Originally published in The Weekly Packet, September 8, 2011 and The Weekly Packet, September 7, 1961
Fair over for another year; crowd holds despite bad weather
From all reports, this year’s Blue Hill Fair drew as many people as years past, set a record in dairy judging, and boasted the biggest midway in recent years.
Weather-wise, Saturday and Sunday were bad.
Mist and fog made bleacher seats too wet to use during the Auto Thrill Show Saturday night, and Sunday was cold and foggy. But people turned out anyway and the Labor Day crowd was termed “among the best” by fair secretary Phil O’Brien.
FINANCIAL results of the fair won’t be known for months yet, O’Brien said, until all bills are paid. Generally, crowds were good and there was a decided increase in many displays.
O’Brien estimated vegetable displays were double last year’s.
The grandstand was nearly full for horse racing and O’Brien gave credit for close, fast races to George Stover and his crew who widened and regraded the track, working on it since July 4.
In livestock, dairy entries were far above previous years. Sheep entries were purposely made smaller by fair directors, but this brought about an increase in quality that had the judges talking. More registered sheep were entered, and for the first time goat entries were sufficient to make it an official show….
A new attraction, for the first time in nearly four decades, was oxen pulling. Competition from other fairs reduced the number of yoke anticipated, but four participated and drivers reported the Blue Hill crowd was the largest of the season.
All told it was a big fair, and to help put it on were an estimated 50 employees not counting competitors, performers or participants.