The family of Margene (McDougal) Wright has collected a history of the Lane Agricultural Fair. We will be sharing much of this information on this page and invite others to contribute as well. There will much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.
Margene Wright Lane Fair Scrapbook
From "Memory Lane A history of Lane, KS & Lane High School" -
Fair Association -The District Fair Association of Franklin, Miami, Linn, and Anderson counties was organized in 1892. By mid-July the association had finished their premium list for the fall fair, and the dates for the fair were set for September 13, 14, 15 and 16. Large purses were arranged for the races so that good horses would be attracted here. The fair was held in the already established Lincoln Park. They had a week of beautiful weather, a good display and good attendance. The tabernacle had been cleared and was to be seen as the lady’s department of the fair. Much corn was on display as was tobacco. The display of stock was decidedly good, and there were horses of most every age and breed. The racetrack was in splendid condition, and there were entries to fill every race. The track here was pronounced by horsemen one of the finest in the state. The array and number of trotters, pacers and runners had not been excelled anywhere in the state.
On January 6, 1893, Clark Luzadder and his wife, Lucinda, deeded in the Fair Association their house and surrounding buildings on the west side of the park for use as a caretaker’s home. The house sat just north of the bridge on the east side where a clump of trees and a well curb stands yet today.
Sometime prior to 1928, Lincoln Park was sold to pay indebtedness of the Fair Association. Lewis Paul cleared the land of the beautiful walnut trees, and the first crop planted was watermelons. There have been many of the crops planted on the old park since.
On January 14, 1893, the District Fair Association held their annual meeting of stockholders and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: president, J.C. Wakefield: vie-president, C.H. Glinkman; treasurer, Dana Needham; secretary, D.H. Glore; assistant secretary, G.W. Nofsinger; and also elected seven directors as follows: W.H. Campbell, J.J. McCabe, W.B. LaFollette, Hen. Chambers, Clark Luzadder, G.A. Long and J.M. Byrd. The date for the second annual fair of the District Fair Association was set for September 19, 20, 21, and 22, 1893. Their show of livestock was good and also that of farm products. The speed program attracted a large share of attention and entries. One of the special premiums offered this year was a highchair of $3.00 value to be presented to the best baby (white) in the show. The award went to the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Coulter. (This was probably Ward Coulter, brother of the late Estella Bump.)
The program for the 1918 fair included the usual judging of cattle, horses, mules, hogs, sheep and poultry and exhibits in the Kreipe building. There was also music by the band, boys’ bicycle race, girls’ foot race and men’s cigar lighting contest on horseback and a grand parade of prize winners.
Early Newspaper Accounts -
The first Lane Fair was held in Lincoln Park September 12 - 16, 1892. As reported on page four of the September 16, 1892, edition of the Lane leader newspaper: “The Lane Fair - We have the products; we have one of the most beautiful parks in the state; we have the progressive and public spirited citizens – all of the elements it takes to make a good fair. We had the fair this week and the District Fair Association can congratulate itself upon the success achieved.”. You can view a copy of the entire article in the “Downloads” section below.
The Lane Fairgrounds and The Heath Building
The Lane Fairgrounds were donated to the City of Lane on August 8, 1947, by Flo Heath, a widow; Minnie Geurkink & Walter Geurkink, her husband; Thomas Riley Heath & Mattiperl Heath, his wife, being the sole and only heirs of J.F. Heath, Deceased. “As further consideration for this Deed the second party agrees that the building upon said lots is to be used by The Lane Agricultural Fair Association, and further, that the said building shall be known and designated as The Heath Building, as a memorial to Dr. J.F. Heath, the father of the grantors herein.” A copy of the Quit-Claim Deed Record, No. 153 is available for viewing in the “Downloads” section below.