will still get chicken wraps

and sandwiches along with the all time favorite breakfast item, biscuits and gravy. The food booth will be opening daily at 7 a.m. from Thursday through Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday until 10 p.m. each day. If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal at a great price, stop by the 4-H food booth.


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Military Appreciation Day planned The Richland County Fair is asking family members of Sidney and the surrounding area to submit the name, rank and branch of service of their loved ones who previously served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. The Richland County Fair committee will ensure they are recognized over the PA system on Thursday. You can submit those you wish to be recognized

to the fair office at 433-2801 or email: jlarson@richland.org by Monday, and fair officials will ensure those persons are recognized. Again thank you for committed sacrifices to our community and nation. Military personnel (current and veterans) get in free at the gates on Thursday. It is also Military Appreciation Night at the rodeo Thursday, so make sure to attend.

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Thanks to the sponsorship of eight local cooperatives, fairgoers will again enjoy the return of the annual Co-op day scheduled for Thursday. The day features free root beer floats served by cooperative employees on the midway from 4-6 p.m. LYREA, along with Richland Federal Credit Union, CHS Inc.-Farmers Elevator, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Horizon Resources, Mid-Rivers Communications, Nortana Grain Co. and Richland Farm Mutual Insurance Company, have made plans to participate in the co-sponsored day. Co-op day began about 10 years ago as a way to thank the community they serve, inform area residents of their existence and

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BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD

Thanks to the sponsorship of eight local cooperatives, fairgoers will again enjoy the return of the annual Co-op day scheduled for Thursday. The day features free root beer floats served by cooperative employees on the midway from 4-6 p.m. LYREA, along with Richland Federal Credit Union, CHS Inc.-Farmers Elevator, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Horizon Resources, Mid-Rivers Communications, Nortana Grain Co. and Richland Farm Mutual Insurance Company, have made plans to participate in the co-sponsored day. Co-op day began about 10 years ago as a way to thank the community they serve, inform area residents of their existence and

participate in the Richland County Fair and Rodeo, the area’s biggest event of the year. A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democraticallycontrolled enterprise. The cooperative provides the service, and the members control the cooperative. reporter@sidneyherald.com

COOPERATIVES ARE BASED ON THE VALUES OF: • self-help • self-responsibility • democracy • equality • equity • solidarity In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of: • honesty • openness • social responsibility • caring for others

GUIDELINES The seven cooperative principles are guidelines by which cooperatives put their values into practice. These are: • voluntary and open membership • democratic member control • member economic participation

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• autonomy and independence • education of members • cooperation between cooperatives • concern for the community

COMMITTED TO COMMUNITY Cooperative businesses generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in income for their communities while also supporting local causes ranging from education to the environment. The big difference is the members are the owners of cooperatives. An underlying factor is cooperatives are not in it for profit. If you have questions, the board of directors is made up of neighbors and friends. Come join the cooperatives at the fair, 4 p.m. Thursday for free root beer floats. See you at the fair!

Ownership has its advantages.

Stage #2 ~ James Wedgewood 1:30-2 p.m. 3:30-4 p.m. 6-6:30 p.m.

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holding their annual sale on Friday starting at 4:30 p.m. at the 4-H Arena with award presentations starting at 4 pm. In addition, the cloverbuds (members between the ages of 6 -9) will be having a dress up contest and parade of their orphaned animals between the awards presentation and the sale. A buyer appreciation feed will take place after the sale for all buyers enjoy. It is a great time to socialize and catch-up on the past years activities.

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Remember to join fight against cancer by wearing pink Friday This year at the Richland County PRCA Rodeo, don’t expect to fit in with the crowd without the color pink in your get-up. As the county gears up to help the Montana Breast and Cervical Health program, The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign will be encouraging fairgoers to support the program with the color pink. Tough Enough to Wear Pink is a nationally recognized event that has

teamed up with PRCA and NPRA to promote awareness of breast cancer. Tough Enough to Wear Pink was organized by a breast cancer survivor and businesswoman Terry Wheatley to bring the sport of professional rodeo and the western community together to fight against breast cancer. The event was initiated in 2004 and has inspired rodeos in the United States and Canada to focus attention on a cure for breast cancer. The

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Pink is the color of choice at Friday night’s rodeo. campaign has raised more than $5 million for breast cancer charities, most of which stays in the local community. Wheatley realized from her own situation that early diagnosis and treatment was key to a survivorship. She consid-

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Wells Fargo to provide free watermelon Friday It’s back! Attendees of the Richland County Fair and Rodeo will once again be treated to free, fresh-cut watermelon courtesy of Wells Fargo. Employees return to serve the delicious fruit during Wells Fargo Day, which takes place Friday from 4-6 p.m., or until it lasts at their booth near the rodeo arena. “We invite fairgoers to enjoy a slice of fresh watermelon while taking in Friday’s fair activities,” noted Cami Skinner, ag and business banker. “Wells Fargo Bank is delighted to participate in this annual event.” Last year was the second year when Wells Fargo employees decided watermelon would go well with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink night during the rodeo’s action that evening. The day was such a hit in 2009 with fairgoers that employees decided they wanted to keep doing it. “Wells Fargo is excited to continue our sponsorship of the Richland County Fair

Cami Skinner, Wells Fargo, hands out a piece of watermelon. and Rodeo,” Skinner said. “We invite fairgoers to enjoy watermelon while supporting our area youth and enjoying one of Richland County’s greatest summer traditions.”

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was the point. That was how to make a statement. “This is the fourth anniversary of Tough Enough to Wear Pink at the Wrangler NFR. Nobody could have imagined that together we would raise millions of dollars for the cause,” Wheatley said. A breast cancer survivor herself, Wheatley is an entrepreneur, wife and mother to professional rodeo competitors. Rodeo tickets the week of the fair are $10. For each participant wearing pink, each sponsor will donate $1 to the Montana Breast and Cervical Health program. In 2008, which was the second event held in Richland County, $3,400 was raised and 1,150 were wearing pink. In 2009, the event raised $3,900 and about 1,300 people wore pink. Last year, there were 1,500 wearing pink and $4,500 was raised. “This event continues to grow each year in the community and of course it goes to a good cause. The sponsors have been very supportive since we started this event in 2007, and we hope to continue with it,” Jamie Larson, fair manager, said. “Friday has definitely been desig-

nated as Tough Enough To Wear Pink day and night at the fair. Dave and Cathy Weiferich of Brookman Rodeo are also very supportive when it comes to this event.” Sponsors for the event include: Mitchell’s Oilfield Service, The Lucky Buckle and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. The Lucky Buckle will sell pink apparel including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc. “It was really amazing the last couple of years to look up and see the rodeo just covered in pink...men, women, children; the place was covered,” Angie Thiessen-Idoate, Montana Breast and Cervical Health program director, said. This income-based/uninsured program is offered through grants which women get mammograms and cervical screenings they need, and it doesn’t take writing a novel to apply. “It’s a few questions where you mark an ‘X’, sign your name, and then we’re good to go,” Thiessen said. The program is now called “Montana Cancer Control & Screening Program” since it now involves both men and women. The festivities begin Friday at 7:30 p.m. If you plan to arrive, are you tough enough to wear pink?


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Brookman Rodeo Company provides stock for rodeos After 17 years of having the same stock contractor for the Richland County Fair and Rodeo, the board decided it was time for a change. For the third straight year, Brookman Rodeo Company, owned by Dave and Cathy Wieferich, Sidney, will serve as stock contractor. Brookman Rodeo Company’s current contract runs until 2014. “They work hard to make sure we have a good rodeo,” Jamie Larson, fair manager, said. Brookman Rodeo is currently the stock contractor for 10 PRCA rodeos. According to Brookman’s website, Brookman Rodeo was started by the late Marvin Brookman in the early 1950s. He put a herd of horses together while working with his father on the CBCs. He had two daughters, Reita and Cleita. His daughter Reita married Jim Reinhart and together they worked on the ranch and helped out with the rodeo business. Reita timed rodeos and was active in the business until the time of her death in May of 2007. Jim continues to reside at the ranch and helps behind the scenes for Brookman Rodeo. Reita’s daughter, Cathy, and husband, Dave

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Rollie Wilson competing at last year’s rodeo. Wieferich, took over the reins managing the rodeo company when Marvin suffered a stroke in July 2002. In July 2005, Marvin Brookman was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. He passed away in January 2006. Marvin raised 99 percent of his bucking horses from the sires Alimony, Bar Fly, Iron Sides, Double Deck, Medicine Man and Rough Water. He raised approximately 3040 colts per year and his breeding program continues on, producing great

buckers. Dave and Cathy continue with the quality of bloodlines, as well as the sound production and all other areas of rodeo to make it great family entertainment. “We’re very grateful about the opportunity,” Dave Wieferich said about the Richland County Fair and Rodeo. “We feel it will be good for the community and the rodeo.” The PRCA rodeo at the fair is Thursday and Friday. Thursday is Military Appreciation Day while Friday is Tough Enough To Wear Pink.

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New 4-H agent takes great pleasure in her job BY EMILY SCHAFF SIDNEY HERALD

Juli Snedigar, a native from Chinook, may be new to the area, but she’s got her sixth year of being an Extension agent under way. Starting back in March of this year, Snedigar started working with the 4-H program here in Richland County. Prior to working her, she was the Extension agent in Blaine County from 2004 until

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2009. She moved to Sidney in May 2009 with her husband, a native of Culbertson. When the job opened up, she decided to take the opprotunity. The typical 4-H season starts in October of each year, and with Snedigar coming into the program in March, it was somewhat hard to pick up where things were left off. “Now that I’ve had a few months under my belt it’ll be nice to start over in October.” Snedigar isn’t new to the 4-H program.

A 10-year, 4-H member, a collegiate 4-H member, a leader, and even a livestock judging coach; she has a broad knowledge of what it takes to be in 4-H, and uses that knowledge to help her be the Extension agent she is. Snedigar The thought of being an Extension agent, though, never really crossed Sniedigar’s mind. Her first pursit was in agriculture education. But when she went to Powell, Wyo., for school, she changed her mind and studied business and agriculture business instead. Snedigar’s first Extension agent opportunitycame up the day of her college graduation when she got news that she got the job she applied for through a phone call. Between the two 4-H programs Snedigar has worked with, she said there are some similarities, and there are some differences. “There’s about the same number of kids; same number of projects. I am very impressed with the parents and leaders, and the things that they do. It’s pretty neat.”

Though it may seem she’s an all around 4-Her at heart, Snedigar has a proud FFA background as well. With FFA plaques lining the wall in her office, the one she is most proud of is her proficiency award in beef. “I tried to balance it (4-H and FFA) out. What one didn’t have; the other did. If FFA wasn’t going to go to NILE (Northern International Livestock Exposition) for this, I’d go with 4-H.” Snedigar did run for an FFA state office her senior year, but didn’t get it. For her, it turned out to be a blessing. Because she didn’t receive the office, she went to Powell for schooling instead of going to Montana State University. “I don’t regret it at all,” she commented. Even though it wasn’t the first thing on her mind, Snedigar couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Being around the kids and having the fair coming up, it’s a part of what she does. It something she looks forward to every year. Snedigar invites everyone to come out during the fair and see all the attractions the Richland County Fair and Rodeo are putting on, as well as what the Richland County 4-H youth will provide there.


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Scenes from last year’s Richland County Fair

Double Vision entertained fairgoers on the grounds.

Hana Paladichuk, left, and Camille Clausen work the booth for Camille Clausen Photography in the Event Center. There will be 99 total vendors at this year’s fair.


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The 4-H Exhibit Building opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

4-H offers wide variety of exhibits The 4-H Exhibit Building this year will contain a variety of projects made by young 4-H members. Through 4-H, members have opportunities to take part in workshops ranging from arts and crafts to trap shooting to photography. There are going to be many new exhibits that you will have to stop in to see. Many of the indoor projects will lead in-

to lifetime interest. Many previous members can testify that 4-H projects have made a large impact in their life. The indoor exhibits will be on display from 5 p.m. Wednesday to the conclusion of the fair on Saturday. 4-H officials invite everyone to stop by the Exhibit Building and enjoy all the hard work that is put into these projects.


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A concert presented by the Foundation for Community Care was the first program held at the Richland County Fairground’s Event Center. After opening its doors last July, the Richland County Fairground’s Event Center has been a busy place with activities held ranging from a concert, weddings and a jobs fair. “We knew it would be busy, but I think it’s even busier than we anticipated to this point,” Jamie Larson, fair manager, said in January. At that time, Larson noted every weekend was already booked from April 30 until fair time. One of the year’s highlights was hosting MonDak Ag Days for the first time. “It’s a whole different atmosphere,” Larson said. “I’m surprised how many more vendors they have for the trade show. They even had to turn some people away.” Since the building’s grand opening in July 2010, the facility’s first major event came in the form of a well-attended concert presented by the Foundation for Community Care.

‘We knew it would be busy, but I think it’s even busier than we anticipated to this point.’ Jamie Larson Fair manager The center, which cost about $3.8 million to construct, was a huge hit during the actual fair last August. “One of the most common comments was it’s a very nice, cool place.” Vendors at the fair increased from 44 in the old commercial building to 70 in 2010. August and September featured weddings, the Lone Tree Gun Show and a new kids carnival. The Montana Tourism Advisory Conference was held in October. Other events have included a jobs fair, a Direct Sales showcase, MNA fights and even a few Christmas parties. “It can go anywhere from a trade show to a meeting to a wedding,” Larson said. editor@sidneyherald.com


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Local student keeps busy with 4-H, other activities BY EMILY SCHAFF SIDNEY HERALD

Katie Staffanson has always remembered being in 4-H since she was a little girl, going to meetings as young as 3 years old. Her family has had a huge part in the 4-H program, and when she was old enough to join, she did. “It’s a great leadership opprotunity,” Staffanson replied. There are so many projects available to the youth in the 4-H program, and Staffanson has a variety of projects she enjoys taking the time to do. Her newest project she is taking part in this year is candy making. Additional projects she takes part in are: cake decorating, cooking, quilting, her steer project, miscellaneous art, knitting, and her most favorite one is teen leadership. “I love (during camp) being a counselor,” Staffanson said. This year would’ve been her second year of being a counselor at the annual 4-H camp, but due to the rainy weather, the camp was canceled. The 10-year member also had the opportunity to attend 4-H Congress this

year, but having already gone for the past three years, Staffanson decided to go on her youth group trip this summer instead. In fact, Staffanson never does get a break. Throughout the summer and school year, Staffanson keeps busy with other activites. Being in volleyball, soccer, band, speech and drama, youth group, president of Key Club and co-president of Trading Cards, along with being in 4-H, keeps this high school senior very active in the community. With all of the activies she does, the community service within those programs is really what she loves to do. “I might be in BPA (Business Professionals of America) next year,” Staffanson also mentioned. Though it can sometimes be overwhelming, Staffanson enjoys being a member of all the extra-curricular activities she takes part in. Staffanson is thinking about going into nursing, but she isn’t quite certain yet. She does know that while she is in college she does want to remain active in the 4-H scene like her sister Cindy before her. “(4-H) is a really great organization, and everyone should join or make their

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Sidney High School senior Katie Staffanson working on a community service project with younger 4-H members childern go into it because it’s fun,” Staffanson said semi-jokingly. She admitted that at times, it can be stressful, especially with the record books, but it’s worth it overall. With fair coming up, Staffanson is ex-

cited to be displaying her fair projects, which includes showing her steer and working in the food booth. Even though at times it can get “crazy busy,” as Staffanson puts it, she enjoys doing what she does and takes pride in her work.


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Fair prices • Festival Concert Ticket: $40 • Adult Rodeo Ticket: $10 • Child Rodeo Ticket (6-12 years old): $3 • Admission Button: $8 • Gate Admission: $2 per day ( ages 5 and under are free for rodeo and gate admission)

Democratic Party at the Richland County Fair! Get your raffle tickets for Winning tickets for

4 chances at $50 worth of meat from M3 Meats, Sidney 1 chance for a basket of Made-In-Montana items

the meat will be drawn each and every night during the fair. Made-In-Montana basket will be drawn Saturday night!

2 per ticket or 6 for $10

Tickets available at the Democratic Party booth or from local Democrats.

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Check out the school exhibit building for the latest offerings from area students.

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Kid Fiddlers return to Richland County for fair BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD

In 2008, the Kid Fiddlers delighted Richland County fairgoers with their enthusiasm along with their singing, clogging and musical skills. This August, they are making a return trip to the fair and will perform each day of the Aug. 3-6 event. So how is this family group different now than they were three years ago? “The kids have grown up some. They’re taller,” Toni Jackson, mother and band leader, said. “They are much better at everything.” She then mentions singing, dancing and instrumentals. “Their stage presence has really come full circle.” Little Skyler, now 10, and Mickinzie, 16, have improved their performing skills by the greatest amount. In addition, unlike in 2008, Skyler has all her front teeth. But her mother says her youngest daughter recently lost her last eye teeth. “I’m sure she will tell you about it if you ask.” The current group consists of Toni who sings backup and plays the bass;

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The Kid Fiddlers will perform each day of the Richland County Fair. Tess, Grayden, Mickinzie and Skyler. While in 2008, they played more bluegrass type music, they perform more classical western music now including songs made famous by Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Patsy Cline.

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The quality of their clogging has changed as much as night to day. “When we were there in 2008, we just really had began to clog,” Jackson said. “They were green. Now they have clogged for several years. It’s really a high energy portion of

our show.” One thing that hasn’t changed is that the band, which travels in a van that pulls a trailer, loves being on the road

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and performing. “The kids love what they’re doing, and they love performing,” Toni said. She tells the story of Tess, who’s saying that the man she marries “has to love music because I’m not quitting the band. She would love to play music the rest of her life.” By the end of this year, they will have performed in 49 of the 50 states including many state fairs. A contract is being worked on for concerts at the 2012 Alaska State Fair to complete the 50-state list. The Las Vegas based band has entertained in Europe and will play in Ontario, Canada, this October.

“On the road, we love to meet people,” Jackson said. “There’s nothing like rubbing shoulders with really great people.” Since their time in Richland County three years ago, the group has released two more CDs. “We should have a new DVD out at that time that people can look forward to,” Jackson said. In addition, a small autobiography is also available. “People always want to know how the band began or how they do school in the band.” The Kid Fiddlers will perform at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the free stage each day of the fair. editor@sidneyherald.com

Kid Fiddlers, from left, Toni, Tessa and Skyler perform at the Richland County Fair in 2008.

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Military Appreciation at the Richland County Fair & Rodeo

Wed., Aug. 3

1 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Flag raising ceremony Emcee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent Simonis "The Maverick" National Anthem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alyson Cayko Reville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporal Donald Netzer, U.S. Marine Corps Raising American Flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bill Henderson and Jim Sundheim

Thurs., Aug. 4 Military Appreciation Night at the rodeo All Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wear red, white & blue to show your military appreciation. Throughout The Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The name and branch of current and former military personnel given to the fair office will be announced over the PA system.

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