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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta y, Auoult 52, 1W2 THf 1J Dry Land Congress brought Lethbridge iatne By HA'ITIF. T. niKSTUH In llrrulll won international ifttentiun in UK? field of agricul- lure Odolxir when Hie Dry Land Congress was con- vened for the first time in Can- ada. This organization had meeting for a number of years in (he dry regions of mid-west- vrn and western United Slates, but little interest in the group had been shown in Canada un- til ifloa. Dr. W. H. FairfieW, director of tlic Dominion Experimental Farm, Lclhbridge, look a bu- shel of hard red Atlwrla wheat to the Dry Farming Congress In Wyoming, to make compar- isons with wheat on exhibit there. His sample look first prize, and Ihis drew Ihe interest of the l-ethbridue Hoard" of Trade. The following year the board nl trade sen) a carload of dele- gates from and the .surrounding area to the con- gress at Hillings, Montana. There were four exhibits from Fort Macleod, Caril- i-lon, ami (.clhliriilce, arid these were consiu'ert.'d a provincial exhibit by Die congress. J.clliliridge v.-nn first for winter whoal, anil Ihe four exhibits second prize for UK- slate or provincial ex- hibit. A Mr. MeNlchol took the ex- hibit to Omaha, Nebraska tlie same and Hie Hnthcrford government of Allxjrta to defray expenses. 'Die next year the pl'Ovincc sent fin exhibit to the congress at Spokane, Washington, and hid to have the Congress meet at in mil, but Colo- rado Springs had a prior bid. Again tlie province sent an exhibit to Colorado Springs. One hundred and ninely dele- gales, mostly from Southern Al- beila accompanied the exhilv taking with them Lelh- bridgc's famous Killie Hand, which was a soiwation at the Kress. Tlie bid of Ix'lhhridfte for lire INI2 Congress was accepted, the first recognition Lliat the Con- gress was international in tcope. From (he time the bid for the Congress accepted, the cily was a hive of activity. A iKispitalily commilloe under Ilic clrnirmanship of II. .1. Gooclc began preparations for the thousands who were expected to flock to Ihe cily. Nine hundred cots were rent- ed from Calgary. Three were complete witli bedding and were set up in halls ami schools. opened their homes, aecnrnmodating a.s many visit- ors a.s possible. Canadian I'm-ific Ilailway supplied .six s'amt' rd sh'v'Hng and tln-ce loiiii.sl sleep cr.s, which were erinvemc'illy located in tlic CI'H yards', where special trains to UK: con- gress were also placed. H. Sherlock placed Die two upper1 stories of his block at Ihe disposal of the city, and Hawden Bros, gave and furniture. This accommodation WHS placed at the disposal of Ihe ladies of the press, and the lady delegates. The Exhibition Grounds, or a.s it was called at that time, the ,Fair Grounds, were spruced up for the occasion. One of llw buildings used in later years for exhibits of cooking and handicraft exhibits was built at Hint time, and the handsome old gates, removed n few years ago when the new ones were built, were erected at the en- trance. Soon exhibils sturled pouring in. Boxes piled up at the CPU station, and there were car- loads of exhibils on Ihe tracks. Vho.se, of eoni'se. were of a perishable nadir e. The other we-.slern provinces wei'c invited to send exliibils, and all did so, sending samp- le's of all types of products, minerals, fish, a.s well as vegetables, grains and fruits. The Canadian Pacific Rail- way exhibit was also note- worthy, as it contained exam- ples of all products of the Prairies and the raisl prov- ince, among which were a num- ber of specimens of fur-bearing awl game animals that attract- ed much attention at Ihe Con gross. The Saskatchewan exhi hits drew the crowds with a stream of golden wheat which poured over a small Niagara. All exhibits were most at; tracfively displayed, each one having a special focus of in- lerest. Among Ihe displays was one from the Republic o( China, showing the interest of foreign countries in Ihe congress, to which many countries sent rep- resentatives. The exhibits were, however, limited to Ihe North American continent. The congress was officially opened by Lieutcilar.f GovernoV Bulyea. He was resplendent in his Windsor uniform and was nliended by an honor guard of Hoyal Canadian Mounted Po- lice. Oilier notables allcnding were, Hon. Martin Durcll, the then federal minister of agri- culture, who addressed the con- gress; Hon. Cieo. W. Drown, U. CJov. of Saskatchewan, Ihe Looking for 'Joe' Tarnovo? I'M NOW OPERATING JOE'S MOBILE HOMES Located