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Gallatin County Fairgrounds prepares for large crowd

By Eric Turcio, Reporter, eturcio@ktvm.com
Published On: Jul 15 2013 06:45:12 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2013 08:53:36 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The Gallatin County Fair begins Wednesday and crews on-site told NBC Montana they are slightly behind schedule.

Sue Shockley is the manager of the Gallatin County Fairgrounds and says she is confident workers will get the fair ready to go for opening day.  Shockley told us after 30 years managing the fairgrounds, she says people put off other family events to attend.

"People look forward to it. They plan vacations around it. It's a really super fun family event," said Shockley.

Trucks were rolling in, unloading their equipment Monday. Officials tell us workers showed up at 4 a.m. to set up.

"It takes about 24 hours to get everything up and running, to get everything going -- probably longer than that," said Shockley.

Rod Sullivan is part of the operations team at the fairgrounds and told us finding hay was difficult.

"We ran into problems with delivery time. We needed some hay. Hay is very hard to get in the valley. It's very expensive -- so we didn't get it until today," said Sullivan.

Gallatin Fair officials tell NBC Montana over 50,000 people are expected to attend Wednesday's event. They say trash is a major concern.

"Use the garbage cans. It makes our job a lot easier than having to pick up the grounds," said Shockley.

Shockley says parking will be tight and suggests folks to ride their bikes or carpool.