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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - August 30, 1917, Des Moines, IowaVol. Lxii. No. 35. Des Moines Iowa August 30, 1917. Whole no. 3125 w old glory flying from a thousand Flagstaff with troops every where and with such a martial spirit prevailing As was never seen on the grounds before and not in the state for Over fifty years the 1917 Iowa state fair held at Des Moines this week goes into history As a combination of agricultural Prosperity and patriotic ardor the like of which was never known in Iowa or any other state. Not Only were the agricultural and Industrial products of Iowa on display at Des Moines the Loyal patriotism of the people now literally at fever heat was likewise on display. If the 1917 Iowa state fair had to be summed up in one sentence it would read something like this the greatness of a people Manifest in the products of their Heads and hands and the Loyal Patriot ism of their Iowa is producing bumper crops this year. It has virtually completed the harvesting and the threshing of an oat crop the like of which was never seen in Iowa before bushels of Oats of a splendid Quality bringing 60 and even 65 cents a Bushel. It Hope fully awaits a Corn yield which May pass the 000-Bushel Mark and at 85 to 90 cents a Bushel bring to Iowa Farmers Well past a third of a billion dollars for their summer s work. In live Stock the prospects of profits were never better nor was there Ever such a determination to make Iowa forge still further ahead As the Premier Stock state of the nation. Farming enthusiasm is at a White heat. Yet Farmers Are not thinking of their immediate or future profits alone they Are patriotically dedicated to do whatever the nation May have need of them to do. It was with this spirit that they came to Des Moines in this spirit that they mingled with the thou f Nodi of soldiers saluted old aloft on the thousands of and talked the foreign situation Over some Merna s first-tr1ze Clydesdale Mare and foal . Times with bated breath to be sure but always with the feeling that the country and the Flag which have never Betoi whipped were still the grand est on Earth and that no sacrifice was too great to keep them preeminently in the Vanguard of Liberty democracy and civilization. Production and patriotism were the keynotes of the 1917 Iowa state fair. Detachment sent to France. Several Hundred Are guarding the immense Cantonment which is being built near Des Moines where to boys and men from Iowa and nearby states will be trained in soldiering. Several other Hundred Are members of various companies ranging from the signal corps to the ammunition train. Des Moines is practically Art armed Camp. These soldiers were Given the run of the fair grounds several thousand of them were encamped there awaiting orders to leave for the front. Altogether they made attraction greater than any the fair has Ever known. Friends and relatives flocked to the grounds to see them. Patriotic Iowa looked them Over some for perhaps the last time. There were soldiers everywhere. Every Day a different detachment drilled before applauding thousands. They went through the intricate Maneu vers with a hardly a flaw. Bugle Calls were constantly being heard the tread of armed Mea sounded above other noises flags were everywhere the fair had such a martial air As made every heart beat faster. Khaki Khaki everywhere and Iowa paying homage to a soldiery upon which his tory relies for the world to be kept Safe for democracy. With the exception of Mon Day Forenoon the weather was Ideal. Heavy Clouds obscured the Sun on monday morning and ominous rumblings of Thunder forecaster a bad Day. By noon How Ever the skies had cleared and save for the fact that it was unseasonably cold the Day was a Good one. Tues Day and the big Days of the Ideal for fair visitors a Little too cold to make Good Corn but just right for the arduous task of seeing everything the fair had to offer. The result was that on tuesday the at Tendance reached which was above the corresponding Day last year something like soldiers Are encamped in Des Moines this week. Two thousand of these Are coloured troops training to be officers. Over Are former National guard troops now in the Federal service or dered to leave shortly for Mineola Long Island to be a part of the next either on the grounds or Down town on page8.j and within 500 of the largest attendance the fair Ever knew tuesday of the 1913 exposition. When the Gates closed tuesday night the total at Tendance was which was above last year s figures. Wednes Day dawned ideally Clear and pleasant so that by Friday night the at Tendance should pass the third of a million Mark without doubt. This year s fair will make Money As it amply deserves. Not Only were the crowds larger but they were More Liberal than Ever with their Money so that almost each Day s receipts showed a gain Over last year. Admission prices were not raised and there were no incidents of overcharge ill i m this entries of the both in the Hay a kick classes att i k 1 my pm to text

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