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The 5th annual Red Lake Indian Fair opened
its gates for admission at eight o'clock, September
17th, and being one of the most satisfactory years
of the association.
The attendance was in excess of former years
despite the fact that no Special was run from Be
midji as heretofore. The fair grounds on Septem
ber 18th was a veritable sea of automobiles from
all sections of the country. There was hardly a
town within a fifty mile radius but what was rep
The Gonvick, Bagley and Bemidji crowd was
out for a good time and the day was the occa
sion of fun and frolic, in which the white man and
the redman participated without thought of race.
The crowd, of which 75 per cent was Indian,
resembled that of a prosperous farming commu
For the first time in the history of the Fair As
sociation a merry-go-round, owned and operated
by a Chippewa Indian of Minnesota, attracted the
old as well as the young and gave a touch of real
ism to the occasion, which, though an Indian fair,
could not be distinguished from the old time county
Five years ago the fair grounds was a veritable
forest, covered by jack pine trees, heavy under
growth and brush. One could hardly realize this
when looking at the well constructed and crowded
grandstand, the graded half mile circular track,
the hundreds of parker automobiles, the substan
tial buildings and the general appearance of an
old time settled community which prevailed.
The cports were opened to all comers. This
added to the entertainment of the crowd, as every
one outdid themselves to make the occasion a hap
py gathering.
In attendance the fair was the best we ever had.
In exnibits it is proper to state that there were
individual exhibits in all departments which ex
celled any former exhibits, except possibly in the
agricultural booths. This was not due to the lack
of industry of the Jndian farmers, but because of
the excessive drought which has prevailed on this
reser\ation during the past year. The writer
knows that there was more acreage planted on the
reservation this year than ever before that every
old garden on the reservation was plowed and put
into cultivation that more new land was cleared
and planted than ever before and that this in
dustry wac
augmented by the desire of the Red
Lake Indians to do their bit in the present war
crisis, the slogan bring "Plant every foot of tilla
ble soil."
The Cross Lake School, St. Mary's School and
the Red Lake School all had booths of unusual
merit. Tl.e decorations were more artistic than
ever ?nd added greatly to the general appearance
of the building.
The domestic science booth was given first prize
for beauty. The domestic art booth excelled in
many ways former displays.
The Central Farmers' Club won first prize as
the best club booth. This was due very largely
to the enthusiasm, industry and hard work of John
English, president of the club and one of our pro
gressive farmers.
In the art building we found the Indian curio
booth and the returned students' club booth, which
was beautifully and artistically arranged, with a
background of Navajo blankets belonging to Mrs.
Omar Gravelle. Mrs. Gravelle is a returned stu
dent, a former Haskellite.
In this building the Red Cross resided, and- we
are told that they made fifteen or sixteen dollars
from the sale of cocoa, thus doing their bit.
The Baby Show occupied about one-fourth of
this building. This booth was beautifully decor
ated with red, white and blue bunting. Appropri
ate charts and pictures were hung on the walls.
Rugs were placed on the floor. Pamphlets on "How
to Keep Babies Well," "The Care of the Baby,"
"Hints to Mothers," "What You Should Know
About Tuberculosis," "Indian Mothers, Save Your
Babies," "What Every Mother Wants to Know
About Her Baby," etc., etc., were distributed. This
bootn was presided over by Miss Mary Broker, a
graduate nurse of several years experience, an In-
dian, ablv assisted by Mrs. Carrie McDougal, as
sistant nurse, an Indian. Miss Broker is a former
Hampton student, Mrs. McDougal a former Has
Fourteen babies were examined. According to
the official score card of the American Babies'
Health Contest Association, Mary Fairbanks was
first, with a score of 97%, Genevieve Cook second,
with a score of 97 and Arnold Bailey third,
with a score of 97%. It was some contest.
The following is a complete list of the standing
of the babies examined and the score indicates
some bunch of healthy kiddies:
Mary Fairbanks 97% 7c
Genevieve Cook 97%
Arnold Bailey 97
Margaret Stately 97%
Elliot English 96
Harry Fairbanks 96
Susan Thurdix 93%
Leo Desjarlait 92
Baby Girl Stand 91
Ramora Cook 91
Susan Dickenson 91
Margaret Beaulieu 90
Louis Manypenny S9
Genevieve Downwind 87
The stock this year was not much in evidence.
Several Indian families were not present, being
away gathering rice, but as a whole the entire
reservation turned out and manifested their usual
The Red Lake Indians are to be complimented
upon their showing. The officials of the Fair As
sociation, William Sayers, Be-oonce and Moses
Ward, worked hard, and the success of the fair
was largely due to their individual efforts.
There was no disorder, and through the three
days of the fair there was no evidence of any
drinking or other disturbances.
Plans are already under way for next year's
fair. It is hoped to run a Special from Bemidji.
Many of the Bemidji people were disappointed
this year in not being able to come.
We missed the canning demonstration planned
by Mrs. Margaret Baker, Assistant State Club.
Leader of Boys' and Girls' Clubs. Mrs. Baker was
unable to attend, having contracted a very severe
cold while at the Beltrami County Fair, making
it necessary for her to return to her home without
coming to Red Lake.
Commissioner Sells wired his good wishes for
a successful fair.
The Domestic Science booth, which was super
vised by Mrs. Hashbarger and Mrs. Goddard, won
first prize this year in the best booth contest.
A Special Prize of five dollars and a National
Certificate of Merit was offered by the National
Emergency Food Garden Commission to an Indian
woman who canned the best vegetable grown on
the reservation. The selection of the winner was
very difficult, as there were many well canned
vegetables at the Fair. A can of corn, canned by
Mrs. Gus Larjenesse, was finally decided to be the
best, considering the food value of the corn, it be
ing one of the principal foods, and the excellent
manner in which Mrs. Larjenesse did the canning.
On several occasions recently we have heard
the Red Lake Chippewas lauded for their progres
siveness in farming, household economy and gen
eral prosperity. Inspecting officials all agree that
the Red Lakers are, as a whole, the most provi
dent and industrious Indian people in the State.
It is generally conceded by Red Lakers themselves
that this opinion is well founded. There is also
recognized along with the glory, the work inci
dent to upholding or sustaining a reputation.
That there has been substantial progress is evi
denced at the Fair grounds. In general appear
ance the Indians look like well fed prosperous
farmers. In character and quality of exhibits the
Red Lake Fair has every sign marking the suc
cess of the County Fairs held throughout our
State. Not only is progress demonstrated through
the agency of the Fair, but in the increased stock,
cleared fields, new houses, improved roads, road
tax and in the less frequent councils over griev
ances real and fancied. Again we find a bettei
foral tone, marriage accordng to old custom is nc
longer kept secret from Government authorities.
Drinking is being recognized as against industrial
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and moral development. The Progressives are in
the saddle and those unfortunates who can't keep
up just have to stay behind.
Upon the request of Cato Sells, Commissioner of
Indian Affairs, the Emergency Foo^d Garden Com
mission offered a national prize of five dollars and
a national certificate of merit to the winner of the
best canned vegetables at the Red Lake Fair.
Mrs. Gust Larjenesse of the Farm Station Club
won the prize with a can of corn. There was
some competition, too, believe us. Canned toma
toes and beets were a close second and nearly car
ried off the honors.
Speaking about the Minnesota state fair, now in
progress, being the greatest in its history, etc.,
etc., guess Red Lake agency has every reason to
sit straight up and give 'em the once over, for a
Chippewa Indian from Red Lake just naturally en
tered some of his wheat against the state and
walked off with fourth prize. And there was
"some" wheat in that layout and Sheaf Wheat at
that and the competition was as keen as could pos
sibly be.
The winning by Mr. Mason shows what the In
dians can do and the feat of winning against state
competition will undoubtedly prove highly incen
tive to the Indians of the reservation and Super
intendent Dickens is highly gratified.-Bemidjji
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