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A scene from the 2011 official opening of the Chelsea Community Fair

Here’s the second installment of the past history of the Chelsea Community Fair, which takes place this year from Aug. 21-Aug. 25 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary.

1891: Second annual fair of Chelsea Union Agricultural Society opened Tuesday, October, 1891.

1892: Highlights of the fair were horse racing and a balloon ascension.

Let the horses parade in 2011.

1893: Fourth annual fair of Chelsea Union Agricultural Society takes place on Oct. 11-13, 1893.

1894: Fair dates were Oct. 9-12. Highlights were horse races every day and a balloon ascension.

1895: Fair dates were Sept. 18-20. There was horse racing, a 1-mile bike race, a 2-mile bike race and a ball game between Chelsea and Dexter.

1896: Fair dates were Oct. 7-9. Receipts were used in the liquidation of mortgage and indebtedness on the grounds.

1897: No mention of a fair.

1898: No mention of a fair.

1899: Sale of fairgrounds and buildings on Saturday, July 1, 1899. George E. Davis auctioneer. Sale resulted in enough money to pay up mortgage.

The next chronology begins on 1937, to stay tuned for further updates.

What fair parade is complete without marching bands?

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