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4-H Groups Saves Hobby Hall

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There's something for everyone at MontanaFair. The Yellowstone County 4-H Group is working on something new to keep a 13-year tradition alive at Hobby Hall.

Collectors have been showing their stuff for years at MontanaFair. When exhibitors heard Hobby Hall would be torn down in 2012, the local 4-H group stepped in to revive the nearly condemned structure. "People are very excited. We've started to get some donations. We hope to get more to just finish the project," Yellowstone County 4-H Extension Agent; Roni Baker said.

Hobby Hall Superintendent, Cindi Gillies, said changing the tradition would have been heartbreaking. "For a lot of collectors it's the first time they see all of their items in one place at one time, and that gives them tremendous pride. And then when people come through the door it takes them back in time, and it starts their discussions of memories and family experiences. Collectors just connect with each other," Gilles said.

First-year contestant and drag-racing enthusiast, Tyler Jackson, said Hobby Hall is a great place to meet others with similar interests. "It is an amazing feeling being here, because I really love doing it. Everyone who has ever seen us run just enjoys the fire shows. You name it. They just enjoy seeing everything," Jackson said.

Hobby Hall veteran, Dwight Buttman, said MontanaFair is an opportunity to spend time with family, and meet great people showing his models behind a glass case. "We enjoy the fingerprints, because that's when people get up an actually enjoy what's in there. So, if we can spread the joy, and give people something interesting to look at; it's great," Buttman said.

The nearly 30 exhibits were judged before the fair started on Friday, but organizers said a People's Choice Award is held every day of the fair. 4-H organizers said they still had a long way to go until Hobby Hall is complete. If you would like to contribute to the cause, you can call 256-2828 or mail a check to the 4-H Yellowstone County Extension Office.

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