Help us create more opportunities for recreation and agricultural education by voting FOR our Fairgrounds on November 8
Since 1879, the Missoula County Fairgrounds have served our community by promoting agriculture, education, recreation, and community connection, but the demand on the facilities and the needs of our community have increased as Missoula County grows.
Glacier Ice Rink is scheduled to capacity and sees more than 110,000 visits during the year. Meanwhile, youth programs such as 4-H and FFA are thriving, but don’t have access to Fairgrounds facilities except when the rink closes during the summer to accommodate the Western Montana Fair. This shared space arrangement is no longer a realistic strategy and it is restricting the success of both programs.
The Missoula County Commissioners approved placing a $19 million bond on the November ballot for Fairgrounds improvements. The 20-year bond would allocate $8 million for a third sheet of ice, $8 million for a new livestock and equestrian center and $3 million for site work and green space. We will need to raise an additional $5-8 million to complete the new rink as well as make long-overdue improvements to the current facility.
The 20-year bond would increase property taxes for Missoula County homeowners by $7.44 per $100,000 of home value. Help us create more opportunities for recreation and agricultural education by voting for our Fairgrounds this November.