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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 2, 1915)
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INTERIOR VIEW OF TIIE GREAT AGRICULTURAL PAVILION AT THE NEBRASKA STATE FAIR GROUNDS, ONE OF THE FINEST EXHIBITION HALLS OF THE COUNTRY.
T KARL B. GADDIft.
HE lUU fklr. Ilka Chrlatim.
I eema but one a yr. and
I I Ilk ChrUtmaa It, too, brlnia
otbor flfU of vut bnporuno
to th people of the auto.
it preridM tMm, ror inauuieo, with a
noat ftllartnc opportunity to lra more
about their aUte through conUet with
the people and product of all ectlona,
It la a b! education In Itaelf, an edu
cation aaeembled at a tremendoua eoat
and dealt out to the people at a elnxu
tarljr low prlca.
The atate fair waa not built In a mo
ment. Ita hlatory haa been yeara In
making, and Ita auccwooea have beea the
result of the beat thought and attention
f aome of the meet publlo-eplrtted men
of the atate. There have been hardahlpa
to go through, and there have been patha
to earve through mountains of trouble.
Kvary man who haa put hla handa to tne
plow and started the breaking of a fur
row haa had ta stick to It, and haa not
dared to look back even though a mjrrUa
of dirtracttnf aounda filled the air.
Aaaembl of the products of some thirty
or forty countica of the atate each year
In what Is known as the county collective
exhibits Is a great treat In Itself. The
exhibits contain the beat of everything
ralaed In each of the entering counties.
This feature has been steadily growing
from year to year. The following com
ment on county exhibits by President
Roberts of the atate fair Is tlroely and
Interesting. lie sayst
In Nehraaka we divide our state Into
three districts In the department of
county agricultural exhibits. These three
dletrtcte sre called eastern, central and
weetrrn. We justify this from the feet
that Nebreaks, being 420 miles long eaat
and weet end lying immediately east of
the foothills of the Rockies, contains land
lying si an altitude from MOO to feet;
therefore natural agricultural products of
the eastern snd wealern parts of '.he state
are foreign to each other and matte lair
competition Impoealtitr over any certain
eoale of premiums offered. In this de
partment we offer to the county collec
tive exhibits U.frO In premiums, alto S7&
for best dlaplsy of same. In id Id Hon we
permit each article to compete for pre
miums offered for that apeclfla product.
In 1I4 our total premlume paid In tha
agricultural department amounted to
Our Judge's score each county exhibit,
nd all participating In the premium
money must score within 0 per cent of
the beet score msde In each dlatrlct. Thta
rule ellmlnatee the eleventh-hour exhib
itor, but aids In uniform excellence. All
countiea coming within thta percentage
divide equally fib per cent of If V of the
offering, and the balance la divided as
to number of points msde above the min
imum. Mea Wko Make the Pair.
The character of the men who take
this Interest in their counties and who
are always bringing them to the front In
dtscuislon of tha strong points of the
state Is such that they are easily en
titled to designation aa master boosters.
Bays Secretary Mellor, who knows them
As an educational feature for our etate
fairs the county exhibit ayatm haa a
place practically at the head of the col
umn of exhibit attractions. The county
collective booster la nearly alwaya a
man of broad experience and deep Inaight
lie la frankly an enthualaatio booeter
for his own community. Buch men have
ever been Invaluable workers In the
ranks of that noble army that la fighting
the battle, of Improved agriculture. Olve
the county exhibit hustler, the man with
the "co'lctlve bug," a chance to reach
the public. He brings an Important ad
dition to tha curriculum of the farmers'
ahort courts In practical agriculture
the modern stste fair."
The pioneer promoter of whst Is now
the modern fair was one Elkanah Wat
son, a Pittafletd (Masa) man, who
dreamed dreams much like all other men
who ever brought anything new to the
world In which they lived.
Boon after tha year 1800 this man Wat
son began the advocacy of the plan of
ahowtng animal and products at public
gatherings. He Insisted that In this com
parison of products the people would
learn more about the strong points of
farming and stock raising and that all
exhibitors and all epectatora who Inter
ested themaelvea could gain valuable In
formation by thla meana. The Trl-Btate
fair held at New Tork waa ths ftrat
re-ogntsed fair of which there Is any
hlatory, and ths record Is fairly accurate
that Watson was the one who gave Im
petus to It. The msrch toward bigger
and better falra from that date was not
as rapid In the effete east aa on would
think It should have been.
It remained for the west to take up the
Idea and develop- It to the utmost. Prac
tically all of the great atate falra of
the middle weat were organised during
tho period of 1830 and 1870, and thoae now
recognised aa tho atrongeat appear to
have been given the breath of life at that
Jme by men of the Watson caliber.
Nebraska held Ita first territorial fair
In 1K and Robert W. Furnas and J.
Sterling Morton were the men who were
its godfathers. Both were advocates of
advanced sgrl culture and both had much
to do with giving tha Idea a firm start
In this state.
, At a meeting of the atate fair manaa
era not so very many montha ago an
Intereatlng dlacuaalon arose as to the
purposes of tha state fair and what It
achieved year by year. The discussion
wss never reported by the newspapers,
but It was full of meat for alt that.
Frank O. Odell. now of Omaha, imnti
the hit of the day when he gave vent to
trie rollowtng along that line something
which might be applied to the coming
state fair. His talk, as recorded In his
own Isnguage In the atate fair board's
records, was as follows:
Oraraalaatloa f the Fair.
Thera are seventeen exhibition depart
ments of the state fair. These Include
horses, cattle, swine, sheep, poultrr.
agricultural products, dairy, domeatlo
products, bees, honey, textiles, fine arts.
educational, machinery, better babies,
and a class known as specials.
Thus with the addition of the little
tots, practically everything, Including
manufacturing products, are to be found
on the grounda.
Exhibitors and entrants In the clauses
where premiums are to be given will be
Increased th a year, according ta state
ments of the board of manage ra. Agricul
tural hall, an Immense building, was
thrown open to the public for the first
time last year, and despite Ita alse waa
well filled, Thla year additional spaae has
been provided for In this building and
In adjoining structures It Is predicted
that all of this will be tsken up weeks be
fore tha fair opens.
The machinery exhibit will probably
not be affected as badly this year as last,
whsn some of the Isrge fellows deter
mined to stay out of the exhibition game.
Tha smaller ones are now making more
elaborate preparations to show their
wares to tha visiting farmers and they
have reserved apace at an amaslng rate
for the event.
Machinery hall will be filled and with
the aid of the automobile section, wh'ch
has transferred Its quarters there, will
present an Imposing array when the first
crowd of alghtseera swoops down upon
the halls. All the open apacea thereto
fore alloted to the machinery exhibits
will alao show up well by tbe time the
fair gets under headway and thera will
te quite enouph to keep busy tho peoplo
who want to look over everything on thla
midway of machinery.
Live Itock sta Otker Exhibits.
Horses, cattle and swine exhibit have,
been gaining In site and value for tha
last six years and tha entries this year
Indicate that 1B1S will be recorded as bet
ter than 1911 Just as that year was
recorded better than the previous year. -
The live stock parade, the feature of
the cloa'ng day of the fair, brings out
In Imposing array the blue ribbon win
ners of tha various classes. Those who
have not seen before what magnificent
specimens of stock are owned In this
state can sea then at a eweeplns; glance.
Arrangements of the exhibition pens and
barns this year will make It easier than
ever for the attendants to take In tha
sights of pure bred stock. It will be a
trip worth while, according to the prom-
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Dlccor and Cotter Than Ever" INSTRUCTION--AMUSEMENT INSPIRATION
Tho Tumble Bug Aviator who originated the aerial
plunge which resulted in the death of Beachey. He
will race Barney Oldiield Aeroplane vs. Motor Car.
Ho will loop the loop, fly upside down and give the
death-defying tumble from the clouds every day, Sept.6-10
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JOmiJnr RAIMSY, Om of tha OuetestanU la U feat Ftdr Aato Rac.
Sovon Spood Contests Each Day,
Most amazing aggregation of attractions ever offered
to the Nebraska public.
And r,1sny Other Kings of tho Dirt Track.
Daring racer of international reputat on, will race
with the a'roplano, give exhibition drives and race
cesinst his record tvery day StpL 6-10.
BEST AGRICULTURAL, HORTICULTURAL, LIVE STOCK AND POULTRY DIS
PLAYS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY THIS YEAR
MODEL RURAL SCIiOOL IIOUSE-EDUGATIOHAL DISPLAYS PURE FOOD, DAIRY AND BETTER BABIES ' SHOWS-EXHIBITS FROM NEERASKA INSTITUTIONS
Comploto Lino of 1016 Llodolo on Exhibition at tho Automobilo shw
rf JSi" FITFl? Tho racing ostrich, will bo on hand to challenge. Hnn. a.. o j
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3 teats. Without driver ho annhllatos snnen nt n hi mita; si ttii VM ): ,., i .... u .,.
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iriKzc tiAKisttbo AJSU I WO RUNNING RACES EACH DAY, SEPT. 6 7 8 9
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Omaha Day, Thursday. Ocpt. 0. Special prosram for visitors
swats iiiuii wfjuiiiti
Croon's, Hasenow's and Fifth Rcclmcntal Dand. Concerts Gun-
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was,, SIWWH UIIU VVUIIIIIi UUJJU Oin.
"Motor Madnocs", tho oxcluslvo attraction to bo seen only at
xno utato Fair and tho Gan Francisco Exposition. This is tho
ocmo of human daring.
FREE VAUDEVILLE-BAND CONCERTS-PAIN'S SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS
JH SL1l3I1? Ihair&iipflOirD Wrestler if the World,
Will Appear at tho Coliseum, Scptembe.- 7 and 0. ATHLETIC CARNIVAL, Gcptombcr 10.
UICIT THE CHEAT NEDRAGKA STATE FAIR THIG YEAR. BOOGT FOR NEBRASKA AND NEBRAGKA'G INSTITUTIONS
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