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The Chelsea Fair

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Lut Thunday opened ap as a fair day 11 whioli to vifit the Chelsea fair, and go ye local, in comptny with soine hundred or more Ann Arborites, vislted Chat thriving villnge to ace her first attcnipts at an animal fair. We were disappointed, but happily to. When it is remeinbered that only about hx weeks previous the present fair gi-ouuds were notbing but open field?, tbc transforination eeems like a minde We found not only handsome buildings for the floral hall and for the varlou8 offices, good sheds for the stock and tor all other needed things, but also a fine grand stand and judies' stand. We also found a half-unie track in excellent condition - in fact as fine a track as we have seeu in gome time. Everything was uew, neat and clean, and the cmulition of everything showed what an eaer?etic and go-abead comniunlty could do ïf they tried. Another thing quite noticeablo was that there wcre a great tnaiiy people on the groiuuls from Ann Arbor and vicinty. Besides about 100 wbo came upon he morning train there were very inany who drove up. There was a great simiarity in the faces of the crowd to those that were noticcd upon the Ann Arbor fair grounds, while those from Vpsilanti and vlcinity were not numeróos, but extreinely nun, Th is fact was noticed larticularly as man j of the Chelsea ieo)le have seenied inclined to help out Ypsilantl at Anu Arbor'g expense. We ïope that our good Chelsea people will in time conie to fcel üiflerently, and to work cordially with those who are naturally alüed to her ii each 0d every interest. The CENTER OF ATTRACTHIN of courae was floral hall, where all the fancy things were to be found. The adlel of Chelsea must be fully as enter)rising and busy as are the gentlemen, 'or the needlework, crocheting, embroidery, etc., etc., so finely, tastily and often delicately exeeuted was a sight wortli seeïng. There mi alniost everything in nseful and ornamental ai ticles that could De thought of, and inany of them must :iave required mucfa time and the patience of a Job to make. The various stores of the place had ïandsome displays alto. The dry goods firms of Parker. Kempf & Bchenok, and H. S. Holmes ifc Co., with their displays of elegant silks, saeques, oloaks, etc, were especial I y notieeable for the neatnes? and lieauty of the same. Then carne Woods & knapp and J. Bacon in the stove and hardware liue, F. Btaffitn in indertakiog goods, C. Steinbach and Eagb Sherry in harness and horse iurilshiags, Blaich Bros., canned goods, E. G. lloag it Co., with an elegant line of crockery and plush goods, Begole iV Mor;on in gents' furniahings, boots, (■hoes, etc., and ÍIÍS8 Clark and Irs. Ilooker in elegant millinery. Amonj; the enterprigin Ann Arbor firms displaying goods there was our genial friend Capt. Schuh witli the Davls sewing machine, Cousins & Hall with n tiandsome floral display, and Alvin Wilsey witíi musical instruments. The cereal, vegetable and fruit display occupied the south wing of the hall and was very good indeed. The buttcr exlihit was especially fine. The grounds are well adaptcd to the needs of the association, and no buildings are erected within the track to obstruct the view - a good thing. Around the fences are the sheds where cattle and horses were found in large numbers, and the sheep and swine exblblt was of a high order, so mimcrous that a deaorlptiOD of each would be imjo Bible. The wcather appeared to I e against the fair, for it raiued the first day of the fair, and on Thursday it turiiod cold along about 3 o'clock p. na., and drove the largo crowd home. Friday the bicycle races drew another large crowd, among them being many peoplo from this city and vicinity. The meinbers of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Club captured the greater share of the prizes. Geo. Keek took the first for the f ast mei , and Jlarry Niekcls took the %d. llarry also took the prizo for the slow race of 100 yards. In the foot race Aithur öweet of this city gave Chelsea's great runner a close cali and took the 2d prize. The following shows the number of entries in the different drpartmerit: Cnttle 7S Homes ia 8hccp H Hwlne n l'oultry 7 I.uilu-H Horserannshlp 2 Fruit Ml (}raln and Seeds yjt Vegetables 141 Agrlculturnl Impleracnts 41) Itllttcr. ('Iichmc, elc :VJ Domestlc Munulticl tires 7(1 Carrlages, Slelghs, Harncss, ele 10 Jol ner and Wood work j NwtM'tmeats 7É I'inu Arut si Floral Department 48 Neodlraml ('mchtt Work 21fi i.mlira' Mlsn-ilaiieoiiH üapartmant 42 üMllf(' " " 19 Llltle OlrU' Work n " Boys' ll 8 Total i.7:t'


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