From fair horses to war horses

  • A sprinkling of rain did not mar the opening day of The Washington County Fair in 1885.
  • On Oct. 10, 1874, the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported that Evan T. Sprague, “not yet 12 years old,” won 13 of the 38 premiums at the Vermont State Fair.
  • On Aug. 22, 1890, The Morning Star reported that a “genuine Coney Island clam bake” would be served at he Sandy Hill fairgrounds each day of the Washington County Fair Sept. 8–12.
  • On Aug. 30, 1919, The Post-Star reported that 10,000 people attended the Washington County Fair the previous day on an almost perfect closing day.
  • Maggie Johnson, a farmer’s daughter, with a time of 51 seconds, won the prize at the Green County Fair for the person who could harness and unharness a horse the fastest, The Morning Star reported on Oct. 3, 1887
  • The Saratoga County Fair in 1888 paid out $1,387.75 in prize money — — the equivalent of $42,233 in 2022 dollars — to 180 contestants. Prizes ranged from 25 cents to $91, The Morning Star reported on Sept. 22, 1888
  • The Morning Star on Oct. 1, 1888, republished a Fort Edward Advertiser report about attendance at The Washington County Fair.



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Maury Thompson

Maury Thompson


Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY