County 4-H Fair wind­ing down

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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!

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