School Will Close for Two Days So Students Can Attend Fair

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Wednesday, October 2, 1912:  I guess I’ll go tomorrow. We have Thursday and Friday off. Think I’m glad of it

Milton, PA

Recent photo of Milton. In the early 1900’s,the fairgrounds were north of town.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma  was referring to the Milton Fair in this post. The previous day, she mentioned that it was fair week.

It’s interesting how the school closed for two days so that students could attend the fair. What was the educational aspect of the fair? . . .or maybe the teacher just figured that students would skip school anyway for the fair, so he might as well give them the days off.

I think that when I was a child that we got a half day off to attend another fair–the Bloomsburg Fair. I wonder if schools do that any more.

9 Responses

  1. Most likely many of the students were involved with the fair, either as workers or exhibitors. This was the case when I was growing up. Good thing that it was during the summer or many people would have skipped school.

  2. We still have a day off for the “show” as we call it…an agricultural show. It happens around Australia. Don’t know what the rationale is exactly: educational, the opportunity to spend $$, the chance to learn about rural life????

  3. I don’t remember being off for a fair. Non of the schools in the areas that I have lived in do that. Interesting.

  4. Here in Wisconsin school is still closed for at least 1 or 2 days for the fair. Always has been! It is a rich agricultural community and the everyone is involved in the fair in some way or another.

  5. We were off for a half day but when my children were in school, the practice was long gone. My children’s teachers sent notes concerning the day the class would attend the fair, so, they still got their half day. My local fair begins this week and there will be school buses taking children to the fair.

  6. Yes, it reminds me of the State Fair and the students may have entered projects for agriculture or the arts.

  7. [...] went to the fair in the nearby town of Milton. She wrote the previous day that she planned to [...]

  8. [...] sister Ruth?  She was a teacher at a nearby school. Maybe Ruth didn’t give her students the day off like Grandma’s school [...]

  9. [...] Grandma’s school was closed the previous two days so that students could attend the Milton Fair. It’s hard to get back to the books after a long break. [...]

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