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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - March 22, 1917, Des Moines, IowaThan 145, vol. Lxii. No. 12. Lbs Moines Iowa March and own n the Center of what was formerly the largest pop Corn Section of the country the town of North Loup neb., annually holds a pop Corn Day Celebration which has brought Farmers and Tow Folk Ogeth _ a country c responded the i then the Ladie whole no. 3102 responded the i scially and commercially. For a town of 600 population the 1910 census gave North Loup Only 519 to entertain visitors and furnish them with plenty of free entertainment is a feat upon which any Small town could Well Pride it self. This is the record of North Loup about fifteen years ago the editor of the Loy Alist North Loup s local newspaper advocated the. Idea of having a fall festival which should be different from festivals. As the editor or. W. G. Rood said then and still says today any Village can have a fourth of july Cele bration and any one can be bored by attending. What we wanted was something he adds we got North Loup is a typical coun try town dependent upon the Trade of the farming Community around it for its Prosperity and existence. Unless the farm ers can be induced to do their trading at such a town there is Little or 110 excuse for its further existence. North Loup realized this and set about to make itself necessary to the Rural Section thereabout. A committee of three citizens was appointed to manage the festival. Then someone hit on a Happy idea. Around North Loup at that time from 10.000 to 15.000 acres tors who attendee to iffy shelled pop Corn or some 500 bushels of popped Corn to accommodate the crowds. Three Hun dred pounds of lard Are used to butter the i 11 .0 be held Why not glorify the product which the Countryside was shipping from coast to coast die product upon which Manv of the farms and merchants were growing we decided n test7ival pop Corn explains or. Rood. Our idea was to furnish free pop Corn Coffee Cream sugar crackers and games to the world provided the world could find us some one suggested it might be a Good thing to have some agricultural exhibits on display the idea took and look big. Over the Rural Telephone Parmera were invited to bring produce they Are crop and Anvil try displays with no Entrance fee. Races and games of every description free to everybody with one exception. Two years ago the baseball game turned Over to a separate association which now charges a nominal admission fee s Frel nov Ever everything All div Comers c0rn is free in in 1s Serveul free and nitwit. Hours each when everyone can have As Ota Desh is whether in be 01 a painful. About Lour big boilers of Coffee Are in vol away each serving Nvvf a Dav. In Ana Oyt be Sale of badges or memberships in the association mos of the local merchants contribute each the of the festival rom Liso to there Are no direct returns to the Mer chants inasmuch As the stores Are closed for the most part on the two Days of the Celebration. Dut there Are indirect returns and Lari feelin8 Between Tov Folk and Between merchants and customers. It is a big thing for the Mer comments or. Rood by enough so that not one of them would think of letting the season so by without the annual gather ing. The reason we serve every thing tree is because we found that too Many 0? our neighbouring villages were commercializing their gatherings. We invite peo pie to become our guests and we treat them As such making what we can of the advertising we have received. It makes Many regular customers for our Mer chants of those outside their ular territory. For instance Nave met Many men who have come through their own town in which a county fair was being held on the same Day in order to attend our festival the pop Corn Industry is wan ing somewhat around North Loup but a few years ago it was by or. Rood reports that it is not since he looked Over the books at the Railroad station and found that Here had been shipped that season 11j Al cars not Chi dog went by local freight Melr s a pop Corn a Rhose Days there were from to in 000 Ere Pante t0 Corn "n6w big noises at Ord our county lie adds and a Deal is raised there. Many of our Farmer a few acres they do. Not raise it almost exclusively. As they did former la. The Price varies the reason that nor much Rorn is Beim raised at to Atli Axxal and

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