County 4-H Fair winding down
One of the largest county fairs on the Eastern Shore, our own Queen Anne’s 4-H Fair, will wind up the week on Saturday with a number of special events you will want to see, especially if you have not had a chance to get out there to the fairgrounds during the week. A corn hole tournament gets underway at 10 a.m. The truck pull is at 11 a.m. and the big rodeo, that is always exciting, begins at 5 p.m. Oh, I almost forgot, the Goodwill Fire Company is sponsoring the Baby Contest that will be held at 9:30 a.m. right next to the rabbit barn. That should really be a cute event.
But the fair has been running all week from 9 a.,. to 10 p.m. and is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Make a special effort to get out there if you can. It was on Aug. 15, 1942, that the first 4-H Fair took place at the park and some 900 people showed up for the one-day event. Mrs. Algernon Carter was the chairman and one of more active folks at the fair for years. The 28 acres for the park had been donated by George M. Moffett of Blakeford Farms in 1941.
Be sure to pick up one of the 88-page Fair programs; it has a lot of great information other than the fair schedule. We are most fortunate to have volunteers who spend many hours on our Fair every year.
••• LAMPMAN’S CALENDAR My good friend, Bill Lampman, who has put together that unique 2017 calendar in honor of the Museum of Eastern Shore Life, out at the 4-H Park, has some neat old photos for the month of August. He shows a very you Bobby Barton, of Queen Anne, with his beef cow ready to show at the fair; along with a picture of a group of students at the Willoughby School in 1915. Then he has a shot of a bunch of us kids sledding down Cemetery Hill in a string of four sleds. He named the fellows as Jim Pippin, Jack Coursey, John Clough and Vachel Downes. But I believe I am in that gang somewhere; or maybe I took the photo.
••• STILL UNKNOWN I still did not get any response to my question about who gave me the two old (1912 and 1911) postcards showing Centreville that were left for me in the Library, and which we reproduced in the column over the past couple of weeks. I am going to give them to Mike Kader out at the Museum of Eastern Shore Life, which is n the fairgrounds. He may want to use them with all the historic items of the county they have out there. By the way, the museum is open during the fair hours this week; stop by while visiting the Fair.
••• LOT OF MEMORIES The grand feature and pictures in this month’s Tidewater Times by Dick cooper about his visit to the Pioneer Point estate portion that is now owned by the Russian Embassy brought back many memories to me.
Dick was invited down with a group to have lunch with the present Russian ambassador in the mansion house once owned and occupied by John J. Raskob and his family. Some 45 acres, of 1,900-acre estate owned by Raskob many years ago, were bought by the Russian Embassy in 1972. The Raskobs had a beautiful home, actually two, since the other big house was called Mostly Hall. It was named that after the Raskob kids were taken in the big front foyer and one of them said, “Oh, boy, this is mostly hall.” I took a lot of pictures down that way over the years. If you can find a copy of the Times this month, please look that story up; it was interesting, especially if you don’t know that much about Pioneer Point.
••• SALUTE TO JOHN McCAIN I don’t want to get political, but we need more men in Congress like tough Sen. John McCain. The 80-yearold Republican had just had brain tumor surgery when he came to Capitol Hill to cast his vote on the future of Obamacare. The once prisoner-of-war is an inspiration to our nation as a whole! A snappy right-hand salute to Sen. McCain from this WWII veteran!