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"Many People Go to the Grangers," The Gettysburg Times, 1914.


Adams County Contributes Large Numbers to Attendance at Big Williams Grove Exhibit. Many Attractions for All.

While the Grangers' Picnic is sending to Gettysburg large numbers of people every day, Adams County is contributing scores to the attendance at the big Williams Grove attraction. Every train takes many over to the farmers" picnic and the Reading has
been carrying extra cars, morning, afternoon and evening.

Few Adams County people go to the picnic for more than a day and those from the towns frequently make a hurried trip, going over on the afternoon train and coming back in the evening. All report an exhibit up to the standard of other years.

The display of small machinery this year is larger than in former years but there is a noticeable absence of heavy machinery, due it is said to an agreement of the manufacturers.

However, there is plenty on the grounds to amuse people of all tastes and farmers for miles around flock to look over the latest attachments on labor saving machinery. Manufacturers in many of the eastern states and some of the western states have displays and it is said that never before has there been as large a number of exhibits.

A big feature of the 1914 show is the automobile exhibit. A mammoth tent has been erected on one end of the grounds and this is filled to its capacity with many different makes of cars.

In the livestock department, some fancy breeds of cattle and hogs are shown and beautiful horses occupy one of the stables. The dog show might lead one to believe that he is visiting one of the big city shows, for many farmers in this vicinity have brought their pets here to put on exhibition. Some of them are of excellent stock and the little puppies especially are the delight of the children.

Along the Midway this year there are many attractions which are new to the patrons. One large tent contains a number of nature freaks on the road for the first time this season and another has a snake charmer and King George, a little man said to be half monkey and half man, who has made friends with hundreds of persons in central Pennsylvania while visiting the various fairs during the past six years. A motordrome, where daring motorcyclists defy the laws of gravitation by riding with their bodies and machines parallel with the ground, is also proving a big attraction.

Of course, the usual number of fakirs are there, too, willing to sell anything from a pack of pins to a gold brick. One new feature of the "beat me at my own game" booth is a row of buckets in which the victim endeavors to throw three balls and win a prize. It is easy enough to drop the balls in the bucket but keeping them there is another proposition. However, the game furnishes a deal of amusement. Then there is another "Get square with your mother-in-law." Plates, cups and saucers are tied onto a big board and the idea is to throw balls and break dishes. Many earnest ball throwers are in evidence.

The Gettysburg (Pa.) Times
Thursday, September 3, 1914

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