Marias 4 County Fair - Toole Pondera Liberty and Glacier Counties

Fair Week Activities 2023



Shelby FFA BBQ Competition

Barbeque Contest

Friday, July 21, 2023


$50 Entry Fee (Covers one or all classes)

4-H and FFA Member Teams can compete for FREE!!

Smoking Classes:

- Baby Back Ribs
- Beef Brisket
- Pulled Pork
- Open Class
- Armadillo Eggs

Cooking starts at 12:01 am, under the Stockman Bank tent. Celebrity Judging will begin at 4 pm.

$10 wristband for sampling and the People's Choice voting will be available to the public.

Proceeds will go to the Shelby FFA Chapter.

Print the 2023 Barbacoa Event Flyer & Rules

Contact Thad White at 814-931-7758 or to enter. Walk-ups will also be accepted.

Sponsored by the Shelby FFA Chapter and other local donors.




Kids Inflatable Fun Zone

All-day play wristbands will be available for $5.00. Half of the money earned will go to the Shelby FFA Chapter, for helping with the inflatables all three days. Thank you Shelby FFA!

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, July 20 12 pm - 8 pm
Friday, July 21 12 pm - 8 pm
Saturday, July 22 12 pm - 8 pm

Kids Inflatable Fun Zone

Splat Inflatables will be joining us again for some bounce house, obstacle course, and water wars action!

There is loads of fun for kids of all ages:

Obstacle Course
Two people can race side-by-side through this obstacle course, complete with a slide down the back!

Bungee Run
With one on each side, runners will get harnessed to a bungee cord and given a Velcro patch, then run as far as they can to stick the patch before the bungee pulls them back to the start!

Carousel Bounce House
Perfect for younger kids. And with the netting all around you can easily keep an eye on the them.

Dry Slide
Just what it says. Who doesn't love a good slide?!

Water Wars
Kids of all ages will love targeting their friends with slingshots that propel wet sponges in this arena!



Pony Rides at Marias Fair


Pony Rides

Saturday, July 22, Noon - 1 pm @ Horse Arena

The Marias Fair 4-H Horse Committee is planning to offer Pony Rides!

Do you have a little one who, while at the fair, walks by the horse barn in hopes he/she can pet one of the horses? Well, if this just described you and your littles, there's a few people that have noticed you in years past.

The 4-H Horse Committee has a special event planned once again this year. They will be offering pony rides to any youngster who would like to ride.

Show up to the horse arena at 12:00 noon on Saturday. We encourage kids to wear closed-toe shoes. Other than that, be ready to ride!



Marias Fair Parade


Marias Fair Parades

Pet & Doll Parade (Kids)

Thursday July 20 @ 11:00 am
Mainstreet, Shelby
Ice Cream to follow

Marias Fair Parade

Saturday, July 22 @ 11:00 am
2022 Theme: RING THE BELL

More information on 2023 Parade


Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce



Cowboy Church

Cowboy Church

Sunday, July 23 @ 9:00 am

There will be a cowboy church held on the last day of the Marias Fair. Chairs will be setup under the Stockman Bank tent. (Thank you Shelby FFA for the use of your Barbacoa tent.)

Pastor Chad Scarborough of First Baptist Church in Shelby will be officiating and local talent, Wylie Gustafson, will be there to play music.

There will be a free will offering that will go towards Turkey Bucks in Shelby.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Get Involved!


Do you want to host an activity during Fair week? Maybe something fun for the kids to do?? Let's get those imaginations going, and activities planned! Let us know if you have some ideas or plans in the works. We can surely get it added to the lineup of activities and help promote!