Alan's prompt shows folks having fun at a 1940's fair in England.
Kentucky State Fair brings thrills, concerts, animals and more
The very first Kentucky State Fair, in 1902, grew from a basic economic need posed by the newly formed Kentucky Livestock Breeder’s Association: to strengthen the national standing of Kentucky’s herds. This first State Fair was held at Churchill Downs, and 75,000 people attended. For a 50-cent admission, those first fair-goers witnessed races of the new steam automobile and the top attraction: a head-on collision between two locomotives.
The State Fairs of the first decade also supported the Commonwealth’s great horse traditions, provided a showcase for the year’s harvest, advanced the state’s industries, and encouraged excellence and competition in the domestic arts.
The history of the fair encompasses Kentucky’s growth and change in communications, transportation, technology, and even fashion. The Kentucky State Fair has become the training ground, the testing site, and the public showcase for the state’s progress. To borrow a promotional phrase from the early decades of fair history, the State Fair is “Kentucky’s Parade of Progress.”
State Fairs have many things but my favorite has always been the
World's Championship Horse Show.
(photo courtesy of Washington County Ky. Bicentennial History 1792-1992)
One of the most prosperous businesses in Kentucky is the breeding, training and showing and racing horses.
I grew up in a town where Kalarama Farms was one of the most prominent and famous farms in Kentucky for Saddle Horses.
Friends of ours owned the farm and in the early 1980s entered the World Championship Horse Shows with Harlem Globetrotter out of sire New Yorker.
Pictured above is the trainer and rider Larry Hodge on Harlem Globetrotter when they won the
1982 National Three Year Old Championship at Freedom Hall.
Kalarama Farm is still in operation in Springfield Kentucky and has an intriguing history found here
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