Premium Books are your guide to everything Fair related. You’ll likely find a book somewhere in your neighborhood, at a nearby grocery store, Missoula Public Library, or western supply store.
What’s a Premium? It’s the cash prize you can collect when the exhibit you’ve entered is awarded a top place in the judging process. Missoula County will set aside $10,000 in payouts for the winners of 4-H competitions and $14,000 for adults and youth who participate in Open Class in 2019. Premium money for winning entries varies by department, ranging from $5 to $500. Open Class premiums can be picked up Sunday of Fair, and the following week, in the Fair Office. New this year, the 4-H Council will organize distribution of 4-H premium money. 4-H participants and parents can now enjoy the final day of Fair together – no waiting in long lines at the premium bank!
There are 20 departments, 840 categories and more than 30 new contests to enter this year. While you’ll still find traditional apple pie and berry jam contests, there are plenty of new and updated competitions and larger premium payouts than in years past. With the theme of the Fair this year being Green Thumbs and Pie Crumbs, we are also offering “green” awards for outstanding, eco-conscious entries using sustainable methods and materials.