The 2017 Western Montana Fair is thrilled to announce the traditional Demolition Derby will expand to support the families of brave wildland firefighters who keep Western Montana safe every summer. The Fair is teaming up with the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which helps families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and assists injured firefighters, to bring fairgoers the Put Out the Peaks Motor Rally.
This exciting partnership formed in recent weeks to call attention to the urgent needs of the 2017 fire season. The motor sporting event will continue as the Western Montana Fair finale, but will grow from one performance to two and will be even bigger and more exciting than previous years. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. Local firefighters will be on hand to collect additional donations and share information.
“Firefighters are risking their lives so we can enjoy summer traditions like the Fair,” Fairgrounds Director Emily Bentley said. “Honoring their sacrifice – and the sacrifice their families make – is the least we can do. Community connection is a key part of our mission, and we want the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our community safe to know how grateful we are.”
“Wildland firefighters fighting fires in our community come here from all over the country,” said Jennifer Zaso, Wildland Firefighter Foundation Development Director. “Whether they live here in Montana or are hundreds or thousands of miles from home, when injured or killed, there are few resources to help, especially in the early hours and days of a tragedy. The Put Out the Peaks Motor Rallywill help provide urgent support to assist firefighters and their families and recognize and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our public lands.”
Thanks to sponsors at Iron Horse Towing and NAPA Auto Parts, WHR Motorsports – who brings Monster Nationals and Freestyle Motocross to Missoula every spring – will provide a world-class motorsports experience. Performances will include monster trucks, freestyle motocross (FMX), tough trucks, and mud bog. All Demolition Derby tickets already sold for the 4:30 p.m. show will be honored.
What: Put Out the Peaks Motor Rally
When: Sunday, Aug. 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: The Missoula County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena
Cost: $16 per show – use coupon code: PUTOUTTHEPEAKS for a $5 discount