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COUNTY FAIR

On the first page will be found the list of premiums to be awarded at the County Fair, to be held in this city the 6 th and 7 th of next month. We wish to say something in reference to the prospects of the County Agricultural Fair. The Society has just leased another lot on which to hold the exhibitions. Said lease is to run fourteen years. The Society is now fitting up the grounds, which lie back to the North of the Catholic Church, on the North side of the river Raisin. The lot contains twelve acres and is a most desirable location for the Fair. A substantial fence is being put around the ground and a circular track one half mile in length has been made, which will be one of the best drives in this section of country. A well and other conveniences will be made before the Fair is held.

Now, what we wish to say is this. The Society is making a praiseworthy effort to place itself on a permanent, substantial foundation, and it ought to be encouraged by all friends to Agriculture and Mechanics. There is no denying the fact that, from various reasons, the Society has not been as prosperously, or as well managed as it deserved, and we took occasion last fall to say so, and gave our reasons for so doing. We think, from all that we can learn, that things are taking a better turn, and that all there is wanting to place our exhibition on a par with other counties is to have our farmers step forward and, unanimously, to help promote their interest. We feel assured, from conversation with the President of the Society, that it will be kept free from the control of any party or clique, and that exact justice will, hereafter, be meted out to all. We hope our friends will not be neglectful of the interests of the Agricultural Fair, and that they will, by their personal endeavor assist in raising the standard of our Fair to what it should be.

(Monroe Commercial, Sept 9, 1858.)


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