By Robin Brower-McBride Big Sky Chamber of Commerce

BIG SKY – The 32nd Annual Country Fair and Arts Festival will be Saturday, July 28 in the Big Sky Town Center. Its theme, ‘Wild Blue Yonder,’ is meant to capture the energy and the reputation Big Sky has for touching the curious and adventurous side in everyone.

Celebrating community, arts and entertainment, the festival will bring four different bands to the outdoor stage, along with local and regional artists and craftsmen, interactive exhibits, food and craft stations. Admission is free.

The day will start at 8:30 a.m. with a 5k race and a 1k fun run/walk. Next, the parade will leave from the Community Park at 10 a.m., and arrive at the Town Center Pavilion at around 10:30. Parade participants will include live music from local band Bluebird Sky, a stagecoach from Cedar Mountain Corral, Gallatin Canyon Women’s Club, Big Sky Western Bank and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Exhibits at the Fair include live birds of prey from the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center; how to maximize your time outdoors, with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation; fly casting and pie-eating contests; a petting zoo; face-painting; kid’s activities (bouncy house, rock-climbing wall, superslide); a dunk-tank with well-known community members going in the water; and a car-wash held by the Chamber of Commerce.

Additional musical acts include the Driftwood Grinners, the Mountain Breathers featuring Chase McBride, and The Deadlocks.

Interested in participating in the Growing Artists Gallery (age 3-18), volunteering or sponsoring the festival? Contact the Chamber at (406) 995-3000 or stop the office any time. bigskychamber.com