|Posted on August 14, 2011 at 11:05 PM|
We just finished another week-long running of the bigger and better Huntingdon County Fair. The fair started in 1831. It is your typical county fair with food vendors, games, rides, livestock, exhibits, entertainment, truck and tractor pulls, and crowds of people.
However, the Huntingdon County Fair offers something unique for people like us...the Farm Museum. The Farm Museum not only contains antique tractors, but anything you can imagine that tells the history of Huntingdon County! I think you could probably spend all of fair week in the museum and still not see everything!
This year, there were many new items on display in the Farm Museum. One of the treasures that awaited me was the sign from Charlie Johnson's store, which can be seen in the photograph above. It is the red sign that reads "C. M. Johnson - Economy Stores." The sign was donated by Raymond "Pud" Morningstar and family. I attended the public auction when this sign was sold. It is when I purchased Mr. Johnson's obituary collection. There was a wonderful write-up below the sign, which can be seen below.
In keeping with the Entriken theme, another new addition this year, was an Entriken baseball uniform that was donated by Neal Houck.
And finally, there are just old favorites that I have to visit every year that bring back such fond memories. One of the exhibits I enjoy and have to revisit is the printing press and photgraphic materials that were donated by the family of the late Clair "Pappy" Hetrick. Pappy helped to foster my love of history. He lived close by, and helped me with my Civilian Conservation Corps paper in college. I was also fortunate enough to spend some time with him talking about the local history of the Woodcock Valley.
The Huntingdon County Fair has come and gone for another year, but there will be old friends to meet again next year, and maybe even a new treasure to be cherished in the Farm Museum.
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