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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - September 20, 1917, Des Moines, IowaThan circulation vol. Mil. No. 38. Lbs m01nes, Iowa september the 1917 him whole no. 3128 sea a 30 Illinois will celebrate the Centennial of its admission to the Union As a state next year. Elaborate plans have been made for the Observance of this great event. These plans include a Celebration in every county in the state culminating in a state fair As a Centennial exposition lasting several weeks with this object in View the 1917 state fair held at Springfield last was in the nature of a preparation for the still larger exposition which is to come next year and which is to Dis play the agricultural Industrial and educational advantages of Illinois to the entire Middle West a visitor could not wander casually Over the grounds at Springfield last week without being impressed by the fact that every department was laying a foundation for next year s fair not Only were placards distributed calling attention to the proposed Centennial but reference was constantly made to it while Farmers exhibiting this year promised to return next year with still better and More varied exhibits. The past Cen Tury has been one of splendid Progress for Illi Nois. Ranking As it does first in the value of poultry products and farm property second in the production and value of Corn and Oats the number and value of horses and the value of dogs and third in the value of combined live Stock Illinois has come to be recognized As the Premier agricultural state. With a bumper Small Grain crop this year and with every Prospect barring an Early killing Frost of a Corn crop which shall exceed bushels Illinois had every reason to make this fair a splendid one. That the Farmers appreciated this fact was evidenced by the Way they brought the pest of their Fields and herds and attended the fair in larger numbers than Ever before not withstanding unusually cold weather which resulted in a Light Frost monday night and unsettled labor conditions in Springfield with Conse quent unfavourable publicity throughout the All those that visited Springfield fully in Doyed the sights and pleasures of the fair. Next years Centennial will mean that the state fair which was held this year a week earlier than will continue not merely one week As heretofore but several weeks. Nor will this be the Only Celebration of the event in Springfield the program includes the unveiling of the statues of Lincoln and Douglas laying the Cornerstone of the Centennial memorial building and a great historical pageant. Next year s Cen Tennial fair will come about coincident with the Hundredth anniversary of the inauguration on the fair at vied with the one at Des. Homes Lincoln and Hamline the preceding weeks in the matter of military Maneu vers and patriotic celebrations. Several thousand Mem Bers of the Illinois National guard recently transferred to Federal service camped on the grounds and daily drills and exhibitions were of Toese soldiers have already been ordered to Long Island to join the next expeditionary Force to France so that the Springfield Maneu vers were in the nature of a Farewell to the Home folks. Flags were in evidence every where while men in Khaki were to be seen not in no no in and m their drilling grounds in the Center of the race but also through out the entire grounds. Artillerymen and infantrymen were present and with the utmost Good nature explained the manner of conducting mod Ern warfare to every interested visitor. This year s series of state fairs is marked by a More military aspect than was Ever in evidence before in fact at Springfield As at Des Moines Ham line and Lincoln the military Maneu vers were the greatest attraction to the majority of people the celebrated dome building which had a landmark at Springfield and which housed some of the Best exhibits the state has Ever made was destroyed last month by fire which left the once magnificent building a charred wreck. The steel Arches Are now merely a tangle the building being entirely destroyed because of its recent destruction the Merit was crowded for space and exhibits a re scattered about throughout the grounds so it difficult at times to locate them. The next legislature will no doubt take action to rebuild or the dome building. The need at Spring Field is of larger and finer buildings and accommodations and a state As great As Illinois cannot afford to be miserly when it comes to giving the fair the new quarters of which it stands so Muchtin need. Is Tea plug steady Progress in Dairy my. Not Only is the number of Dairy cattle increasing but their value is growing by leaps and. Bounds. It is Safe to estimate that has been added to he of the Dairy cattle of Illinois within the last 18 months. This being the condition it is not to be wondered at that the Dairy building is one of the most frequently visited and most interesting places on the entire grounds this year with the High Cost of living worrying the consumer More than Ever before the propaganda to. Popularize the Dairy products has Peen carried on More extensively and with further reaching results than Ever before thus in the Dairy building attention was called to the fact that 1 it. Of Cream equals in food value 36 2 02, of potatoes 15.1 of. Beef 51 of. Apples 9.2 of. Bread 17.7 of. Of eggs. The work of the cow testing associations was Well continued on Page 8. Sufi tit r
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