Category Archives: fairs

York City vineyard thrives during Prohibition

A vineyard in the heart of the City of York? Less than three blocks from the square? During Prohibition? Who would have thought it? See below for my recent York Sunday News column on John K. Gross and his prize-winning … Continue reading

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More on the 1937 York Fair

In a recent post I shared some of Gazette and Daily coverage of the October 1937 York Fair. There was a lot going on that year. For one thing, York countians took their gardens and orchards very seriously. The Gazette … Continue reading

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York Fair chilly in 1937 but restaurant patrons hot

Only a few months until the 2017 York Fair. Although the animals and other exhibits are under roof, it still is very much an outdoor fair, with many activities at the mercy of the weather. For many years the fair … Continue reading

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York County children enjoyed seeing their work in the newspaper

For many years the Junior Dispatch page was published on Saturdays in the York Dispatch. Pupils of fourth through ninth grades could submit their writing and art through their teachers. Children could contribute “stories, photos, cartoons, drawings, articles, poetry, editorials, … Continue reading

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September means the York Fair

September wouldn’t seem like September if I didn’t do at least one post on the York Fair. Instead of starting with the file boxes of York Fair materials at the York County History Center and/or local newspapers of the past, … Continue reading

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Never ask a woman her weight

I was again looking for something else in the newspaper images at the York County History Center Library/Archives, when a short piece in the York Daily of November 2, 1875 left me nearly speechless. It reads:

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York Fair during wartime—part three

The York Fair is over for this year, leaving us contemplating what headline acts and interesting food choices are going to be featured next year. I assume the fair management and staff are already working on the 2016 York Fair. … Continue reading

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York Fair during wartime—part two

In my last post, I shared the position of the York Fair administration that the fair should go on during World War Two, unless a government order would direct closing, citing the Fair’s promotion of agriculture and manufacturing, as well … Continue reading

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York Fair during wartime—part one

Everyone in York County probably realizes is it just about time for the York Fair again. Wondering how World War II affected the fair, I pulled a 1942 York Fair program from the York County Heritage Trust files. Samuel S. … Continue reading

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Local families motored to the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

A recent post told of York Safe and Lock Company taking 14 train cars of employees and their families on a special excursion to the 1939 New York World’s Fair. A couple of local ladies shared their stories of traveling … Continue reading

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