Western Montana Fair – Creative Reuse Division

Calling all creative re-users! Home ReSource is once again heading up the Creative Reuse division at the Western Montana Fair, happening Aug 11th – 15th, 2021.

Registration is open now!  All exhibitors must register by Thursday July 22nd, and all submissions are due Sunday, July 25th. So, make a stop at Home ReSource, pick up some reuse materials and get started on your award-winning masterpiece today!


General Fair Information: The Home Arts Buildings (35) will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24 and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 25 to bring in your exhibits to the Missoula County Fairgrounds, 1101 South Ave. West, Building #35. Click here to view exhibitor map. Reuse masterpieces will be on display for all to see during the week of the fair! Exhibitors will pick up their submissions on August 16th. Any items not picked up on this day will become property of the fair and will likely be disposed of.


Submissions: Creative reuse, also known as “upcycling” or “repurposing,” is the act of applying creativity and innovation to bring new life or new function to existing materials. Whether transforming an old piano into a coffee table, stringing upcycled paper beads into a necklace, or reimagining scrap materials into a sculpture, repurposing is an exciting and crafty way to keep stuff out of the landfill. What can you create by choosing to reuse? Creative Reuse spans five divisions and seven classes.  Submissions will be accepted in the Commercial Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds on July 24th or 25th


  • You may enter multiple items in each class number.

  • A 3 x 5 index card with the following information is required with each piece entered:

  • Name of the piece/entry

  • Brief description

  • Specific materials reused

  • Estimated percent of reused material

  • Exhibits that do not include the required description notes will not be considered for Best of Show.

  • The Superintendent reserves the right to reclassify entries not entered in the correct division or class, or as otherwise needed for competition.

  • All exhibits will receive care and protection in the surroundings, but at all times are subject to owners’ risk, and in no event will the department be responsible for damage that may occur.


Best of Show – $50.00

One Best of Show awards will be given in each division, Junior, Showman, Elite, Group.

Thanks to Deb Scott for creating the Best of Show and special recognition awards.


  • Division 1: Junior – ages 14 and under

  • Division 2: Showman – ages 15 and above

  • Division 3: Elite – all ages (Anyone may choose to compete in this category regardless of age or experience. A person that has been paid for their work, is currently trying to charge for their work, or has regularly taught skills in the making of their creative specialty should enter in the Elite Division only.)

  • Division 4: Group – Wood Pallet Re-Creations or Art and Sculpture classes, only.


1400 Home Décor

This class covers functional decor inside or outside the home.

1401 Wearable Fashion and Accessories

Create the ultimate wearable fashion or accessory item and share your style with others.  Present it on your own unique display form for best viewing.

1402 Art & Sculpture

Whether meant for display indoors or out, enter your creation here.

1403 Toys, Games, & Instruments

If your creation only comes to life when someone is playing with it, it belongs in this class.

1404 Wood Pallet Re-creations

Functional or fun – adding your personal touch is the main requirement. Make sure your entry is ready for display, stands independently, or is prepared to hang. In this division, we will accept entries done as a group – so you can make it a family, school, youth group, or Scout project.

1405 Shoe Transformation

Rethink it – how to give those old shoes or boots a new purpose. Extend the life of your once-favorite treads by transforming them into something functional and/or beautiful. Look online for inspiration!

1406 Windows of Imagination

Save an old window from the landfill by creating a fresh look to it and an awesome artifact for your home, office, or leisure space. Entries must be transportable, no larger than 24 inches on the longest side, and both secure and stable for display on a flat horizontal, or vertical surface.

Volunteers: We are looking for 2-3 volunteers to help with submission drop offs! To sign up to volunteer, contact Michelle at michelle@homeresource.org


Additional Info: For more information on how to register, or other details, visit https://missoulafairgrounds.com/creative


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