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MANY FAIR DAYS
MISSOURI THIS SEASON IS "FAIR TIME'' IN THE "SHOW ME" STATE. FIRST REAL STATE FAIR It Was Held in Boonville In 1853 Small Forerunner of Present Million-Dollar Exposition in Sedalia. These are fair days in MisEOurL They are fair days in the sense that they are fine, as are most early fall days in Missouri, with the feelings of the first frosts. They are fair days In another sense, for it's "fair time" in the "Show Me" state. There's scarcely a Missouri county in which the call of "Here's your hack," or "All aboard for the fair grounds," has rot been heard during the last few weeks. Just as almost every county lias had its agricultural fair, so have roost cities of size, and some small ones, too, held or arranged for a street GRAND jam . 7HEBEST. MCftG xsLir, a narvest restivai, a. homecom ing 'or something of the "Sort. Mis ourians zre thoroughly inoculated -witbl the "fair microbe. They believe In fairs." . Fairs are not novelties. American fairs are probably direct outcomes oi the 01d World's "market days," -when the . people of Southern Europe brought their produce', exhibited it for comparison, .then sold, it in a com petitive way. These, .competitions proved a stimulus, the rural people coming to see that they must have tetter products or that their goods would "not-" sell on such -days. The early history of fairs takes us back to the time when two neighbors brought together their oxen to com pare them, learning something by comparison. Then came the plowing matches, always popular in a new country where virgin soil is to be turned. From time to time the lead ing features of fairs have changed until today we have great state fairs! such as the Missouri state fair, thej ninth' annual exhibition of which will i be held at Sedalia, Oetober 1 to 7, i fo"r months remaining in which to and which promises to be a magnifi- convert a Missouii farm into the Mis cent exposition of the state's live souri state fair grounds. The time Btock and agricultural resources. was short, but in spite of devastating " . ... drought and many discouragements, eJresnt ?Ilss?un state. fair; the work was done and the fair held. wnne tne nrst or sucn magnituae ana the only one having extensive im provements, suitable grounds and all those things that make for perma nency, is not the first to be known as the "Missouri state fair." By . an ' act of the legislature, approved Feb-! ruary 24, 1S53, the Missouri State Ag-j" ricultural society was incorporated, it being the first society ever organized within the limits of Missouri and un- i der the patronage of the state. The I first fair conducted under the aus-' pices of this society was held at Boonville in the fall of 1S53. The premiums appropriated amounted to $1,351.50. Tiie annual address, pro nounced by C. D. Bent, corresponding secretary of the Missouii State Board of Agriculture for the year 1SG5, to be "a valuable and appropriate address well worthy of preservation," was de-.l livered by Uriel Wright of St. Louis, j The secretary of the fair was Joseph L. Stevens, founder of the old Cen tral bank at Boonville, and father of ; ex-Gov. Lon V. Stevens, al'native of Cooper county, but now residing in St. liouis. The second annual state fair was held at Boonville In 1854. In 1855 the third and last annual fair of the State Agricultural society was held. On December 7, 1855, the St. Louis -Agricultural and Mechanical associa tion was chartered by the Missouri legislature. At the annual exhibition j)l this association, held in 1860, the receipts reached the sum of $47,231.80, nd it was estimated that 100,000 per sons were on the grounds on the day of the visit of the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Newcastle and other members of the royal party. It will never be known just what the at tendance wa on that eventful day, lor so large was the crowd, and so great the rush at tiie gates that the fences inclosing the grounds were broken down, the authorities being unable to stop the great sea of people that surged in. Dinner on the grounds was served to the distinguished guests. At this dinner the chair sec ond from the -late King of England was occupied by Hon. Norman J. Col man, now 83 years of age, a director of the old St. Louis fair, a national commiss oner of agriculture under Grover Cleveland, and now an active member of the present board of direc tors of the Missouri state fair. It was Governor Colrnan who offered the resolution making the first Monday in October as the fixed date for the open ing of the St. Louis fair each fall The old St Louis fair flourished for many years and attained a world-wide reputation. In 1871 there was held what was known as the Kansas City exposition. Kersey Coates was president, John W. Reid, vice-president; Theo. S. Chase, corresponding secretary; E. A. Allen, recording secretary; Thos. H. Mastin, treasurer, and Edward Fleischer, su perintendent. The fair opened Octo ber 15 and continued one week. The weather was exceptionally fine and the attendance large, it being esti mated that .there were 35,000 or 40,- 000 people on the grounds on Thurs day. The total cost to the associa tion of buildings, premiums and man agement was a little over $34,000. There have been other expositions, district and county fairs galore, great live stock shows and greatest of all world's fairs the Louisiana Purchase exposition all-in-all making Missouri a foremost fair state. 7?i WJT DIfiMG STATE FAIR yith- the seed that had been sown sand the "show me" spirit of the peo pie, it was very natural thatt Mis-; sourians, seeing the -start that other states had made, should determine to .have a great state fair of their own. Accordingly, a bill establishing the Missouri state fair and Vesting its management and locationin the state board of agriculture, was passed by the Fortieth general assembly. On the tenth day of October, 1S99, aftei an examination of all the sites of fered, the institution was located at Sedalit on 160 acres of land donated by that city and adjacent to its lim its. At the session of the legislature at which the state fair bill was passed no appropriation from the general revenue fund was made for the equip ment of the grounds, but the Forty first general assembly made an ap propriation of $50,000 for that pur pose. The hill-was signed by Govern or Dockery and the money became available April 17, 1901. The date for the first annual exhibition was fixed for September 8-13, only a little over From that beginning of only a few years ago ihe Missouri state fair has grown until it takes favorable rank with the oldest and largest state fairs in the country. $40,000 TO HELP MISSOURI. Breeding cf Live Stock in State Is Improved by Distribution of Premiums. The Missouri state fair distributes $40,000 in premiums for the purpose of promoting the breeding of bettor horses, mules, cattle, sheep, hogs and other live stock; encouraging the gijowth of more corn and other farm crops in brief, to add to the value of every Missouri farm and the up building of every Missouri town. If you are a Missourian you may prop- erly feel a direct personal and finan- cial interest in the Missouri state fair, the tenth annual exhibition of which will be held at Sedalia, October 1 to 7. NIGHT HORSE SHOWS. Two Will Be Held in the Live Stock Judging Pavilion. Huge Encouraged by the enthusiastic re ception accorded the night horse show held in the big live stock judging pa vilion on the Missouri state fair grounds last year, the management nas arranged for two horse shows this year, Wednesday and Thursday nights, October 5 and 6. Coin Counting Machine. There will be no waiting at the gates of the Misouri state fair, Oc tober 1 to 7. The addition of auto matic coin receivers and counters will do away with all wait and worry in cident to the purchase of ticket at th big Sedalia show AEROPLANES FLIGHTS WONDERS OF AERIAL NAVIGA TION TO BE VISIBLE TO ALL. WILL RACE WITH AN AUTO Novel and Exciting Contest Is a Cer tainty, Showing Astounding Achievements in Modern Skill and Industry. Daily daring and sensational track circling flights by Wright Brothers' aeroplane, also the first aeroplane II W??T SffOmEXS'ASfiOPJlAfJrttADY TO J7X?T AT WS301R 3TAT' W? QCr-7 auiumoone rate in the world's history will be among the many special at tractions to be seen at the Missouri state fair at Sedalia, October 1 to 7. The airship attraction is one for which a multi-millionaire "with a bar rel of money" could not have pur chased a ticket of admission a dec ade ago, but this year this most novel speed contest ever arranged is abso lutely frea to every visitor at the fair. If you fail to see it it's your fault or misfortune. ' An ironclad contract has been made for a daily flight by a daring aviator in one of Wright Brothers' best ma chines, and" this means that every visitor at the fair, no matter what day he is there,1 will have the'noyel pleas ure of seeing an airship' circle the track. In addition, to thjs, the con tract calls for a real race around the track, one driver4 operating a power ful high-spreed automobile while the other, far above.- operates his aero plane. With these machines, so differ ent In construction, straining for sii premacy, no living man knows whicn will win. . But one thing sure, the race, which may possibly be at the rate of a mile a minute, will be mighty well worth seeing. SHOWING OF SADDLE HORSES. Great Stallion to Be Shown. To- gether With Many of His Descendants. The saddle horse show at the Mis souri state fair, the tenth annual ex hibition of which will be held at Se- "REX McDCNALD 833." Rex McDonald and his get will be i in a grand parade at the State Fair, me purses nung up uy tne Associa Sedalia, October 1 to, 7. ' " I tion are sure to result in some finely dalia the first week in October, is al-; ways one ot tne best to pe-; seen in any state, Kentucky not accepted. A special attraction this year1 will be the . great stallion, "Rex McDonald," together with many of his sons and grandsons and daughters arid grand daughters. The parade of this famous stallion and his get will be a sight that will gladden the heart of every lover of a good saddle horse. The strongest saddle stables in the state will be represented in the show rings, and there will be nothing better in this line to be seen anywhere this season. MISSOURI UNIVERSITY EXHIBIT. Many Interesting Things Pertaining to Modern Education and Agriculture. The University of Missouri exhibit to be made at the Missouri state fair at Sedalia will be the most complete and extensive ever made by any uni versity in America. Included in this exhibit will be a complete reproduc tion, on a small scale, of the entire university, grounds and buildings. The methods of making the serum for the prevention' of hog cholera will also GREAT TEAM CF PERCHERONS. Six Magnificent Draft Animals to be Exhibited by Swift & Company. Swift's six-horse team will be a spe cial attraction at the Missouri state fair. Great hitch of powerful Perche rons, type of noble bre.ed that Rosa Bonheur made famous in her paint ings. Every visitor at the Missouri state fair to be held at Sedalia, October 1 to 7, will be sure to want to see Swift & Co., six-horse team of Percherons phies and the plaudits of thousands rons constitute assxtette of harnessed pany's six-horse team of Percherons winners of blue ribbons, costly tro- horses the superior of which is sel dom or never seen. The fact that these horses are not merely show horses, but an example of the kind of draft horses used daily in the great packing business, makes the exhibi tion doubly interesting. The team itself consists of two n wneeiers, Ane and Prince, wefghing 2,250 pounds each; the swing. Mack and Phil, weighing 2,100 pounds each; the lead, barney and Dick, weighing 1,950 pounds each. To perfect their appearance, they have been given a wagon and harness that in themselves are worth a small fortune. Both were built especially for. the purpose. A special car, built on the same plan as a Pullman sleep er, and indeed with as much care and expense, is used to transport the team from place to place No extra charge will be made to see this team. It is only one of the 'many, really merito rious free attractions provided by the fair management. . MODERN WOODMEN AT SEDALIA. Drill Teams and ' Bands Will. Con test for Over $2,000 in Prizes.' Modern Woodmen1 of America to the number of many thousands are ex pected at Sedalia on Monday, October 3, when scores of uniformed drill teams and bands accompanying Mod ern Woodmen camps will meet on the Missouri 'state fair grounds to contest for over $2,000 in prizes. This event IS being advertised by the head state officials of Modern Woodmen as the only state log-rolling ever held, and every effort is.being put forth tomake it a memorable one one of surpass ing magnitude and splendor. The dis trict deputies all met at Sedalia re cently and visited the state fair grounds and inspected the large show pavilion and found it a most desirable place in which to hold the state class adoption cn the night of Modern Wood men day at the state fair. This building comfortably seats nearly ten thousaud people, and the arena is admirably arranged for the Woodmen to witness the exemplifica tion of thy new ritual by the officers and drill team of Camp No. 2,002 of Kansas City. The Woodmen will be addressed by Head Consul A. R. Tal bot of Lincoln, Neb., and Directors R. R. Smith of Brookfield, Mo., and E. E. Murphy of Leavenworth, Kas. RACING AT THE STATE FAIR. Contests That Are Not Decided Until Leader Passes Under the Wire Will Be a Feature. There's going to be some real rac ing of the nosey, nervy kind the kind that puts a fellow up on his toes at the Missouri state fair at Sedalia, the first week in October. The stake races never before filled so well, and frazzled finishes. It you enjoy seeing the good ones go, set vour sail Se- daliaward. GREAT LIVE STOCK SHOW. Display of Cattle.. Horses and Swine to Be of Rare Merit and Large Size. Missouri is one of the leading live stock states of the Union, and the showing of the aristocrats "of the bovine, equine and porcine tribes" at the state fair at Sedalia, October 1 to 7, will be one that no farmer or friend of a farmer should fail to see. The live stock barns are said by many visitors at other fairs to be the best in the United States. IRISH CHORAL SEXTETTE. Organization Popular at White City In Chicago Is Booked for Sedalia. . A new feature in the musical line at the Missouri state fair at Sedalia, October 1 to 7, will be the famous Irish Choral Society's Lyric Sextette. This is one of the foremost organiza tions of singers in the country, hav ing won the applause of thousands at the White City in Chicago, Forest park and many other pleasure places. 1910 STATE FAIR 1 TO 7 FAIR GROUND PARK IS BEAUTI FUL WITH VERDURE OF AUTUMN. SCENE PLEASES 1H2 EYE Brick Buildings With Tiled Roofs. Miles of Good Walks and Clean ness of Everything Are Most Attractive. The State Fair Grounds park, with its almost 200 acres beautiful with green grass, made greener still by recent rains; more than a score of large buildings, mainly or red brick and tile roofs, the red and green mak ing an exceedingly pleasing picture; the miles of good walks, and other improvements "of a substantial char acter, will prove most attractive tc those who visit the grounds at Se dalia during the week of October 1 to 7. The grounds are clean so is the fair, gambling and all attractions of a questionable character being pro hibited. No other state fair of the same age has so many extensive and sub- stantiai improvements as. has the' Mis souri state fair. While 'its growth has been rapid, it has not been of the mushroom kind. It is" making' its buildings of brick and steel, making hem to stand. The steel grandstand, now completed, measures 410 feet, and before this grandstand, on one of the finest and fastest regulation mile tracks in America, some of the gamest and fastest trotters, pacers and runners of the present day will meet ibach day of the fair, or during as many days as will be required to com plete the awards, cattle and heavy horses will be judged in the big live stock judging pavilion, covering al most an acre of ground, providing pomfortable seats for thousands, and constituting all-in-all a building that is ideal in its appointments. In the sheep and swine pavilion, larger even than the live stock judg ing pavilion, are housed each year sheep and hogs from the best flocks i and herds 'in several states. "In mules," says a state agricultural board i motto, "Missouri stands at the head the only safe place." Proof of this as sertion may be seen at Sedalia, where the mule and jack show is second to none. The Missouri state fair has always given special attention to the agri cultural resources of the state, and this year the corn show and county I agricultural displays will occupy thou sands of feet of floor space in Agri cultural palace. Missouri is a great poultry state, ' her sales of surplus poultry products . finmnr nctiinntnfl o f f r-nt xrfl va milllnnc I ; v. V 1 of dollars during the last year. Rec- nizing the importance of the poul try industry, the fair management has . this year doubled the poultry pre- j mmms. anere is uo entrance tee, anu coops are free. j The Missouri state fair is a million-' dollar educational institution. It aims , to inspire, instruct and uplift, as well as to entertain and amuse. It is more than a passing show. Missouri, with her 300.000 farm homes, is first of all an agricultural state; so is the fair first of all an agricultural institution meaning by "agriculture" live stock husbandy, orcharding and all the al lied industries of the farm. If indications count for anything, the fair to be held at Sedalia next month, October 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, will surpass in magnitude and attendance all former Missouri state fairs. "PICKING" FOR POULTRY PEOPLE Premiums In This Department Have Been Doubled for This Year, and There's No Entrance Fee. There's rich "picking" in premiums on poultry at the Missouri state fair poultry show at Sedalia October 1 to 7. The fair management, recognising the Importance of the poultry business in Missouri, has this year doubled the premiums. No charge is made for cooping, nor is there an entrance fee of any kind. The birds are fed free, cooped free, and the exhibitors get hh'e premium money. OCTOBER FINE MUSIC FOR THE FAIR. Weil's Famous Band Again Engaged, and Other Musicians Will Be Heard. Weil's band, a great musical organi zation of forty members, under direc tion of William Weil, will again fur nish music at the Missouri state fair, October 1st to 7th. This musical or ganization has delighted music lovers all over the country. After the appearance of this band at the Missouri state fair last year, the Ruralist said of it: "Weil's World's Fair band again made good by a large majority. Had there been no other special entertainment fea ture on the grounds, the splendid con cert presented by this great musical organization would have amply repaid anyone for coming to the fair. That Prof. Weil and his band were appreci ated by the tens of thousands who heard the music was abundantly at tested every day of the week." On Wednesday and Thursday nights of the fair horse show nights Weil's band will play, and on Sunday after noon these musical experts will give a carefully selected program of sacred music, assisted by the Ladies Mu sical club of Sedalia. Of course ev erybody will enjoy the daily concerts by Weil's band in the live stock pa vilion and in the big steel amphithe ater. In addition to Weil's band, the Sec ond Regiment band of Sedalia and other bands will furnish music during the state fair. ACRES. OF MODERN, MACHINERY. One Firm Alone- Is to-Show $50,000 Worth of Implements at tr - State Fair. f ' With the growing scarcity of farm help and the necessary substitution, to a certain extent, of 'modern machin-" ,ery in the place of men, the farmer, finds it .more and more, to his inter est to see and stpdy the machinery r that the leading manufacturers are putting on the market. An excellent .opportunity for much study will be, afforded visitors to the Missouri state 'fair at Sedalia, October 1 to 7. There will actually be acres upon acres of .floor space covered by machinery. One firm alone will show 50,000 worth of machinery, and the exhibits of others will represent investments almost as large. PHEASANTS AT STATE FAIR. Most Beautiful Birds to Be ited in Wire-Inclosed Structure. Exhib- The state game and fish department of Missouri will have an jinteresting exhibit at the Misouri state fair, Oc tober 1 to 7. This exhibit, .which will be made under the personal direction . of Commissioner James A. Tolerton, ; will include several thousand pheas ants hatched on the state game farm near Jefferson City. These beautiful birds will be in an immense cage, or wire-inclosed structure, where every visitor to the fair may see them. Pheasants are the most beautiful of m birds and now that an effort is " . , . . ...io being made to stock the state with them, the birds at Sedalia are sure to attract attention. HEADQUARTERS FOR FARMERS. State Board of Agriculture Will be Glad to See Them All at Its Hcaccuarters. The Missouri State Board of Agri culture, of which A. T. Nelson of Le banon is president, and T. C. Wilson of Columbia is secretary, will have headquarters in the.Agricultural build ing on the state fair grounds at Se dalia, during the fair, Octobe 1 to 7, Every farmer in Missouri is invited to call at the office, make himself at home and get acquainted. Applica tions for the Annual Report, the Monthly Bulletin, and other publica tions of the board, will be looked after at this office. REDUCED RAILROAD RATES. Special Trains and Lowered Fares Will Accommodate State Fair Visitors. Railroads have granted very low rates In every instance practically a half-fare rate or its equivalent to Se dalia, on account of the Missouri state fair, October 1-7. Special trains, ia addition to the superior regular serv ice of the roads centering in Sedalia. will accommodate the thousands of state fair visitor. " "