Hotels are booked, bags are packed, and people from across the state are heading to Great Falls this weekend for the kick off of the Montana State Fair. Today, I took a look at what it takes to prep for Opening Day.
Vendors make their way to the Electric City every year to take part in the Montana State Fair. While the week long event brings in business and fun, these vendors have been prepping for quite some time.
Dan Dimich of Snow Drift Snow Cones:
"For Opening Day it takes about two and half to three weeks for set up and to get up here it takes a good two days to get everything set up in place to make sure all your power works and your ready for the rush and the fans to come out and have some fun."
While Dan Dimich is in his second year of the Fair, Patti Meader of I love Gyros of Montana is on year twenty-three. She's been prepping at the Fair Grounds for the past week and she's ready to see her regular customers.
Patti Meader of I love Gyros of Montana
"It's a privilege to be here and serve the people of Montana . We travel all over and when we can- we're Montanans and we love to serve Montanans."
Vendors lay prep for a few weeks, but the Expo Park staff has been laying the ground work for the past year to make this Fair bigger and better than previous years…
Kim Lander of Marketing & Sales Director
"We've been working harder than just a couple weeks. It takes us a whole year to plan the Montana State Fair and the Big Sky Rodeo Round-Up. But the last couple weeks it all starts coming together and everybody is getting in the same book and on the same page. So for the last week we've been 12-14 hour days."
All of the prep will be well worth it as Montanans enjoy the food, fun, and games through out the week.