HELENA, MT – It is with great sadness Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds announces the cancellation of the 2020 Last Chance Stampede and Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Stampede and Fair is Helena’s largest community event and has been a staple in our community for 60 years. The decision did not come lightly and was made with consideration for all of our community, exhibitors, food vendors and staff involved; their health and safety is our primary concern.

With the uncertainty of when Phase 3 of the reopening process will occur, it would not be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Lewis and Clark County to proceed with the event.  With possible social distancing still in effect, it would not be possible to sell the quantity of tickets needed for both the concert and three nights of PRCA rodeo to recoup the costs that come with putting these events on.

We are working with Cole Swindell and his management to reschedule him for the 2021 Stampede and Fair. Once confirmed, all tickets purchased will be good for 2021. Anyone wanting a refund will have until June 30 to make that request.

With an approved plan from the County Health Department, we may still be able to bring Northstar Carnival in this summer. We will release details as they become available.  We will also be submitting a plan to continue with the Last Chance Ranch Rodeo on Sunday, July 26.

The Lewis and Clark County 4H will continue with their show and auction.  For more information, please contact the County Extension office at 447-8346.