Maysville Kentucky Blog

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Germantown Fair Photograph, 1854

The fair in Germantown Kentucky has long been called "Old Reliable", and with good reason. Since 1854, the Germantown Fair has provided summertime entertainment for area residents. Horse shows, beauty pagents, rides, games, floral and agriculture exhibits, tractor pulls and more. Pictured above is the first Germantown Fair in 1854. It's a photograph that was used in the creation of one of the murals downtown. The Old Reliable Fair is going on now through August 5th at the Germantown fairgrounds. For event schedules, visit here.



John Henderson is correct. This photo is from the early 1900's. There are earlier photos from the 1880's but none I have ever seen from 1854, after all photography was in its infancy then, and daguerrotypes were the technology of the day

8:53 AM
John Henderson said...

This picture is not the first fair. The first fairgrounds were across the road from where this photo was taken. The first fair did not have a "grandstand". I have seen 3 or 4 of these postcards and all were postmarked between 1910 and 1914. Not that anyone cares.

1:24 PM

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