Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, August 31, 1916, STATE FAIR SECTION, Image 14

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THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 1916.
State Fair Program Holds Much to Warm the Sporting Blood
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If there is one thing more thin
ny other that the people of Nebras-
kt look forward to ; with . supreme
pleasure, it is tne annual .meeting ot
the Nebraska State fair. This fair
might more truly be classified as an
exposition, for it is to the west what
some ot tne great, expositions nave
een to the- country.
Just because it is called the Nebras
Va tati fair not tnan that none
!.i but the people of Nebraska attend.
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rar irom u. nry corns grum inc
states of the middle west in great
1 numbers, for the oeoolc of this great
fl aerieultural territorr comorisina: the
country embraced in half a doien of
f the best states in the union, have long
1 ago learned to know that the Ne-
. braska State fair is one of the best,
'. if not the best, in the whole west and
that in its display of fine stock the
f best In the country can be seen.
As an indication of the drawing
; power of the Nebraska exposition it
is only necessary to refer to the at
: tendane as shown in the six Kisr
, state fairs of the west Taking the
' population in a radius of ten miles
; of the iair in each state, in the state
$ per cent of the population within that
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jy. ramus, in towa, ; per cent: m
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s-..- Illinois. oo.v oct cent: in jnicmiran.
t! 37.6 per cent; in Wisconsin, 31.8 per
cent, while in Nebraska it was next
f o Illinois U per cent This hi
It spite of the fact that all the other
5 stales had a population within the
ten-mile limit of from 10,000 to over
w juu.umi more people man Nebraska.
While the fair has and is supposed
m t be an incentive to greater work
f along agricultural lines, it is a great
t, help in all other lines.. The policy of
the management has been to provide
e a well-balanced fair in all depart-
ments. in addition to offering premi
ums sufficiently attractive to bring
together splendid displays in the va
rious departments, i the amusement
end is a feature which is not forgotten.--;-
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In selecting the amusement fea
tures the management makes an espe
cial effort for none but those of a
clean nature and so in selecting the
attractions the management seeks to
please the patrons of the fair and
endeavors to send them away without
a feeling .that some. of the things
they have seen .should have been left
out. ,
The race program has always been
a good one and will be better this
year than ever. In fact, the manage
ment is seeking to bring to the fair
a program of races which will ap
peal to the lovers of fast horses and
give them something to talk about
when they gcj home. i
Automobile racing was inaugurated I
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last year with grand success. Two
half-mile records on a dirt track
were broken when Ramey beat the
five-mile record and "Wild Bill" En
dicott went twenty-five miles faster
than an automobile had ever gone
before on a half-mile dirt track.
Then there is the music. Music
lovers this year will be especially
pleased. The management has made
selections that cannot but help to
swell the attendance and the music
enthusiast who passes up the state
tair in ivio will long regret it.
Last year the display of farm nrod.
ucts at the state fair was exceptionally
good. Many counties competed in the
VIEW OF THE HOME STRETCH AND GRAND STAND DURING AN AFTERNOON OF STATE FAIR WEEK
county exhibits and agriculture had an
inning which will be long remembered
by those who attended the exhibition.
However, the prospects this year
are equally good, and if nothing arises
to prevent the 1916 exhibit of farm
products will be great.
The bringing in to the state fair of
the county exhibits carries with it a
degree of co-operation which always
tends to five farmers new ideas which
they put into effect. Those in charge
of the different exhibits fraternize and
swap ideas which simply means that
all are benefited bjr the intercourse.
Then, too, the individual exhibits,
notably those made by the boys and
girls from, the farms, have a tendency
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to create greater results next year.
The contests which have been
brought about by reason of the part
the state fair has taken in promoting
contests among the youngsters of the
farm has sometimes taken on a phase
which appears ludicrous. Last year
at one of the exhibits given by the
corn growers' association, a lad of less
than a dozen years competed with his
father, who for many years had been
a prize winner in the growing of corn.
The lad was too much for his dad and
copped many prizes. ,
Such things as these has worked a
degree of interest among the boys and
girls on the farm which has done
more to stop the flow of country boys
and girls to the cities than anything
else.
Each year brings to the state fair
some new machinery. Last year the
steam and gasoline tractor for plow
ing appeared to draw the most inter
est along the lines of agricultural ma
chinery. What it will be this year re
mains to be seen.
Gasoline and oil are doing wonder
ful things in helping the farmer solve
the hard questions before him. Twen
ty years ago, yes, ten years ago, the
farmer was plowing all day behind his
plow and then when evening came he
hitched his tired horses to the old
wagon and went to town to do the
trading, or if he lived too far away,
was compelled to spend a whole day
in the trip to town.
Now all is different. Behind his oil
propelled tractor he plows all day,
turning several furrows at once where
only one was turned under the old
system. After supper is over he goes
to the barn and drives up to the house
with his automobile, and taking in
Mary and the kids drives to town be
fore the stores are closed, while old
Dobbin and his mate, deprived of the
work of plodding around and around
the field all day, stand in the cool
barn or feed from the green grass out
in the pasture. Such a picture drawn
ten years ago would have caused the
average farmer to shake his head in
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disgust and turn from such a vision.
But such things have come to pass,
and as the farmer poes to the Ne
braska state fair he each year derives
some new information which helps
the farm work and the day does not
seem to ve very far distant when the
farmer who does not keep a dress coat
and a plug hat while his wife has the
latest style evening dress, will not be
recognized as much of a farmer.
Just what the agriculturist is going
to find at the fair this year to make
his life more enjoyable as he goes
along will have to wait until he ar
rives. However, that there will be
something along improvement lines
can be assured.
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graph Company to operate along lines that meet
with the approval of the public.
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mission so that the public may know at any time
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ted for the position held.
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