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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 6, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 6, 1920

ASHLAND WINTER FAIR IN LARGER QUARTERS IN 1921

Ashland, Dec. 6. — With the most sanguine expectations more than realized as the result of its initial exhibition, the Ashland Winter Fair, another season, will demand more space, hence the Chatauqua auditorium and the Natatorium will be requisitioned in 1921, in addition to the armory, for it is planned to make the event a progressive one, insofar as the chief divisions are concerned. These will include poultry and pet stock, fruits, grains and vegetables, merchant’s displays and domestic products respectively in three grand divisions.

In the poultry department, 175 coops were on display, embracing over 400 individual birds. Rabbits were present to the number of 100, occupying 56 coops. Rhode Island Reds led numerically among the chickens, with Barred Rocks second, White Leghorns, Anconas, Black Minorcas and White Rocks following in relative succession. A. A. Dickerdike and C. S. Brewster judged the poultry and T. F. Smith passed upon merits of the pet stock, chiefly rabbits. According to U. L. Upson, general manager of the Oregon Poultry Association, the recent winter fair exhibited the second largest display of standard fowls shown in the state. The hero of the rabbit kennels was a Flemish Giant buck, weighing 13 pounds.

The judges of fruit were N. S. Benett of Medford, and Professor Reimer of the Talent experiment station. About a score of varieties were displayed, both box and plate. Of course, the noted Yellow Newtown led and in this classification Mrs. Anna Ziegler of Ashland, won first prize on the box showing, the fruit exhibit going to Arthur Davenhill of the Valley View district. Dried fruits and nuts of several species also were exhibited in this department.

...Among leading prize distributions the mammoth turkey, weighing 37 pounds, was awarded to R. Boyer, of the Ford Garage, the big goose going to Mrs. Forget, living in east Ashland...

Ashland’s Winter Fair was the result of the Southern Oregon Poultry Association’s annual exhibition merged with a big display of farms and orchard products, supplemented by dairy and domestic exhibits, all reinforced by general merchandise liberally displayed by local merchants in gaily decorated booths. ...

The closing hours of the fair were given over to carnival gaieties, a peak load of hilarity prevailing until a late hour on Saturday night, some reporting that the armory’s surroundings during that period were a replica in miniature of a typical midway plaisance.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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