Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, August 31, 1916, STATE FAIR SECTION, Image 15

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Nebraska State Fair an Exposition of International Importance
The displaj- of farm products at the
state fair has always been a source
of wonder and jlelight to people who
have visited Agricultural hall and
have seen the wonderful displays of
all kind of agricultural products.
About 2,000 exhibitors showed the
fruit of their labors in the display of
agriculture in the big hall. Their work
was shown in everything from a half
bushel ot potatoes to big watermel
lons and pumpkins, and from bright
grains of wheat to mammoth big ears
of corn. Grass and alfalfa exhibits
aroused the wonder of people from
outside of the state who could .hardly
understand tnat tne great American
desert of fity years, ago could bring
forth such wonderful results from its
Something like two dozen or more
counties made a display of the pro
ducts of their counties in collective
exhibits, and Agricultural hall fairly
groaned with the car after car of all
kinds of "fruits bf the farm" there on
display. The county collective ex
hibit has brought out a great deal of
rivalry in last three or four years and
each year sees new counties entering
the contest for honors.
These displays do not alone come
from the counties of Nebraska which
represent the older counties of the
eastern part of the state, but the far
west, yes, even up into what was only
a very few years ago the trackless
northwest, sends in its displays of
agriculture and most of them compare
favorably with those of the older
One can hardly understand just
how wonderful has been the devel
opment of Nebraska's western and
northwestern section until he ob
serves the displays of products from
that section. It is a revelation to the'
doubter and a source of conviction that
there is no spot in Nebraska, but that
under right conditions can be made
to blossom like the Garden of Eden.
But one reaches their height of
wonder and admiration when they ob
serve the display made under the aus
pices of the State Horticultural so
ciety. As one steps into the mamoth
big steel building wVch covers the
display of the products of Nebraska
farms, he almost catches his breath,
so amazed is he at the beautiful sight
spread out before him.
Long tables covered with thousands
upon thousands of plates of big,
luscious apples whose rosy cheeks
give evidence of the health and
Nebraska which I wealth in the -breezes which blow but what provides a market for these tbier agricultural mine Ivinor in Ne-1 the hard
wealth in the Jyeezes which blow
across the state, moistened by . the
bountiful showers that fall upon the
earth. Grapes and other fruits give
out an aroma that niaes ,the build
ing a veritable sweet-smelling garden,
while the wonderful display of flow
ers and shrubs makes one almost
wonder if he has not at last found
the Garden of Eden and is basking
in the smiles of nature's paradise.
It is useless to try to describe the
wondrous beauties of the horticultu
ral hall. Winding in and out among
the beautiful wonders of nature1, to
the music of rippling fountains, the
beholder soon drifts off into an
ecstacy of dreams, wonderful dreams,
dreams that are real, and can hardly
tear himself away from the beautiful
picture spread out before him, while
he drinks in the zephyrs, intoxicated
with the perfume of the myriads of
fruits and flowers, the product of Ne
braska's wondeiful farm", and gardens.
However, Nebraska's wonderful
display of fruit and vegetables and
flowers is not grown for the pleas
ure of the state fair visitor alone.
Many a man who has come to Ne
braska a poor man has become in
dependent raising these products for
the market. Hardly a city in the state
but what provides a market for these
products and many ot them are
shinned to the outside.
Just the amount that Nebraska
raises of fruits, vegetables and flow
ers would be hard to determine. No.
body knows, except that he knows
that , it is an almost unbelievable
amount. It is known that last year
Nebraska raised large amounts of
corn, wheat and like products, but no
statistician has ever attempted to give
the amount of vegetables and flowers
raised in the state. -
Just to give some idea of the, re
sources of the state along agricultural
lines below is a few of the products
which the State Board of Agriculture
has gathered for the edification of the
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.. 4,088,6118
.. 3,182.219
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So as one looks over the above
table, which does not represent all
of the bushels or the full value of
the above products, because of the
failure of assessors to report com
pletely, he can get come idea of the
winter wheat...
Spring1 wheat...
Alfalfa (lorn) ..
Wild hay (torn).
PotMtOS ........
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big agricultural mine lying in Ne
braska soil. Hut when he adds to it
the innumerable other things, such as
stock, vegetables, flowers, fruit, etc.,
the amount becomes almost incom
prehensible until he sees the exhibits
at the state fair, and then he begins
to comprehend somewhat what wealth
their lies in Nebraska farms.
And so from year to year people
have come to the Nebraska state fair
and haye gone -away amazed at the
pictures painted by nature they have
This year they are going to be more
amazed than ever. The 1916 state
fair bids to be far in excess of any
previous exhibition. Entries on all
classes are coming in and there is
every indication that a trip to the
fair this rear will be an event one
cannot afford to pass up.
As the traveling salesman has his
side lines, so the farmer has those
lines of farming wnich do not ex
actly come in under the tilling the
soil proposition.
It used to be that the housewife
took charge of one of the most im
portant side lines, that of churning
the butter and preparing it for the
market. Now that is mostly done
with a cream separator and much of
the hard toil incident to handling
the milk is done away with. Nebraska
creameries relieved the housewife of
the trouble of churning 41,776,080
pounds of butter last year, this being
the amount that was put out by the
creameries of the state after the
cream had beet separated on the
farm and sent to the towns.
Another tide line of' the farmer
which the housewife has had a great
part in controlling is the poultry in
dustry. No proposition has yet been
discovered that will take from the
fanner's wife the right to raise chick
en and sell eggs to the storekeeper.
Ann so during the year just past the
busy housewife has been able to sell
25,108,441 dozen of eggs and, adding
to the value of these, she hat also
sold $1,78,1,720 worth of poultry. So,
as one of the important side lines
to farming, that of handling poul
try is still an important one, w
Bee keeping is another side line
which is a valuable one wherever the
farmer has found time to attend to it.
This industry is not as strong as
the others, but in Nebraska there
are 20,007 stands of bees, which pro
duce a good income co their owners,
and this side line it increasing every
There are other sidelines to farm
ing which add to the wealth of the
farming industry and help the farmer
and his busy housewife to meet the
financial demands which have come
with the years. Modern education
has added to the expense of the
farmer's family, and as the boys and
girls must now have a high school
education and perhaps a 'course at
the university,''so it has been neces
sary to add to the income of the
farm and the side lines -have helped
a great deal in this regard.' Modern,
farming has enabled the farmer,
wherever he has taken advantage of
it, to get the most out of the toil
with not nearly as much drudgery
as in the old days, and so had more
time to devote to the tide lines with
beneficial results.
Much of the benefits which he h"
accumulated have come from th,
things he has learned while attending
the Nebraska State fair and the coun
ty fair at home. Meeting-others of
hit vocation and swapping ideas has
enabled the agriculturist to rise to
the situations which confront him
and solve them with beneficial results.
As an educational institution the
state fair has performed wonders for
Nebraska. '
Lincoln, September 4 5, 6, 7 and 8, 1916
Automobile Races, Monday, September 4.
Seven races from one to twenty-five miles,
contested by the world's best drivers.
RUTH LAW, Aviatrix, in day and night
flights. See her loop the loop. '
SEVEN BANDS The world renowned
"KILTIES," Nebraska State Band, George
Green and his band, Superior, Verdon,
Ainsworth and Johnny Jones band.
Double Quartette
whancTdoodle QUARTETTE
September 4 3, 6 and 7
The Best Carnival Company on the Road.
Horse Races, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs
day and Friday. 3 harness and 2 running
races daily., Classes closed August 21 st.
1 s SPEED PROGRAM Daily Race Program
.. 2-year-old Trot .Tuesday, September 5 .........$ 300 ,
3-year-old Trot Friday, September 8 .... , ... . . - 700 y
2:25 Trot . . . .Wednesday, September 6 ..... . 700 '
2 : 20 Trot Friday, September 8 . ; . . . 700
2:15 Trot Thursday, September 7 ....... . 700
2: 10 Trot... .Tuesday, September 5 1,000
2- year-old Pace Tuesday, September, 5 . . 300
3- year-old Pace .Thursday, September 7 600
2:25 Pace Wednesday, September 6. . 600
2:18 Pace Thursday, September 7. . . . 600
2: 13 Pace Tuesday, September 5 600
2:10 Pace Friday, September 8 600
Free-for-All Pace Wednesday, September 6 , 1,000
Real camping on the grounds.
Come and have a week of enjoy
ment and camp pleasures.
The world's best Live Stock Show.
The most complete and largest ex
hibit of Agriculture and Public
School Display at any state fair
this year.
See what Nebraska produces in
Horticulture, Poultry. Bees and
Honey. .
Visit the Ladies' Departments in
Domestic Products, Textiles and
Fine Arts.
All the new improvements in Ma
chinery. The Automobile you want.
Nebraska Manufacturers' Exposi
tion will be held for a second time
at the 1916 State Fair. See Nebraska-Made
Better Babies' Exhibit. Entries
(1 closed August 21st.
Boys' School Encampment, for
boys between the ages of 15 and
21 years of age.
For premium lists, entry-blanks
and mlormation, write W
Mellor, Sec, Lincoln, Neb.
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