This story originally appeared in the Sept. 4, 1931 issue of The Farmington Press. – Editor
With all committees actively engaged in working out the details of their jobs for the annual county fair, which will be held this year, Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, prospects for one of the largest and most pretentious fairs ever held in St. Francois County are excellent, according to Secretary P. H Teal.
In addition to an allotment of several hundred dollars for premiums, the budget committee has set aside a liberal amount for entertainment. The Dee Lang Amusement Company will provide rides, shows, and other forms of amusement, as indicated in previous publicity, and in addition to a substantial amount of band music on each day's program, free acts will more than justify the admission of 10 and 25 cents charge to the grounds.
The Fair Board has authorized announcement that Friday, Oct. 2, will be Children's Day and that all young people attending schools, either public or parochial, grade or high school, will be admitted to the grounds free. The amusement company has also agreed to charge half price for rides and shows on that day. Practically all of the premium lists have been completed and placed in the hands of the printers who have assured Fair officials that the premium books will be ready for distribution within the next few days.
Judges already provided for include every department excepting beef cattle, hogs, sheep, horses and mules and a judge for these classes will be secured within the next few days. Hezzie Graham, chairman of the Poultry and Pet Stock Department, has secured J. C Johnston, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to do the judging work this year. Mr. Johnston has a most enviable reputation as a judge, having officiated in that capacity at previous St. Francois County shows, and exhibitors in these classes will be assured of extreme impartiality in the judging work.
M.J. Regan, dairy extension specialist, will judge dairy cattle, according to Lee Roy Johnson, chairman of the department. Mr. Regan is well-known in St. Francois County, although he has not judged dairy animals previously.
W.T.C. Weimer, chairman of the Agricultural and Horticultural Department, has secured the services of J.A. Fairchild, County Extension agent, Perry County; and Mrs. John Burlbaw in charge of Home Economics, has obtained the services of Miss Ruth Muhleman, Home Demonstration Agent, also of Perry County. Judges in each department will likewise judge 4-H Club exhibits that normally are of the same type.
Further information pertaining to the county fair, including premium lists, will be made public in the near future.