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MontanaFair sets revenue and carnival records

MontanaFair sets revenue and carnival records

Great weather and strong night show entertainment led MontanaFair to record-breaking total revenue and carnival income, MetraPark officials said Wednesday.

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MontanaFair rodeo sets record attendance, payouts

MontanaFair rodeo sets record attendance, payouts

Rodeo at the recently ended MontanaFair set attendance and payout records, MetraPark officials said.

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Fair numbers looking good

MetraPark Manager Bill Dutcher was optimistic Saturday about the way things have gone at this year’s MontanaFair.

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Gazette opinion: MontanaFair offers 9 days of fun on a budget

Gazette opinion: MontanaFair offers 9 days of fun on a budget

Carnival, music, comedians, super cross, rodeo, a Habitat for Humanity house under construction and lemur races under the trees. There’s nothing else like the eclectic mix of spectacle and entertainment that is MontanaFair.

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New marketing director says his biggest job is to 'bring more events to MetraPark'

New marketing director says his biggest job is to 'bring more events to MetraPark'

MetraPark’s new marketing and sales director is Ray Massie, who is currently the general manager for KGHL radio.

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MontanaFair entertainment includes Train, Danielle Bradbery

MontanaFair entertainment includes Train, Danielle Bradbery

Country artists Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery will open the 2014 MontanaFair on Aug. 8.

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Laurel's Hill family is everywhere at Montana Open wrestling tourney

Laurel's Hill family is everywhere at Montana Open wrestling tourney

When the Hill family left Laurel on Saturday morning, it wasn’t any different than their normal weekends have been lately.

March 29, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Billings Market Association puts buyers and sellers together

Billings Market Association puts buyers and sellers together

Bigfork artist John Rose’s handcrafted copper Christmas ornaments, wall hangings and jewelry are big sellers in gift shops, galleries and museum stores throughout the West. But rather than hitting the road to sell to individual stores or paying sales reps to call on retailers, Rose rents a b…

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Gazette opinion: Missing Macklemore, Zac Brown and ZZ Top, too

Gazette opinion: Missing Macklemore, Zac Brown and ZZ Top, too

When ZZ Top plays the Bozeman field house on March 26, the Rimrock Auto Arena will be empty.

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MetraPark says goodbye to marketing director; begins new direction

MetraPark says goodbye to marketing director; begins new direction

MetraPark’s retired marketing and sales director, Sandra Hawke, greeted friends, colleagues and well-wishers during an informal open house on Thursday afternoon to celebrate her 25 years of service.

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'Well-connected, well-respected' Hawke to retire after 25 years with MetraPark

'Well-connected, well-respected' Hawke to retire after 25 years with MetraPark

In mid-November, Sandra Hawke did something she hadn't done in a quarter-century as MetraPark's marketing and sales director: she attended a show as a spectator.

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Gazette opinion: Early numbers encouraging at MontanaFair

Listen closely to the screams and shouts emanating from MetraPark this week. The sounds you hear aren’t originating solely from the death-defying amusement rides on the midway.

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MontanaFair gets off to hot start

MontanaFair gets off to hot start

MontanaFair’s first three days turned in some sizzling numbers for night shows and the carnival as the fair got off to a hot start.

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Gazette opinion: Fair details: Volunteers, local stars shine all week

Gazette opinion: Fair details: Volunteers, local stars shine all week

MontanaFair touts its concerts, carnival, supercross and rodeo — the big draws. But this year, MetraPark general manager Bill Dutcher is singing praises for the little fair details, too.

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Next Roundtable meeting May 2

The next Midland Roundtable meeting is Thursday, May 2, at noon at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

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Yellowstone County looking into paid parking at Metra

Yellowstone County looking into paid parking at Metra

There could be some relief to overcrowded parking at MetraPark by the end of summer. However, if Yellowstone County Commissioners approve the plan, those wishing for access will have to pay for the privilege.

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Commissioners OK MetraPark bids for 2015 wrestling, basketball tournaments

The Yellowstone County Commission on a split vote Tuesday approved bids for 2015 high school tournaments at MetraPark.

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MontanaFair officials mull parking charge to fund bigger, better night shows

MontanaFair officials mull parking charge to fund bigger, better night shows

The carnival rides and corn dog stands are long gone from the MetraPark fairgrounds, but MontanaFair 2012 remained on the minds of board and staff members last week as they brainstormed ways to improve the state’s largest event.

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Ups and Downs:

Ups and Downs:

High support. Around 85 people took turns rappelling 270 feet down First Interstate Bank Tower, Montana’s tallest building. But first, each of them raised at least $1,000 for Montana Special Olympics. Organizers expected to raise more than $100,000 from the event.

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MontanaFair sets revenue records for carnival, food sales

MontanaFair sets revenue records for carnival, food sales

MontanaFair wrapped up its nine-day run at MetraPark on Saturday with some big numbers.

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