Our Past | 1954: NCW District Fair just around the corner

Selected by Karen Larsen

This article, published in the Sept. 9, 1954 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, gives some details about that year’s North Central Washington District Fair. At that time, the fair was held in the middle of September. Horse races have been an important part of the fair since its early days.


Final Plans Set For Six-County Fair Here Sept. 17-19

Final plans are complete for the annual six-county North Central Washington District Fair here next weekend, Sept. 17-19, Andy Janssen, president, announced today.

Janssen said that 38 horses have been entered so far in the three-day racing program. Twenty cutting horses have been engaged for the cutting horse competition.

There are improved facilities at the fairgrounds for the spectator and exhibitor alike. A new building has been added for the commercial exhibits. The 4-H demonstration building has been completely remodeled and equipped, Janssen said. This week the Wranglers and Fair Committee have been painting the grandstand. Two new stands for entertainment programs have been constructed.

The fair entertainment program this year will feature Jack Cavanaugh and Co., Harry Todd and Co., and the Sing Lee Troupe.

The Sing Lee Troupe is made of jugglers who will perform balance and novelty acts.

Jack Cavanaugh, the musical cowboy and one man band, will perform a feat of throwing knives at a human target while revolving at high speed. An expert with the Australian bull whip will do trick and comedy roping.

Harry Todd and Co. will do acrobatic, novelty and judging acts with trained dogs. The Todds’ younger son is a show-stopper with his novelty acts.

The Fair Committee consists of Andy Janssen, president; Robert Hensel, vice president; G. Merton Dick, secretary-manager; and Stanley Allen, treasurer.