On Jan. 20, 1899, the Lawrence World stated: "The proposition to have an appropriation for a state fair is evidence on its face that the time for fairs has passed. No fairs pay out any more. If the people wanted them such would not be the case. As a matter of fact fairs have gone out of date and the attempt to revive them is simply a scheme to give some fellows a job. There is hardly a county in the state that can hold a fair. The counties that do are laughed at and lose out. We have tried several in this county but they are all failures. The people are tired of being humbugged in that way. Give us something new."
-- Courtesy Watkins Community Museum