Interesting facts about the West End Fair
• Country singer Loretta Lynn belted out one hit after another before 5,500 fans during two shows at the 1991 West End Fair.
• Joe Anewalt, a former director of the West End Fair, celebrated his 89th birthday on Aug. 24, 1971, which was also the first day of fair for that year. Anewalt, not only was a driving force behind the fair, he helped start the West End Fire Co. and was a lifetime charter member.
George P. Brodhead of Snydersville was the youngest owner and exhibitor of livestock at the 1939 West End Fair.
• 1985, five members of the Neola Needles and Busy Hands 4-H Club entered the new West End Fair category “Vegetable Creatures.” Entries included a gourd sporting tiny cherry eyes, a cabbage head with a tomato tongue, and an eggplant with corn silk eyebrows and Italian sweet pepper arms.
• One of the oldest exhibits at the 1936 West End Fair was a chair shown by Justice of the Peace J. Davis Weiss of Brodheadsville. He said the 100-year-old chair was an exact copy of those brought to this country by the Moravians.
• The West End Fair, now a multi-thousand dollar business organization, began in 1920, operating with a budget of little more than $500.
• Two well-known West End residents, Berlin Serfass of Brodheadsville and Frank Moyer Sr. of Effort, were overcome by the heat at the 1928 fair. “They fell to the ground, but were picked up and hurried away, where they were soon revived,” reported the daily newspaper.
• Ruth Berger won first place and Clair Kresge second in the button sewing contest at the 1926 fair.
Melanie Johnson, employee at Pizzaland & Sub City in Brodheadsville, eyes the elephant ears she helped make. The ears were new to the West End Fair in 1983.
• The team of May Wagner of Pen Argyl, Sarah Shafer of Glibert, Clair Kresge of Brodheadsville, Rachael Dotter of Wind Gap, Mildred Snyder of Cherry Valley, May Shafer of Gilbert, Olive Shafer of Gilbert, Margaret Arnold of Gilbert, June Snyder of Snydersville and Blanche Frantz of Gilbert won the Ladies Tug of War contest at 1926 fair. “The women pulled lustily for a minute and a half,” according to a newspaper report.
• In 1963, Alden Fetherman of Long Island, New York, with his wife and children attended his first West End Fair. Fetherman, better known to the local people as “Red,” is remembered as the “flashing” quarterback of Stroudsburg High School’s 1952 football team.
• A warning published in the 1981 West End Fair supplement of the Pocono Record: “Make your baked goods from scratch — mixes aren’t appreciated.”
• Maurice C. Andrew of Saylorsburg, a veteran under the Veterans Administration vocation agricultural training course, was presented with a purebred registered Guernsey bull calf — “Pohopoko Senator” by the Pohopoko Farms in Effort during the 1946 West End Fair.
• Country singer Charley Pride performed two shows at the 1989 fair. The shows yield fewer than 4,000 fans.
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There are more photos of the highlights of past years, scenes from the 1981 & ’82 fairs and the opening day of 2013 fair.
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The 2014 West End Fair will held Aug. 24-30.