Old Fair Memories
Maddchatter

United States

#1 Sep 11, 2008
Some fair memories for really old timers:
The strip shows in tents. They did a little dance out front, pay to see the show, thats right, hoochie-koochie shows were part of the fair. Most of you don't remember that one I bet.
The freak shows, again pay to see the show, mostly I remember Jolly Dolly the 500 pound woman, and the person who could be a mother or a father, and for 50 cents you could see the proof' and of course the two headed calf.
The ride through spook houses
The big tents full of new farm equiptment
The politicians giving out buttons and bumper stickers for free
The livestock show and judging

The year they gave away a new car every night of the fair. you got tickets for spending money at the sponsors all summer and every night they would draw out a number. You had to be there to win and we all stuck our tickets to poster boards and searched for the number every night at 11 PM

They dropped free ride tickets from an airplane over the parking lot by Simers Pharmacy and all the kids gathered to try to catch free tickets

everybody got in free

The fair was a lot different in the 50's.

I know I already posted this in another thread, but thought some might not have read it there.
Maddchatter

Festus, MO

#3 Sep 11, 2008
Thanks Scanner, I had forgotten about that auto thrill show

Since: Jul 07

United States

#4 Sep 11, 2008
4x4 pickup and Tractor pulls, Dunking booth
Gitter Dunn

United States

#5 Sep 12, 2008
Maddchatter wrote:
Some fair memories for really old timers:
The strip shows in tents. They did a little dance out front, pay to see the show, thats right, hoochie-koochie shows were part of the fair. Most of you don't remember that one I bet.
The freak shows, again pay to see the show, mostly I remember Jolly Dolly the 500 pound woman, and the person who could be a mother or a father, and for 50 cents you could see the proof' and of course the two headed calf.
The ride through spook houses
The big tents full of new farm equiptment
The politicians giving out buttons and bumper stickers for free
The livestock show and judging
The year they gave away a new car every night of the fair. you got tickets for spending money at the sponsors all summer and every night they would draw out a number. You had to be there to win and we all stuck our tickets to poster boards and searched for the number every night at 11 PM
They dropped free ride tickets from an airplane over the parking lot by Simers Pharmacy and all the kids gathered to try to catch free tickets
everybody got in free
The fair was a lot different in the 50's.
I know I already posted this in another thread, but thought some might not have read it there.
I remember all the old time stuff at the fair --- it was called the Cotton Carnival or Fall Festival. The hoochie-koochie shows were somethin OK. We used to try to sneak a peek around back. Do you remember the guy they shot out of a cannon & over the ferris wheel ? How about gettin a job helpin tear down on Sat. night? Did you see Narvel Felts sing there ?
Gitter Dunn

United States

#6 Sep 12, 2008
Scanner listener wrote:
I miss the Chitwood's shows. There wasn't much they couldn't make a car do.
The Chitwoods were great but did you see the motorcycles in a big round cage? How about the wrestling shows where they asked people to come up & wrestle one of their guys ? We talked a buddy into goin up & wrestle one of them. They put on a show for a few minutes then the carnival wrestler beat our buddy easily.
cbpne

United States

#8 Sep 12, 2008
I don't remember that far back but I do remember when it was fun to attend both the fair and the parade. All the craft booths and such. i remember one year they had a fortune teller there that scared the bejeebers out of me.

I still go mainly for the kids art exhibit tyrone burger and the taffy. I never go to parade, an hour and a half of pagent winners is too much for me. I miss the tractors,muscle cars and the shriners.*sigh*
One who knows

Trumann, AR

#9 Sep 12, 2008
Maddchatter wrote:
Some fair memories for really old timers:
The strip shows in tents. They did a little dance out front, pay to see the show, thats right, hoochie-koochie shows were part of the fair. Most of you don't remember that one I bet.
The freak shows, again pay to see the show, mostly I remember Jolly Dolly the 500 pound woman, and the person who could be a mother or a father, and for 50 cents you could see the proof' and of course the two headed calf.
The ride through spook houses
The big tents full of new farm equiptment
The politicians giving out buttons and bumper stickers for free
The livestock show and judging
The year they gave away a new car every night of the fair. you got tickets for spending money at the sponsors all summer and every night they would draw out a number. You had to be there to win and we all stuck our tickets to poster boards and searched for the number every night at 11 PM
They dropped free ride tickets from an airplane over the parking lot by Simers Pharmacy and all the kids gathered to try to catch free tickets
everybody got in free
The fair was a lot different in the 50's.
I know I already posted this in another thread, but thought some might not have read it there.
I do remember the one who could be a mother or father and Yes I did pay my 50 cents to see the proof.

“oppps”

Since: Jul 08

Kennett

#10 Sep 14, 2008
I remember Curtis Stark pukin on me in the cages..........he was my buddy i couldn't get p***** at him for it.......
Petey

United States

#11 Sep 14, 2008
I remember the time I saw Jolly Dolly in her leopard bikini when I was about twelve years old. I was raised to respect people and was about to die when my buddy let out a tiny snicker. Couldn't hold it back then. We nearly died laughing and I knew my dad would inflict major pain on me if he knew. I bought an autographed photo for ten cents. She signed it (Susie Farmer) and wrote her weight on the back. The photo stayed on our refrigerator for a long time.
Kitty Kat

Welcome, MN

#12 Dec 19, 2014
......Hi my name is Kat ..Susie Farmer worked with my dads (Sailor Bill killingsworth) sideshow for quite a few years. She lived with us & my sister & I called her aunt Susie. She was an amazing lady with a heart much bigger than her size.)
kirsty

United States

#13 Dec 30, 2015
I have heard so many of these stories growing up from both my mom and my aunt kat^
kirsty

United States

#14 Dec 30, 2015
Also uncle swede
guest

Trumann, AR

#15 Dec 30, 2015
Why can't things be good like they used to be? Why do good things have to change?
guest

United States

#16 Dec 30, 2015
Ya now you gota have $200 or $300 to have a good time. It gets smaller every year. And cost more every year.

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