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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta me ICTHMIOOf MMU> Srfvnby, Arfy 14. Fairs history long, sometimes brutal Talent contest, Youth building 6a destination' The Youtharama Building will be a destination during Whooo-Up not a thor- oughfare, says Peter Sikora, youth exhibition chairman. The main attraction in the building wiB be the coffee boose which will operate under a "Moulin Rouge" theme this year, Mr. Sikora said. Enter- tainment in the coffee house wiQ be provided by young peo- ple from all over Southern Al- berta who will compete in a talent contest that offers in prize money. Running from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, the latent contest wffl provide a wide variety of entertainment. A fashion snow in tie coffee house Tuesday and Friday will center around the theme of "Hie OH West." During the day, the youth ex- hibition wifl offer films and music for coffee house patrons. "Something wiH be going on in the coffee house all the Mr. Sikora said. The other half of the Youth- arama Building will be devot- ed to youth oriented displays and concessions, including a Penny Arcade. Mr. Sikora says the board hopes to bring in park benches and potted trees to help give the building a boulevard type atmosphere and make the building a "place to stop at and come back to." Two dances on the weekend will wrap up the youth aspect of Whoop Up" Days. Both dances wffl be held in the Ex- hibition Pavilion. Moses will play for the dance scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Friday, and Kathy and the Kool-Aid Kids wffl provide the music for the dance at 10 p.m. Saturday. Friday has been set aside as Youth Day, and the young peo- ple will be out to set some new records in some far-out and wacky .contests. Andy Andrews Ex manager By ANDY ANDREWS Manager, Lethbridge Exbibitiwi have an interesting his- tory and are mentioned in the Old Testament. The first fairs of which we have any real re- cord were the fans put on dur- ing the reign of the Egyptian Empire. These were not much differ- ent than the fairs we see today. The Egyptians irrigated fhe Nile Valley and were soon feced with a surplus of wheat, cattle and farm produce, very much like some situations we get into now. So they set up trade fairs that travelled through neighboring provinces and displayed and sold wheat and other agricul- tural producis. They were pos- sibly the first agricultural fairs and were accompanied by side- shows, jugglers, fortune toners, Special days set for fair week Whoop-Up Days is for every- one, but each day has been set aside in honor of particular groups. Monday is District Day, hon- oring members of communities surrounding Lethbridge. This day has been so designated since many district people come into Lethbridge for the parade and stay for the day. Tuesday is Pioneer Day in honor of the older people who contributed to the development of Southern Alberta. Wednesday is Kiddies' Day, with a special grandst d show 10 a.m., free kre cream and reduced prices on the rides. Admission to the grounds will be free for those under 14 until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Thursday is Citizen's Day an features the opening of the rodeo at 8 p.m. Friday is Youth Day, with special activities for teenagers, including wacky contests and a dance at 9 p.m. in the Exhibi- tion Pavilion with Moses pro- viding the music. Saturday is Family Day with the midway, exhibits, conces- sions, races and the rodeo going fuH tflt until the official dos- ing of the fair at midnight. Leroy Van Dyke leRoy Van Dyke, noted country and western singer, is the star of the LeRoy Van Dyke Show scheduled for the grandstand Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. during Whoop-Up Days. One of Mr. Van Dyke's early hits was "The Auctioneer." games of chance, and also many sports events such as horse racing. Another type of fair popular in this period was a slave fair in which slaves were judged much like the cattle are today. Prize money was given to the owners of winning slaves. Cortez staged a fair for the Aztecs in Mexico. He encour- aged them to bring, out their gold jewels and display them. After the judging was over, he slaughtered aH the exhibitors and took the spoils back to Spain. This is one way of pay- ing for a but we probably would not get away with it. It is interesting to note that the sheaf of wheat displayed in our seed fair is 5% inches nd, exactly the same size as sheaf of wheat displayed in Egyptian fairs. Since the time of the Egyp- tian Empire, fairs have been traditionally agricultural. In the past few years, more em- phasis has been placed on agri- cultural products, and urban people are taking -mere of a part in fairs. The Exhibition in Leth- bridge took place in 1896, and the present grounds, grand- stand, Mrns and race track were built in 1912. Most of the buildings built then are still hi use, an indi- cation of tiie farsightedness of the people of that time, since the population of Lethbridge at the time .was only about people. The Lethbridge Exhibiton As- is composed of 15 di- rectors elected by sbarehold- Shareholders each'have a share in the organization. The association is a non- profit organization, and all revenue earned can only be i .t on improvements and ad- ditions to the grounds and buildings. Dividends cannot be paid to shareholders, and shares cannot appreciate in value. The purpose for the associa- tion is for the promotion of agriculture. Fire force Cars, bikes draw prizes on Two cars and six 10 speed bicycles are the prizes hi the annual Lethbridge Kinsmen Cer Award during Whoop Up Days. The cars, a 1973 Dodge Charg- er and a 1973 Dodge Colt Wa- gon, win be drawn for Satur- day night. The bicycles will be given away in nightly draws Monday through Saturday. Tickets are available from HJEDStDdl tit loft OB JOB Grounds or at moat stores in downtown Lethbridge. Firemen win not be on duty at the Exhibition Grounds during Whoop-Up Days this but wfll handle emer- gency calls to the grounds from regular fire stations, says Fire Chief WQf RosseU. ;