Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2011

100 years ago: County fair ends with ‘School Children’s Day’

September 29, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 29, 1911:

"Last night saw the close of another of the famous Douglas County Fairs. Rain interfered very much with the plans for the day with but one exception, the crowd. The people seemed not to mind the rain but donned their rubber coats and took their umbrellas and went out to the park. In the afternoon there was a good crowd on the grounds and in the evening another crowd was present. However, the rain cut down the numbers somewhat.... It was Douglas County and School Children's Day. The city schools were dismissed at noon and the pupils took in the fair. A large number of country people come in in spite of the rain and enjoyed themselves.... Today was cleanup day at Woodland Park and the process of taking down the tents and bringing the displays back to town made the fair grounds a lively place this morning. However, by noon there was nothing left of the Douglas County Fair of 1911, but the memory of the past three days."

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