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HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Several Montana nonprofit groups that have become staples at the Ravalli County Fair will be absent this year after changes in accounting and insurance procedures.      The Ravalli Republic reports the Bitterroot Shriners and the Victor Future Farmers of America are two of the groups skipping out.      The changes include requiring vendors to take debit and credit cards, and account for their sales electronically. Another new r...

The Big Sky Country State Fair is off to a strong start so far. The fair manager—Lori Cox—says activity in the carnival area is up 22 percent compared to this time last year. There is also an increase in the number of people attending the fair, up ten percent from last year. The fair, which was originally called the Gallatin County Fair, went through a name change in order to draw in more people. Cox says “Big Sky Country” is a true representation of what Mont...

It is the fifth day of the Gallatin county fair and it’s expected to only get busier this weekend.Each day is a little different and organizers hope people don't come just one day during this week long event.