The Concord Fair

One of the most interesting and successful annual State Fairs of the country was that which has just been held at Concord, N. H. It had all the attractive features which usually pertain to such occasions, with many unusual and novel attractions. These were so varied and numerous that an attempt at their enumeration is practically out of the question in any general account of the Fair. Such an attempt will not, therefore, be made in this account. Suffice it to say, that annual fairs conducted as was this one are of immense benefit to the people of the state in which they are held. They tend not only to show that the people are wide awake to public interests, but that they have a special pride in showing the world the results of their industry and enterprise. They moreover stimulate a laudable ambition on the part of the citizens, causing them to take greater pains to produce the best results and keep up the latest in all departments of industry, not the least of which are those of the agricultural and horticultural interests. These interests were admirably represented at the Concord State Fair, while all other leading industries made a most creditable showing.

The Old Granite State is surely to be congratulated on the evidences of the great enterprise and material conquests exhibited at this annual exposition. Her citizens may well be proud of the showing. The general interest in the Fair was shown by the large attendance of people from all parts of the State and from many places outside the State. The present year eclipsed last year in the number in attendance.

August 27 was Children's Day at the Fair, and all the children were admitted to the grounds without cost. Rich and poor alike availed themselves of the opportunity, and the grounds were crowded with children, to whom the day was indeed an enjoyable and a memorable one. A leading feature of this day was a contribution by our Leader, the Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy, of about two hundred pairs of shoes to children. Mrs. Eddy had given out word that she would contribute a pair of shoes to all children who needed them, and the number mentioned availed themselves of her generous offer. She did not present them in person, but made arrangements with a shoe dealer to have a man on the grounds to whom the children could apply for orders for the shoes. The hearts of the little ones were made glad by this thoughtful act of charity.

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Mrs. Eddy's Appreciation
September 5, 1901

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