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Counting down to fair: 1937-1949 (with photos from 2011)

2012 Fair Queen Kennedy Aldrich

According to a chronology supplied by Lloyd Grau, here is more fair history.

1937: Chelsea’s first Community Fair held Saturday, Nov. 13, 1937 in the high school gymnasium sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Chelsea and the Future Farmer Club of the high school.

1938: Articles of Incorporation and by-laws for a society to be known as Chelsea Community Fair, prepared by attorney James C. Hendley, approved by the club.

1939: An amendment made to the by-laws to provide places on the “directorate for two ladies.”

A scene from last year's Kiddie Parade.

1940: Death of E. J. Claire, president of the Chelsea Community Fair Association.

1941: Chelsea Community Fair held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4 at Chelsea High School.

1942: War bonds sold at auction with Billy Rogall, former Detroit Tiger shortstop and presently a member of the Detroit City Council, acting as auctioneer.

1943: “Due to so many having work connected with the World War II effort,” it was voted unanimously by members of the Chelsea Fair Association not to have a fair this year.

1944-47: No fairs during the war.

1948: Location for fair changed from school grounds to the Chelsea Implement Company on M-92.

1949: Fair held at Bowser Plants located on Old US-12.

What's a fair without rides?



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