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1. Late 1800's post card.
2. New gate 2009. Horse and people no
relation to the 1800's photo.
The "Good Ole Days", when money was scarce
and nobody knew what a credit card was!!
A.L. Laibe - July, 2012
I remember going to the Fair with my mom
and my younger sister Rita, who was three
years younger than I.
Sometimes, but not always we had a dime
each to spend. Rita, being younger, would
want to spend her money quickly. I was very
selective and would only spend a nickel in
the morning and save a nickel for the
afternoon. I liked to visit the area in the middle
of the race track. In those days there were
things to see and do in that area. I also liked
to watch the horse races. It was fun to see
around the whole Fair from in there.
I belonged to 4H. I am not sure what grade
I was in when I was allowed to join. My 4H
project was sewing. I started sewing
potholders and other simple projects.
As I got into high school, I made dresses.
A brown dress I made took first prize at the
County Fair. This qualified me to compete in
the State 4H competition at Columbus, Ohio.
I know I won a state award, but I am not sure
what award it was.
It is hard to see in my memory, with all the
dust and cobwebs flying around that my
baby brother has started up with all his
M.L. Johnson - July, 2012
Did you go to the fair? I believe I would
still like it in the fall, not so warm. It always
gave one something to look forward to in the
fall. I remember when I was little, mom and I
walking to the fair, we would meet Aunt
Alberta and Aunt Dale, I don't remember if
they had kids with them or not.
I remember the collapsable tin cup Mom
kept on her person for a drink of water from
the pump, not a drinking fountain. We would
eat lunch with the aunts. We sat on the
"running boards" on the car to eat our lunch.
When you went to the rest room, you paid
a Nickel to the attendant, (she wore a white
uniform) she would give you toilet tissue and
unlock the door if they had locks on the stalls.
She also kept the restroom clean.
We always visited the animals and all the
4-H booths. The quilts, produce, embroidery,
etc. We always stopped on the way out of the
Fair Grounds and bought Salt Water Taffy. I
think it must have been moms favorite. I don't
ever remember having much after getting
home, and she always bought several pieces.
When Uncle Art had his Foot Long Hot
Dog Stand, after the fair, mom and dad always
bought some left overs. We thought that was
just so special.
Hot dogs were good back then.
K.E. Croy - July, 2012
I remember what a treat it was for Aunt Dale
and Uncle Ernie to pick us up at the Hornung
home on road M and take us to the County
Fair. Most times we would meet some of mom's
sisters at the fair. It was always a special treat
to share the other aunt's cooking. If my
memory serves me properely, nobody could
match Aunt Dale's Little Gerkin home-canned
pickels. The whole family used her recipe.
They still had "running boards" on the cars
when I went to the Fair also. I also remember
the collapsable tin cup Mom had. I was
"always" thirsty, so I could use the cup.
After we moved to town and I was old
enough to go to the Fair by myself, I remember
getting to help Uncle Art at his Footlong Hotdog
Stand (as long as I did not get in the way) for a
little bit. It was a proud day when I earned
"Fair Money" with my paper route. I paid my
own cash for my Footlong Hotdog and for my
Pineapple Custard or Pineapple Ice Cream
cone. No one can help me remember the actual
name of the treat, but it was Pineapple
Amazing what 25 cents or even a whole
dollar could buy you at the fair. During the early
part of my time period, the dollar was good for
maybe two days, if you were prudent.
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