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Montana Winter Fair draws hundreds to Lewistown

Posted: Jan 27, 2018 9:46 PM Updated:

Hundreds of people visited Lewistown for the 73rd Annual Montana Winter Fair on Saturday where people could see everything from a trade show, which features arts and crafts, to Old McDonald’s Barn.

The barn had all types of animals like cows, longhorns, sheep, alpacas and even a camel.

Randy Morrow had a few four-legged friends at the fair and said the barn is a popular stop for all ages.

“It’s a good time for all the kids to come through and a lot of adults like to look and see the animals too," he said.

He and his wife, Rhonda, own seven acres. They say every single animal they have serves a purpose.

“We milk the goats. We freeze it, then when it's frozen, we use lye and we make our own soaps," he said. "Different kinds of smells of soaps. Then we take the alpaca fiber, when we shear them, we felt over the top of these goats' milk soaps and it makes a mildexfoliator."

Kaleb Morris owns three longhorns. He said the youngest one, at four-months-old, is just like another pet dog.

“I like that he’s really cuddly and stuff. He’s really nice, like he messes around and stuff and he runs around with the dogs.”

Overall, Rhonda said this is a good place for people to take in what farmers and ranchers see every day.

“Having animals as pets and as resources is fun. It’s enjoyable," she said. "Something to do besides going to work and coming home every day, we have an extra job.”

At the trade show people had the chance to watch some ranch sorting where they were able to get up close and personal to the horses and cattle.

They also could stop in and see the trade show, which offered a variety of arts and crafts.

There were items like wind chimes, hair accessories, and soaps.

Trade Show Superintendent Abby Majerus said Sunday will be a hot one.

"Come out tomorrow, we have a beach show tomorrow, it's down in the Pavilion. It'll be heated, so it'll be a great event to take in."

The last day of the event starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday starting with the youth beef show check-in.

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