Marias 4 County Fair - Toole Pondera Liberty and Glacier Counties

Fair Week Activities



Shelby FFA BBQ Competition


Barbeque Contest

Friday, July 23, 7 am - 6 pm

The Shelby FFA Chapter is sponsoring a barbeque contest at the Marias Fair this year!

Start time is listed as 7 am, but for good BBQ, some contestants may be turning on their cookers as early as 3 or 4 am! 

There will be a big tent set up just east of the old schoolhouse, near the entrance of the fairgrounds. Anyone can enter in this contest. Everyone is welcome. There are 3 categories and trophies for the winners of each: Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork and Baby Back Ribs. Contestants can compete in any one of the categories, or all three!

Judging will take place around 5-6 pm. The public is welcome to taste-test as well! The plan is to have wristbands available for $10, and you can go sample all of the delicious barbeque. 

We're excited to announce the Local Celebrity Judges for the event too! The Marias Fair Barbacoa judges will be local radio personality, Mark Daniels, Principal Kyle Fisher and his daughter, Zoey, and local vet-tech and cowgirl, Janine VanTine. The judges will decide the winners before the rodeo.

It's not too late to enter in this event! The tent will arrive Thursday afternoon and everyone is welcome to start setting up then. Questions – email or call 814-931-7758.

Get those smokers ready for Friday, July 23rd!




Photo credits: Andie Kuhr, Julie Huseby, Colleen Buck (Thank you all for the pictures!!)



Hours of Operation:

Thursday, July 22 4 pm - Midnight
Friday, July 23 4 pm - Midnight
Saturday, July 24 12 pm Noon - Midnight
Sunday, July 25 12 pm Noon - Midnight

Who's excited for the Marias Fair Carnival??!!

We know a lot of you are wondering what kind of rides will be here.  We won't know for certain until the carnival company arrives and sets up, but we have a very good indication that there will be awesome rides for ALL ages!!  These photos are from The Great Northern Fair in Havre MT just this past week!  THIS carnival is on it's way to Shelby as we speak!! 

We cannot guarantee that EACH of these rides will be here, but this is what we are told we can expect:

Berry Go Round, Elephant, Roller Coaster, Gondola Wheel, Kamikazi, Sizzler, Star Trooper, Carousel, Super Loop, Tornado, Gravitron, Big Slide, Mystery/Fun Houses, Ring of Fire, Raiders, Pirates Cove

One fair-goer from Havre gave this report: "The carnival was good. Lots of variety for real little kids, bigger kids, and a few rides that adults would enjoy!"

You can buy Advance Sale Discount Tickets from participating local businesses through Tuesday, and at the Marias Fair Office until 2 pm, Thursday.





Kids Inflatable Fun Zone

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, July 22 12 pm - 8 pm
Friday, July 23 12 pm - 8 pm
Saturday, July 24 12 pm - 8 pm

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

There is loads of fun for kids of all ages:

56' 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.

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

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



Pony Rides at Marias Fair


Pony Rides

Saturday, July 24, 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, July 24. We encourage kids to wear closed-toe shoes. Other than that, be ready to ride!



Boot Race for kids at the rodeo


Kids Boot Race

Friday & Saturday Evenings, during the PRCA Rodeo

Calling all parents who have young kids with LOTS of energy to burn and need something fun to do at the RODEO!!

We're going to have a BOOT RACE!! BOTH Nights!!

The announcer will call kids from the grandstands during intermission. Everybody throws their boots in a pile on one end of the arena, then lines up at the other end. When the whistle sounds, it's time to run and find your boots in the pile, put them on, then race back to the finish line! Kids ages 4 to 10 can participate. We'll have a couple different races, to break up the age groups. Fun fun!



Marias Fair Parade


Marias Fair Parades


Pet & Doll Parade (Kids)

Thursday July 22 @ 11:00 am
Mainstreet, Shelby
Ice Cream to follow


Marias Fair Parade

Saturday, July 24 @ 11:00 am
2021 Theme: "Toole Time - Built to Last!"
All floats are welcome to park at the fairgrounds for the day!

Registration & Questions:
Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce


Marias Fair Parade