Carnival Owner a Big Fan of Agriculture


One of the region’s largest fairs is underway in Billings, MT. Montana Fair runs thru August 20th at MetraPark.

Like other fairs across the nation, Montana Fair is home to 4-H and FFA exhibits each year not to mention other farming and ranching displays.

Along with the traditional exhibits, food booths and entertainment, a fair like Montana Fair just wouldn’t be the same without the carnival on the midway.

Tom Adkins and his family run the Mighty Thomas Carnival, a family run business that plays at several fairs in Montana each year.

During a speical “live” Montana this Morning television broadcast, he gave Russell Nemetz and KTVQ’s Nikki Laurenzo a glimpse of what its like to own one of the nation’s best carnivals and play venues like Montana Fair.

This week Russell Nemetz spoke with Bob Dunker, the Montana Fair Board’s Ag Committee Chairman about Agriculture’s role and history at this fair and others.

Youth involved with 4-H and FFA and showing livestock as been part of fairs for generations.

These 4-H’ers tell Russell Nemetz and KTVQ’s Ed McIntosh what they like about 4-H and Montana Fair.


Dustin and Ryan Huntington are also active in 4-H and have been showing sheep at Montana Fair for many years. During a recent interview, they gave a “live” demonstration of what it’s like to compete in the sheep showmanship.

The 4-H and FFA livestock competition culminates on Saturday, August 20th with the Junior Livestock Sale at the Expo Center. Buyers lunch starts at 11:30 with the sale at 1 PM.

Be sure to tune into AM 790 KGHL, as Taylor Brown, John Walton, Kelsi Gambill and Russell Nemetz join KGHL Morning Host Nick Tyler from Montana Fair and broadcast for 3 hours from the Junior Livestock Sale starting at 10 AM.

For additional details about the 2011 Montana Fair, visit

Source: Northern Ag Network

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