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Local nonprofits raise funds through fair food

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The fair is back in town!

Fair organizers opened doors Tuesday for the annual Western Montana Fair. This year's theme is Pioneering the future.

From fried cheese curds to tater pigs, the food is a staple at the fair. It's also providing a lot of help to the community. 

Fair organizers say more than 80% of food stand proceeds will help out nonprofits right here in Western Montana.

That's more than $500,000 split between nearly a dozen non-profits.

Non-profit workers say these proceeds will help them and the community.

"Basically we raise money to help do remodeling and fix up buildings and keep the grounds going and take care of collections, that all sorts of things,” said Jean Belangie-Nye, Friends of Fort Missoula.

John Rettenmyer, a Rocky Mountainaire, says they're a community choir. "We have classes, attend classes on better singing. And we also have scholarships for youth music camps,” he said.

The Friends of Fort Missoula recommended that people try out their famous Fried Cheese Curds.

"We have breaded pieces of cheddar cheese and everybody loves them," Belangie-Nye says. "We deep-fry them and then they put ranch dressing on them."

As for the Rocky Mountainaires, folks are lining up for their famous Tater Pigs, a regional specialty of a baked potato with a breakfast sausage inside.

The Western Montana Fair is free and open to the public.

Festivities will run through Sunday, Aug. 12.

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