From the pages of the September 19, 1905 Lorain Times-Herald comes the article above about the opening day of the sixtieth annual Lorain County Fair. The 1905 edition was still being held in its original Elyria fairgrounds location along the west branch of the Black River.
Judging from the article, it sounds like it was do-or-die time for the fair. In fact, the article noted that the fair president and other officials “have worked hard to make the fair this year a success and should they fail this time it is doubtful whether another one will be held. For several years back it has not been a paying venture.”
Happily, the Lorain County Agricultural Society were able to turn things around.
I was out at the fair on Wednesday night. The weather was perfect (although it clouded up pretty well at one point) and there was a nice crowd. The Oh-Boys were excellent, as were the French Fries, and the Rutana Apple Dumplings, so I’m a happy man with a full belly as I write this.