MSU Extension in Custer County Provides Leadership for New Livestock Pavilion
If you have visited the Fairgrounds in Miles City recently you may have noticed a major change brought about by the replacement of the nearly 100-year-old livestock barns with a new 20,000 square foot livestock pavilion. The pavilion is an open-walled structure which provides the most comfortable conditions for livestock during the summer. This project has been spearheaded by the Custer County Extension office, Custer County 4-H and the newly formed non-profit organization Friends of the Fairgrounds.
The project idea began in 2014 when rain during the fair caused flooding in the livestock barns, prompting the early removal of the livestock from the grounds during the fair. Custer County Extension Agents garnered the support of the 4-H Leaders Council and formed a building committee. Once the concept drawings were approved, the fundraising effort commenced in summer of 2015. The project received great financial support from individuals, 4-H, FFA, community clubs and businesses in the area along with a $117,500 grant from the Montana Tourism department to reach the $370,000 that was required to bring the building to completion. Notable activities in the fundraising effort included a challenge by the 4-H clubs to each raise $50 per member to donate to the pavilion. A brand board project raised over $50,000 by providing local ranchers the opportunity to have their brand permanently displayed in the building for $500 per brand.
The pavilion houses livestock during the Eastern Montana Fair, the Montana Ram Sale, Bucking Horse Sale and will serve as a covered venue for community events such as the Miles City Brew Fest.
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