Polson Fairground, Lake County Montana

Welcome Friends,

Polson Fairgrounds, Inc (PFI) was formed from a branch of the Polson Chamber of Commerce in 1984, when a group of volunteers devoted themselves to the preservation, maintaining and improving of the fairgrounds property.

Originally, a portion of the fairgrounds was donated to Lake County in 1938, with the designation as a "public rodeo grounds" by Hilbert Hanson, a local business man. The other portion was purchased by Lake County with the help of county commissioners. At that time it was a much larger parcel of land that extended all of the way to the old bridge. Over the years, small pieces have been sold but improvements have been made to the remaining area.

The improvements are much attributed to a man by the name of Les Baldwin. Baldwin was a rodeo enthusiast that wanted to build the needed facilities for a rodeo. In order to do this, he began gathering donations from local businesses around town and in 1939 a rodeo grounds began to take shape. With the help of many local citizens, a grandstand, corrals, bucking chutes, an arena, as well as, a race track were built. In 1940, the first "Polson Roundup" rodeo was held. At the time, the rodeo was on a RCA circuit that included Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Calgary Stampede and the Pendleton Roundup. Rodeo continued to be a large event for the area through the years with the devotion of Baldwin who passed in 1978.

By 1984 the grounds had began to deteriorate and due to the Ronan Fair site being the main focus for the county, no money was funded to the grounds for repair. This is when local citizens stepped in and Polson Fairgrounds, Inc (PFI) was formed. PFI leased the property from the county and began the needed work to repair the grounds. With the help of fundraising and volunteers, the property has been self-supporting ever since.

Polson Fairgrounds, Inc (PFI)
PO Box 1243 | 320 Regatta Road
Polson, Montana 59860
(406) 883-1100

Polson Fairgrounds Inc, Lake County Montana

Polson Fairgrounds Inc, Lake County Montana

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