With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get together with the whole family for some quality fun. One of the best ways to do that is to head over to the annual Montana State Fair! What’s better than eating cotton candy, checking out livestock, and enjoying the exciting carnival rides? This summer, come and check out all that the 85 annual Montana State Fair has to offer. The Montana State Fair is open from August 12th through the 20th. On top of all the fun parts of a fair that you know and love such as carnival games and all the fried food you can manage, there are also exciting, entertaining events as well! For example, for the first time, the Montana State Fair is excited to announce that The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, The Rock Band will be performing for FREE. The Rock Band performs hit songs that span all the way from the 1950s to today. From classic rock to pop and everything in between, come and check out The Rock Band! Coming back this year is Montana’s own Crawford Bros. Band. The band will once again play at the Montana State Fair. Make sure you don’t miss out on this crowd favorite!Admission for the Montana State Fair is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and up and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger get in for FREE. On Friday, August 12th, come out for Sneak a Peak Night where the gates will open at 4 pm, and the carnival will be running from 6 pm to midnight. From Saturday, August 13th through Saturday, August 20th, the gates will open at 12 pm every day. The carnival will run from 12 pm until midnight. Finally, all food and shopping vendors will run from 12 pm to 11 pm. For more information, visit www.montanafair.comIf you are coming into town for the Fair, consider staying at one of the family-friendly hotels in Billings MT to make your commute an easy one.