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Counting down to fair: 1970-1977 (and that’s the end of the chronology)

Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth loves a good parade.

1970: M. J. Anderson, chairman of the Children’s Day activities for many years of the Chelsea Community Fair died, March 4 in Mesa, Ariz.

1971: A proposal to buy more land to be used to increase parking area discussed at meeting held Tuesday evening, Feb. 23. Fair board favored building new kitchen facilities on fairground site.

1972: Mrs George Heydlauff (Wanda Eschelbach) who had the honor of being crowned first queen of the Chelsea Community Fair in 1950, died on June 10, 1972.

1973: Under the weekly date of July 12, 1973, noted was the “Little Red School House” that stood on the Chelsea Fairgrounds for nearly 20 years, became rubble and kindling this week.

1974: First taste of Demolition Derby for fair-goers was held Thursday, Aug. 29.

1975: In July, fair board announced new bleachers were ordered to accommodate 520 people in the grandstand. Fair board also purchased 10 more acres making a total of 23 acres now available for community fair activities.

1976: Char Steinaway the first and only woman to date to have participated in the Demolition Derby captured second place.

1977: New barn built east of green building at a cost of $16,000. Local contractors were Bob Bauer, John Klink and Earl Heller.

You never know what you'll see in the Chelsea Fair Parade.


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