The fairs of Kentucky, like those of other States and those of earlier times
from which contemporary fairs are descended, have borne since their inception a
close relationship to the economy of their region. For that reason, this book
contains more than its title suggests; contains, by more than implication, the
story of Ventucky's agricultural development in addition to the recital of the
rise of the fairs in this State.
It is appropriate, therefore, that these two volumes of Fairs and Fair
Makers of Kentucky should appear under the sponsorship of the State Department of
Agriculture. `Fa—inish to thank`William H. May, Commissioner of Agriculture, and
William G. Harris, his administrative assistant, for their cooperation which made
publication of the book possible.
In assembling the material for Fairs and Fair Hakers of Kentucky, the Writ-
ers' Project received the unstinted asszgsazzstsrisssgoVOiu¤e€€r workers through-
` out the State. The list of these workers is too long for personal mention, but
their part is not forgotten. Especial thanks is due to L. B. Shropshire of the
Kentucky State Fair for his part in the conception and early planning of the
work; To Otto H. Rothert and Ludie J. Kinkead of the Filson Club; Edna Jeanette
Grauman and Ellen Temple Harding of the Louisville Free Public Library; Carrie L.
Hunt of the Lexington Public Library; Hrs. Jouett Taylor Cannon of the State His-
torical Society Library, Frankfort; members of the staff of the University of
Kentucky Library, Lexington; J. C. Wehrley, assistant manager of the State Fair;
Anne MoCrocklin, secretary to the Fair Board; Col. Lucien Beckner of Louisville,
and the secretaries of the national breed associations.
Fairs and Fair Kakers of Kentucky was prepared under the direction of Hugh
J. Hughes who wrote Volume I of the book. Frederick L. A. Eichelberger collabo-
rated in the writing of Volume ll. Data for the book was gathered by a research
staff of‘Nriters' Project workers under their supervision.
YVILLIAM R. BREYER,
Kentucky Writers' Project