1929 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 15: CELEBRATIONS: ANNUAL AND SPECIAL EVENTS

1929 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY 


TAGS: 1917 Community Fair Day ; Farmer’s Meetings ; farmers ; Community Fair Days ; fairs ; Fair Day ;Harlan County, KY ;  foodways ; iron kettles ; awards ; prizes ; garden products ; poultry ; livestock ; cooking ; canned goods ; vegetables ; jams ; jellies ; home products ; flowers ; games ; Delia Creech ; Henry Creech ; Marguerite Butler ;hand sewing ; darning ; gourds ; blackberries ;  corn bread ; honey ; soda biscuits ; counterpanes ; spun yarn ; split baskets ; willow baskets ; woolen knits ; butter ; cabbage ; watermelons ; musk melons ; onions ; sweet corn ; apples ; chickens ; colts ; horses ; cows ; sheep ; sweet potatoes ; aprons ; quilts ;


The 1929 Fair Day was very similar to the very earliest celebrations in that it was dominated by visits from agricultural specialists and talks and speeches about agricultural and homemaking practices. The letters from Katherine Pettit to various state agencies and to leaders in Kentucky in the field of agriculture are found in the GALLERY below.  J.M. Feltner. of the Quicksand Agricultural Station of the University of Kentucky, William S. Webb, Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, University of Kentucky,  Myrtle Welden, State Leader of Home Demonstration Agents, University of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station, are just a few of the indivudual contacted to attend the event at Pine Mountain. The notes back and forth regarding getting to the School tell much about the transportation of the day.


GALLERY TRANSCRIPTION

  1.  May 14, 1929. Letter from Myrtle Welden, State Leader of Home Demonstration Agents, University of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station,  to  Katherine Pettit.  Accepts invitation to speak at the Pine Mountain Fair. Welden asks for directions to School.
  2.  May 17, 1929. Letter from Katherine Pettit to Myrtle Weldon.  acknowledging her letter regarding participating in the Fair Day. Pettit advises Weldon that Roxy Perkins, Home Demonstration agent in Harlan County will get her over the mountain.
  3. July 10, 1929. Letter from Katherine Pettit to Mr. J.M. Feltner, London, KY.  Pettit provides travel information for Feltner, a speaker at Fair Day if he is able to make the trip.
  4. August 12, 1929.  Letter from Katherine Pettit  to William Webb, Professor, University of Kentucky, [College of Agriculture, ?] Lexington, KY.  Pettit asks Webb to speak at the Community Fair to be held on September 29th.  She invites his wife Aileen [sic] along.
  5. August 15, 1929.  Letter to Katherine Pettit from William S. Webb, Profesor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, University of Kentucky.  Webb replies to Pettit that he will be able to speak at Fair Day but fears events may change on his end. He advises Pettit that his wife Aleen will accompany him to the School if by car but will not come if he comes by train.
  6.  August 21, 1929.  Letter from Katherine Pettit to William S. Webb, University of Kentucky Professor.  Pettit acknowledges his letter accepting the Pine Mountain invitation to speak at the Community Fair. She provides information on his travel and accommodations.
  7. August 27, 1929.  Letter from Katherine Pettit to Mr. J.M. Feltner. of the Quicksand Agricultural Station of the University of Kentucky.  Pettit advises Feltner of the best method of travel to the school and suggests that he pair with Miss Welden to come to the School. She advises that if he comes by train over the mountain, that the open cars…”are much more attractive that the closed box car.” Pettit wants to know if the two of them can arrive by Friday night.
  8.  August 27, 1929.  Letter from Myrtle Welden to Katherine Pettit.  Welden begs out of the complicated arrangements to get to the School
    “I am scheduled to judge your fair on Saturday, September 28. Since that time I have been scheduled to be in Quicksand for our Sub-experimental Station fair Sept. 25 and 26. I find that in order to get to Pine Mountain I will have to come back to Lexington and start all over again. Miss Hagman, our home improvement specialist, is in Berea, Madison County, on Sept. 26 and has the 27th open. Since she is already partly on her way, I am wondering if it would be all right with you for me to send Miss Hagman to take my place at your fair the 28th. She can take a bus from Berea on Friday arriving in time to take the Friday evening train to Putney, arriving in Pine Mountain Saturday morning. Mis Hagman is an excellent judge, a good speaker, and a very practical person. I am sure you will be very pleased to know her and to have her help. This change will certainly help me and I can state very positively that it will in no way handicap your program. Please let me hear from you regarding this.  ….I very much regret missing your fair, for I enjoyed my previous visit immensely and hope to be able to repeat it. 
  9.  August 27, 1929,  Letter from Katherine Pettit to Myrtle Welden, Extension Department, University of Kentucky. Pettit had not yet received the letter from Weldon declining to come to the Fair and she proceeds to advise her regarding transportation to the School.
  10. August 31, 1929.  Letter from Katherine Pettit to Myrtle Welden acknowledging her letter of August 27, 1929 in which she declined the invitation to come to judge at the Fair. Pettit agrees to the substitution of Miss [Ida] Hagman.  She shares with Miss Welden that  “…I have never felt quite save [sic] in having the Experimental Station men especially, select a speaker for us. Thompson Bryant came up one Fair time, fetching a very charming lady, who could speak well but she brought her samples of silk with her and spent all the time telling our audience how to match silks and colors and what kind of silks to buy., when we spend all our  time tell thing [sic telling?] that silk is not suitable for this part of the country and that the cotton dresses they have been wearing are better taste for the mountains. So if Miss Hagman can give one of the good talks that I have heard you give so many times, we shall be so glad to have her.”  Pettit then gives instruction for travel for Miss [Ida] Hagman.
  11.  September 4, 1929. Letter from Ida Hagman to Katherine Pettit accepting her invitation to be a judge and to speak at the Pine Mountain Community Fair. She notes  “…Will you kindly suggest a subject tat you think will have ab especial appeal to the women and girls? Do you think that they would be interested in a talk on the homemaker and her job, in which I should briefly analyze the difference between the house responsibility to achieve the latter? …”
  12. October 3, 1929.  Letter from Katherine Pettit to Ida Hagman.  Pettit thanks Hagman for her speech at Fair Day and noted that the people enjoyed it. She asks Hagman “I wish now that you could come up here sometime and go around the country with Miss [Miriam] Kingman to speak to the country folks all around and tell them what you told us on Fair Day and anything else you think they ought to know. Won’t you do this sometime?”
  13. September 4, 1929.  Letter to Katherine Pettit from Myrtle Welden. Welden advises Pettit that she will not be disappointed in Hagman. Welden suggests that Hagman accompany Mrs. [Roxie] Perkins across the mountain.
  14. September 11, 1929.

 

GALLERY


SEE ALSO:

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

GUIDE TO COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS

1914-1915 COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS – Farmer’s Meetings

1917 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1918 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1919 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1920 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1921 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1922 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

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