MontanaFair returns on Friday at MetraPark in Billings.  The massive annual event, which runs from Aug. 11 to Aug. 19, draws about 230,000 people for eight days of entertainment, agricultural displays, livestock shows, rodeo, food and carnival rides, making MontanaFair the state’s biggest attraction.  Expect popular rides like the Century Wheel, a 70-foot Ferris wheel with gondola seating and Monster Trucks for kids, presented by the Mighty Thomas Carnival.

Star attractions this year include Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge and Neil Geraldo on Friday at the Rimrock Auto Arena, the rock band Paramore on Saturday, comedian Bill Engvall on Sunday, Supercross at the grandstands on Tuesday and three days of PRCA Rodeo beginning on August 17.  A ValuPass for $65 will give a fairgoers admission for all nine days and access to all shows.  Go to montanafair.com to purchase tickets online.