Sidelights of the 1946 West End Fair
The 25th annual West End Fair in 1946 was deemed a success. “Even the weather conspired with fair officials to achieve what was the greatest fair in history in many respects,” according The Record.
Before the fair ended in Gilbert around midnight on Aug. 28, an estimated 20,000 persons had entered the grounds, parking some 4,000 vehicles.
Prices at the fair followed the general trend of the nation – almost everything cost more. The price of parking was not exempt. It doubled from 25 to 50 cents.
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Other notable “fair” events reported by The Record included:
• An pilot used a field opposite the fairground parking area to set up an airplane ride business, giving the fair a new, modern touch.
• “The politicians again did the fair. Many had their cards up on fair buildings and trees. Others appeared personally and gave out cards.”
• “Farmers saw more machinery than they had for the past fire or six years. The farmer’s wife saw many new and many more home conveniences in home appliances displays. All these displays contained things ‘new’ to the fair and new to the farmers and his family.”
• Maurice G. Andrew of Saylorsburg, a veteran enrolled in a Veterans Administration vocation-agricultural training course, was presented with a purebred registered Guernsey bull calf, named Pohopoko Senator, by the Pohopoko Farms in Effort.
• Troopers from the state police at Brodheadsville sub-station had the task of handling the fairground traffic during the morning and afternoon hours. At night, they were relieved by troopers from the Stroudsburg sub-station.
• When the fair ended, about five bushels of apples were made into pies, more than 500 pounds of fresh hams were cooked and served with sauerkraut, which had been made from nearly 2,000 pounds of cabbage.
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Can’t get enough West End Fair photos?
Check out the photo gallery A Night At The Fair, depicting scenes from the 2009 fair.
And the 2012 gallery 91st West End Fair Bunnies.