It’s Fair Time!

The 152nd Oswego County Fair is soon to be upon us, for the past couple months many volunteers have devoted countless hours to setting up exhibits and maintaining the grounds. The Fair is again not charging admission, and the buildings and exhibits are also free. Prices vary on the midway and the grandstand, but are still quite reasonable.

Heritage Hall has a full week of events planned, with historians from the various townships onsite during their themed day. Several crafters will be on hand, demonstrating spinning, chair caning, weaving, quilting, tatting and crochet work. These demonstrations alone are quite interesting and worth the trip up to see.

On site photo scanning will take place again. If you have some precious photos you’d like to allow us to copy for our records this is a great time and place to take care of things. We will have volunteers behind the counter most of the day who can scan your photos or entire collections. Last year we had a few friends of the society come in with the proverbial shoeboxes, and they left with organized collections, in sheet protector’s compliments of the society. Please call ahead if you have a big collection, 532-5919 or the Hall 387-3257.

We will have Kelsey Munz of Osceola one of the days in the hall, playing her harp. As of this writing that date has not been set. On July 4, Florence Gardner is expected to play some patriotic tunes for us on her keyboard.

There will be iced tea and lemonade available most of the week, with fresh coffee in the morning. The Heritage Hall has two sitting area where folks can rest and enjoy a nice conversation. On Tuesday evening we will have our informal kick-off reception from 5-7 to coincide with “Special Times” on the grounds.

On Wednesday July 1, the commemorative stamping will take place from noon-3pm with the Sandy Creek Post Office on site. This year’s design is again from our good friend Heather Sweeting of Sterling, NY. The theme for Wednesday will be the Oswego River Valley towns of Volney, Oswego, Granby, Minetto, Hannibal and the two cites. Historians from these regions have been asked to attend and meet with people.

The parade will run through Sandy Creek on Wednesday night, and Jerry & Lorraine Orton will be part of the Half-Shire group marching.

On Thursday July 2, it is “North Shore day” where the theme will revolve around the towns of Constantia, West Monroe and Hastings. We expect to see many friends form this region.

On Friday July 3, it will be Central township day with Mexico, New Haven, Palermo and Scriba highlighted.

On Saturday we will honor our veterans with Military History Day. Researchers can consult experts on Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War topics on this day. Photos from the Pulaski historical Society World War I & II collection of servicemen will also be able to be perused.

On Sunday July 5 the eleven Half-Shire townships will be the focus: Albion, Amboy, Boylston, Florence, Osceola, Orwell, Parish, Redfield, Richland, Sandy Creek and Williamstown along with the villages of Lacona, Sandy Creek, Pulaski and Altmar. Local authors will be on hand from noon until near 4pm to sign books and meet with people.

10am and 7pm each day we are planning roundtable discussions on various history topics. Call ahead for more information, or check out the schedule as it evolves on our blog; halfshire.blogspot.com.

We had another error in the column two weeks ago, in the photo caption Olga J. “Pat” Frye was the proper listing, and I had “Pat” listed as a Weed, which was her mother’s name. Please let us know when we make mistakes so that we can correct them in print. Thanks to Leitha Wills for helping us there.

The June newsletter is out, and should reach homes by this column. We have enclosed a set of raffle tickets for your consideration on a beautiful American Flag design afghan made by Jodi Wickert of Pulaski. We don’t like to go to the members more then once a year on a raffle, but this was donated mid season and is a gem. A September 19, drawing is planned at the annual meeting.

We were very shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Jack Parker of Pulaski. Jack and Bonnie have been members for several years, and have been very supportive of our organization. Several years ago when the lawn mower in Richland broke, Jack donated one to us that lasted for over 5 years of continuous use, which if anyone is familiar with the size of our lawn, that is pretty good for a little push mower. Our thoughts are with Bonnie and the family at this difficult time.

Half-Shire can be reached at the fair all week, 387-3257 or on the web at halfshire@hotmail.com. Please stop in and see us during the week!

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