Tri-County Fairgrounds

Tri-County Fair 4-H/FFA Silent Auction

Did you work hard on your project? Do you want to earn some money for all that hard work?  New to the 2018 Tri-County Fair will be a 4-H/FFA silent auction to be held in the exhibit hall during fair week.

Any 4-H/FFA member who receives a blue ribbon or higher on a completed exhibit may enter that exhibit in the silent auction.  Examples include, but are not limited to leatherwork, photography (framed or matted), woodworking, cross-stitched pillows, quilts and garments.

Note: Most food items are disqualified because of the length of time from entry day until the end of the sale. The quality and safety of the exhibit cannot be guaranteed.

Space will be limited so if you are interested, please let the fair board secretary know by July 20th.  She can be contacted by calling at 406-691-0582 or by email at

After judging is completed, if item is pre-registered and the exhibit received a blue or higher, the participant may get a bid sheet at the Extension table located in the exhibit building after 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 16th. Bid sheets need to be neatly completed including a minimum bid amount.  Bid increments will be set at $5.00. The suggested starting bid should cover the cost of supplies and a small profit. (Refer to your record book finance section if needed.)  This bid sheet will be displayed with your exhibit during the silent auction.  The 4-H/FFA member and a parent must sign the sheet allowing for the item to be sold in the auction. All bid sheets need to be returned to the Extension table no later than 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 16th.

Once the item is entered into the auction, it must be sold provided that the minimum bid is reached.  If a minimum bid is not reached, ownership reverts back to the 4-H/FFA member. The silent auction will close at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19th. 

Winning bidders will be notified by a member of the fair board.  Bidders may claim their exhibit at 4:00 p.m. or make arrangements for item to be claimed for them.  All checks will need to be made out to Tri-County Fair.  The Fairboard will then process the payments and mail checks to the 4-H/FFA members within 15 days of the fair.  A 4% surcharge will be taken from the total sale amount and placed into the exhibit hall building fund.

Any controversy or questions will be directed to the Fairboard.

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