Evolution Of The "Modern" State Fair | Walter Edgar's Journal - Episode 3


In this segment, Dr. Stroup discusses the development of the “modern” State Fair, starting in 1869. Starting in 1869, we see the growth of fairs showcasing both agricultural and industrial aspects. The founding of the State Fair in 1869 had political motives, with the goal of showing resistance towards Reconstruction. Dr. Stroup also discusses typical fair exhibits throughout the late 1800’s.  In the late 19th century, early 20th century, that is when fairs started showcasing things like “girly shows” and “freak shows.”