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15 > Image 15 of Fairs and fair makers of Kentucky. Volume II

Part of Kentucky Works Progress Administration Publications

Egg OF KENTUCKY p ~ J 199 - local} exhibits were igood; the livestock from the Bluegrass scanty. Because of OCi_ this deficiency, the fair failed _to draw_ a sufficient crowd to meet expenses. nate The attendance was only 14,000. The guarantors refused to make good the losses was \\\ incurred by the Livestock Breeders' Association. The_matter went to the courts. the Pending their action, many bills went unpaid, among them bills for_ advertising owed to country newspaper editors, who wielded powerful influence locally and throughout the State.` l l _ xiii " Meanwhile, the legislature convened and again appropriated $15,000 to the ties Livestock Breeders' Association for premium use. A suit was instituted to test the legality of the grant. 0n the premise that the appropriation_ was unconsti- tutional, the auditor refused to- honor the demand of the association for the prO_ money. The court later affirmed the constitutionality of the appropriation. As bats a result of all this confusion, the fair of 1904 lapsed and it was freely np8_ asserted that no State Fair would ever again be held within the Commonwea1th:_ Tggi In spite dof the unfavorable outlook, the association invited bids for the iife fair of 1905. Lexington and Louisville responded, the commercial and manufactur- Bgd ing interests of the latter city showing little concern about the matter. Lex- VnS ington offered its fairgrounds andi adequate financial support, contingent on being permitted to name half of the directors. This offer was accepted by the association. Frank G. Hogan, Caldwe1l_ Norton, G. A. Birch, and Clarence Sale represented the Livestock Breeders' Association; M. A. Scovell, T. S. Harbison, fiky J. S. Estill, and Desra Breckinridge, the city of Lexington, George A. Bain, lew- Sr ington, served as secretary, Untiring efforts by the board produced the greatest fair Kentucky had `yet seen, and the most profitable. The attendance rose to 82,000; total receipts were $45,000; a net revenue of $12,000 was reported. 4 B in it I ` LEGISLATIVE CHANGES- A ( _f' MV STZE During pthe years 1904-08 Kentucky had, in the person of Hubert Vreeland,_of Jefferson County, a strong and resourceful commissioner of agriculture, labqr and zggg statistics who, in his first report as commissioner, pointed the way to ellarged Llg_ use of that department, which was then interested in the organization of farmers' the clubs as furnishing local centers for the farmers' institutes popular throughout _ c the State. The bureau of agriculture, labor and statistics, as then constituted, ilte was made up of two State officials-- the directorl of the State Agricultural S32- Experiment Station and the commissioner of agriculture-- and three advisory mem- Q' bers: E. R. Bagley, of Warren County; Thomas W. Scott, of Woodford; and Guthrie }"l M. wiiscm, Or Nelson. zner c , The suggestion made by the commissioner was JIEH "... Believing that a larger representation of farmers on this Board Digo would not only result in the Commissioner receiving valuable aid and _nt _ suggestions in the work of holding institutes, etc., but that it would ;d _ have a tendency to create more interest and confidence in the depart- lt' ment's work, I hereby recommend that, in addition to the Commissioner ltg _of Agriculture and the Director of the Experiment Station, who should _ beex-officio members, the law be so amended as to provide for the nS appointment of a farmer frem each Appelate district as a member of the was Board .... " A _ , . c This suggestion pointed the way to the creaticn of a board, responsible ous directly to the State, which might take over the functions and duties of the The Livestock Breeders' Association in its role as sponsor of the State Fair. The