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Lagoon & The Fair, Part III: The World’s Fair

The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was held in Chicago as a tribute to four centuries since Columbus landed in North America. It would become recognized as a pivotal point in history and culture. Many innovations were introduced at or inspired by this fair including the Ferris Wheel, the Midway, Cracker Jacks, Juicy Fruit gum […]

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Lagoon & The Fair, Part I: The Davis County Fair

In the days before big box retailers and internet shopping, state and county fairs were prime opportunities for exhibiting locally-produced goods to nearby areas, aside from being major community events. It was especially important in the comparatively isolated settlements of Utah before the introduction of major railroads. The first territorial fair was held as early […]