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Mary's Miscellanea: It's State Fair time!

Mary Phillips Modified: September 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: September 9, 2013
This week the State Fair of Oklahoma is coming to town.
Opening day is Thursday, Sept. 12.
I might not be there when the gates open, but when I go, I will stop by the Hobbies, Arts & Crafts Building to check my sister’s winning ribbons for her needlework and weaving.
Here’s hoping for two blues!!!
• 100 years ago
A photograph in The Oklahoman Jan. 1, 1913, showed the “latest” look at the fair.
The actual photograph has been lost to history, but you can still see it and much more in The Oklahoman’s Archives.
The fairgrounds were located at NE 10 and Eastern Avenue, where Douglass High School is located now.
• 75 years ago
The fair opened on Saturday, Sept. 24, 1938.
More than 5,000 people attended, but the front page news was Hitler’s threats against Czechoslovakia.
Oklahoma City’s fair-going citizens could still ride the trolley to the fair.
STATE FAIR/FAIRGROUNDS/MIDWAY/CROWDS/FAIRGOERS/CARNIVAL/TENT SHOWS: Crowds gather at the 1933 State Fair of Oklahoma at Northeast 10 and Eastern.  Oklahoman File Photo published 9/26/1933 ORG XMIT: KOD SF
STATE FAIR/FAIRGROUNDS/MIDWAY/CROWDS/FAIRGOERS/CARNIVAL/TENT SHOWS: Crowds gather at the 1933 State Fair of Oklahoma at Northeast 10 and Eastern. Oklahoman File Photo published 9/26/1933 ORG XMIT: KOD SF
• 50 years ago
A crowd of 80,824 people attended the 1963 State Fair.
The fair opened at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21 with astronaut Gordon Cooper’s mother, Hattie, cutting the ribbon at the main gate.
This was the ninth year the fair was in its new and current location at NW 10 and May.
• 25 years ago
This was one of the long fairs: It opened on Friday, Sept. 17, 1988, and closed 16 days later on Oct. 2.
The 82nd State Fair of Oklahoma opened with water rising from the newly renamed Constitution Fountain and the music from ”Oklahoma!” played by the Western Heights High School band.
The big news on the front page of The Oklahoman was Hurricane Gilbert hitting the Texas coast with 65 mph winds and up to 5 inches of rain.
State Fair of Oklahoma: A splashing, bubbling fountain is a welcome sight at the 1981 fair. (Original photo ran 09/27/81)
State Fair of Oklahoma: A splashing, bubbling fountain is a welcome sight at the 1981 fair. (Original photo ran 09/27/81)
If you come across the interesting or the odd or if you just have a question on Oklahoma history I might be able to answer, email me at mphillips@opubco.com


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