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After a wet spring, grasses have dried out and fires will now start and spread quickly. Fire danger is now very high in the Lolo National Forest and Missoula County. (Kathleen Woodford/Mineral Independent).

Wednesday, Aug. 1

5-7 p.m.

Entries Taken for Exhibits in the 4-H Building

Thursday, Aug. 2

7-11 a.m. Methodist Men Pancake Breakfast – Fairgrounds

7-9 a.m. 4-H and open class entries taken

9 a.m. Judging in 4-H building (building closed until done)

10 a.m.

Horse and Poultry Judging

11 a.m.

Cat Show

12-2:30 p.m.

PJ Destiny

1-2 p.m.

Dog Show in the arena

2-4 p.m.

Livestock entries accepted

3:30-6 p.m.

Music on the Green

6-7 p.m.

Bingo

7-9 p.m.

Family night chicken scramble, calf scramble, Open Jackpot Barrels

8-12 p.m.

Nightliners

Friday Aug. 3

7-11 a.m. Methodist Men Pancake Breakfast – Fairgrounds

7-8 a.m. Livestock entries accepted 9-11 a.m. Floriculture entries taken in the High School

9 a.m. 4-H livestock judging

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cabin Fever Quilt Guild Show H.S. Multipurpose Room

11 a.m.-noon Bingo

Noon-2:30 p.m. Take 2

11 a.m. Floriculture Judging

3:30-6 p.m. Music on Green

4-6 p.m. Bingo

8-10 p.m. Superior Lions Club “Go For the Gold” Rodeo (Women Calf Dressing after rodeo)

10 p.m.-2 a.m. Jacque Jolene and the Last Chance Band

Saturday, Aug. 4

7-11 a.m. Methodist Men Pancake Breakfast – Fairgrounds

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cabin Fever Quilt Guild Show, H.S. Multipurpose Room

11 a.m. Mineral County Parade – Parade begins at Superior Color Center

Noon-2 p.m. Eagles Nest Band

Noon-2 p.m. Bingo

12:30-2 p.m. Kids Activities

2-3:30 p.m.

Talent Show

3 p.m. Announcement of Bike winners Look for your tickets at the fair and parade (Living Water Bible Study) will be handing them out

4-5 p.m. 4-H livestock Auction

5-6 p.m. Bingo

6 p.m. Pick up open class entries in 4-H Building and premiums in the fair office

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Music for the little cowboys & cowgirls by Kelly Hughes

8-10 p.m. Superior Lions Club “Go For the Gold” Rodeo (cow milking after rodeo)

10 p.m.-2 a.m. Music by Kelly Hughes Band

Food booths open at 10 a.m. each day. All events are free, except for the rodeo performances.

Rodeo ticket will be sold at NAPA or Westgate True Value. During the fair, tickets are sold at the Lions Club beer booth not the fair office.

Bike raffle at county fair

Living Water Bible Study will once again raffle off bikes and fishing poles during the Mineral County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. Kids can get free tickets during the fair parade or at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday in front of the bandstand, where the raffle will be held.

Relay for Life

American Cancer Society Relay for Life Survivor Celebrations and Luminaria Ceremony will be held on Aug. 16 from 5 to 8 pm. at the Superior Elementary Gym along with a cake auction. Caregivers and community members are invited to attend. Luminarias for the ceremony are also on sale. For more information, contact Peggy Temple at 822-0922.

Aug. 7 STAC meeting set

A Superior Technical Assistance Committee meeting is scheduled for Aug. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the location yet to be determined, depending on attendance.

Respond to Ackerlund at 406-461-6354 or steve.ackerlund@bresnan.net if you plan to attend.

Hunter education classes in Superior

Hunter education classes Aug. 6-10 at the Junior High in Superior from 6-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat. August 11. Contact Debra Regan to register at (406) 531-3326.

Alberton Railroad Day Foundation presents concert

An intimate evening with country music star John King will be held on Aug. 15 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Alberton Gorge Ranch. Tickets are available at albertonrailroadday.com, and proceeds benefit the Alberton Farm to School Program.

Senior meals

Superior Senior Center serves free dinners to residents who are 90 years old and older. Dinner is every Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m.

St. Regis Senior Cen-ter’s upcoming menu: Aug. 2, Chicken Breast with Sauce; Aug. 9, Chicken or Beef Tamale Pie; Aug. 16, Ham and Mashed Potatoes; Aug. 23, Pulled Pork Sandwich; Aug. 27, Chicken Fricassee with Noodles followed by Bingo; and Aug. 30, Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich.

The Alberton Senior Center serves lunches each Tuesday and Thursday at noon.

Farmers markets

The Alberton Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Community Center parking lot.

The Superior Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on River Street until Sept. 26.

Fire danger very high in Missoula County; debris burning by permit remains closed

Missoula — On July 23, interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association are reporting nearly 20 human caused fires last week alone while fire danger indices have reached very high.

After a wet spring, fuels have dried to the point that fires will spread quickly. Last week, unattended campfires, illegal debris burning, operating internal combustion engines around cured grasses, and tow chains dragging on highway surfaces have ignited wildfires.

Here how we can all prevent the most common human-caused fires:

— Keep campfires small, and never leave them unattended. Drown, mix and stir in water until the campfire is cold to the touch before leaving your campsite.

— Outdoor debris burning by permit has been closed for the season. Debris burning in Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli or Sanders counties is not allowed.

— Running internal combustion engines in areas of tall, cured grass could start a wildfire. Be vigilant during these operations, and avoid doing such things on windy days or in the heat of the day. Have a water supply or fire extinguisher, leather gloves, and a hand tool at the ready.

— Make sure trailers are well maintained and that you are not dragging the safety chains. Residents need to know that our wildland firefighters face a long, arduous fire season even without having to respond to human-caused fires.

Everyone needs to take special care when engaged in activities that could spark a wildfire. Remember: one less spark, one less wildfire. Even though wildfire agencies have not implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions at this time, everyone is encouraged to bookmark www.firerestrictions.us for the most up-to-date information regarding restrictions and burn bans.

Folks can also like the Missoula County Fire Protection Association on Facebook, and get information on their webpage: www.mcfpa.org. Follow them on their new Twitter account @MCFPA

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