NW Montana Fair: A Blue-Ribbon Experience

Country concert, rodeo action and Big Air Bash on tap Aug. 16-20

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The 2023 NW Montana Fair & Rodeo opens next Aug. 16 at the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell with a performance by country star Russell Dickerson and continues through Aug. 20 with three nights of PRCA Rodeo action and a Big Air Bash.

Rusty Wright straddles a bronc during the NW Montana Fair in Kalispell.
Rusty Wright straddles a bronc during the NW Montana Fair in Kalispell.

Dickerson is known as a high-energy, fun-loving singer/songwriter whose hits include Platinum chart toppers “Yours,” “Blue Tacoma,” “Every Little Thing,” “Love You Like I Used To,” and “She Likes It.” He recently released his third album through Triple Tiger Records, featuring 15 tracks that represent a fusion of different musical genres and eras that combine to produce a vibrant country sound.

After graduating from Nashville’s Belmont University, Dickerson hit the road with his self-written songs, often relying on his wife for not just inspiration, but photography, video production and more. As his car’s odometer racked up miles, Dickerson said it became tough figuring out “something country fans would like.”

“I told myself ‘I’m just gonna keep going,’” Dickerson said. “‘I’m gonna keep driving my run-down SUV all across America playing for 25 people and 250 bucks a night, until something happens.’” Eventually dismissing the idea he could figure out what fans wanted, Dickerson instead embraced what he liked, and 2015’s “Yours” was the result, followed by several more hit songs.

Dickerson will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Tickets range from $35-$55, and children age five and under will be admitted to the general seating area free of charge.

PRCA Rodeo & Big Air Bash

The Ram PRCA Rodeo runs Aug. 17-19 and will feature world-class athletes from Canada and across the United States aiming for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Events include bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Reserved seating tickets are $35, and general admission tickets for everyone over the age of 12 are $30. General admission tickets for children ages six to 12 are $15, and children age five and under will be admitted to the general admission area free of charge. On Aug. 17 only, seniors age 65 and older can purchase a general admission ticket on the fairgrounds for $15 for that evening’s rodeo

The fair culminates on Aug. 20 with the return of the popular Octane Addictions Big Air Bash, a motorcycle and snowmobile stunt show featuring riders who have competed and medaled in the X Games. Adult tickets are $20, children ages six to 12 are admitted for $10, and children ages five and under are seated free of charge in the general admission area.

NW Montana Fair highlights also include local talent, the Livestock Show and Sale, and offerings from more than 100 commercial exhibitors, in addition to 8,000 hand-crafted, created, personally raised or grown exhibits showcasing the interests, talents, and passions of regional residents. From quilts to mini-horses, flowers to rabbits, fair-growers are sure to experience blue-ribbon displays.

For more information about the NW Montana Fair & Rodeo or to purchase event tickets, visit www.nwmtfair.com or stop by the fair office during business hours.