State Fair News
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Aug. 13 (U.P.)
Unofficial estimates showed today that more than 1,145,000 persons thronged through the gates to the Illinois state fair to top last year's attendance record.
The 10-day fair was marred yesterday by a spill during the motorcycle races in which Kenneth Ingles, Columbus, O., was killed and two other drivers seriously injured.
Total attendance at last year's fair was 1,001,000. Largest single day's crowd at this year's fair was Veteran's Day, Aug. 10, when 235,000 persons jammed the fairgrounds.
Winners of the Illinois Gladiolus Society show yesterday all were from Illinois. The grand champion single spike went to H. C. Durland, Mt. Prospect, for his "Connecticut Yankee". In the three-spike division top honors went to Rex L. Williams, Watseka, with his "Candy Heart".
More than 600 dogs competed for $3,000 in prizes at the dog show. Mrs. E. D. stringfellow, Birmingham, Ala., took best dog in shhow with her "Myroy Night Rocket", a black cocker spaniel.
[The Daily Register, Harrisburg, IL, Monday August 18, 1947 - Submitted by Diana Heser Morse]
© Genealogy Trails