I. Surrounding towns had Fall
Shelton – 1904 – 1927+
2-3 days long in Sept, then Aug
Horse Races – new track built in 1904
One day declared Kearney Day –
1904 – car loads of people & Midway Band
1927 – About 20 cars of Kearney business and professional men and the
Industrial school band
II. Kearney – Corn Carnivals –
3-5 days in Oct or Nov
1906 – 1st Annual
Organized by Patterson & Wingard – farm
When Commercial Club organized in
1907, Patterson was 1st president
Commercial Club backing and participation in these corn shows
Held in their ware rooms
Exhibits of field & sweet corn, alfalfa brome grass seed
Also exhibits by individual farmers.
International Harvester and John Deere Plow Company exhibits
Corn hanging from the ceiling along with bunting.
Watson Ranch exhibit was a pyramid of baled alfalfa
Examples of the different crops grown
there on the ledges of the pile, including red, white blue corn.
Samuel Basset of Gibbon was the judge.
Top prize seed corn exhibits were taken to Omaha for state corn show
1908 – On the second floor of the Roe Building over the Kearney
Exhibits wheat and oats also.
Visitors could view them at their
convenience in Nov after 15th
1909 – [added the ladies]
Entries also included vegetables,
canned & baked items and sewing handiwork
1910 – Organized by Corn Show and Agricultural Association Meeting
Poultry and Horse exhibit added.
Classes divided between draft horses
used on the farm and horses used in town
Chrysanthemum show added by Nineteenth Century Club
Moving pictures on farm methods and machinery
Lecturer on modern agricultural methods
Referred to as the county fair
Buffalo County Corn Show and Agricultural Association had incorporated.
Planned to acquire 40 acres to the edge
of Kearney [didn’t say which side]
Build an exposition building
Merchants of the county to exhibit their wares.
“Exhibits of everything produced in the county and illustrations of the
best methods employed by farmers in the county would be shown in this
[Needs more research, maybe topic for next month]
1911 – Kearney Korn Karnival – October 9-14
Organized by (now Mayor J. W) Patterson &
Held back in company warehouse on 21st St between Central and First Ave
– 14 W 21st
(south side of street, west of Opera
House, Sears Bldg site)
Buggy Room – small exhibits
Back Shed – catalogues & educational pamphlets, farm implements & dairy
machines including cream separators
“Takes the place of corn shows of past years. “
New Features Not Found in the Former Corn Shows
1. American Beet Sugar Company Will Have Exhibit.
300 varieties of sugars from all over the world.
With 5000 acres of sugar beets grown in this vicinity
Patterson’s company was pushing for a sugar beet factory.
2. Hog show on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 a.m. to midnight
followed by an auction the following afternoon.
corn, potatoes, sugar beets, alfalfa bales & seed
Tallest corn stalk
Pumpkins & squashes “so big they might easily be mistaken for water
tanks if hollowed out”
Exhibits rival ordinary county fair.
No more Corn Shows after 1911
Commercial Club idea – 1911
Acquire land east of Chautauqua
Park to Central for fair grounds, race track, athletic park, ball grounds.
3 blocks from 5th to 2nd, 1-2-3 blocks wide
1920 – Fall Festival –
Sept 21-24 – same time as county fair
Parade with businessmen entering floats
Street exhibits open till noon, then reopen when fair closed at 6 p.m.
Daily balloon ascensions
One ring circus.
A carload of Rocky Ford melons ordered to be given away until gone.
A style show on a promenade to be constructed on Central Ave.
Everything free except auto races on the final day.
Booster trips planned to surrounding towns within 100 miles radius to
encourage attendance to both the festival and fair.
Trip was cancelled, to be four days
long and business men did not want to be away from their businesses that
1938 – Have a Fall Festival in your Home – old time fall festival
Do in your
home with food – nuts, grapes, pumpkins, squash,
followed with several recipes