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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas OPINION Comal County Fair the place to be this week HERALO-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publiiher and Editor Doug Toney Munajmg Editor Autumn PhiHipi    Circulttton Otrtctof JtW Am Min»ginq fdito» Sfitw'l»wn    Copy «lím K»l* AT ISSUE The 118 th Comal County Fair opens this week in New Braunfels OUR VIEW The fair IS the place to be. You don’t want to miss this timeless tradition n this era of high definition this and cyber that, do you find yourself longing for something simple and just plain fun^ If so. this week New Braunfels and Comal County offer the perfect break from pointing and clicking. The Comal County Fair opens today, and it's definitely the place to be -- and has been for the past 118 years, ___ The sights, sounds and smells coming from the fairgrounds will create a sensory time machine that transports you back to an era when life was less complicated Your memory banks will overflow with good thoughts of days gone by as you stroll along the carnival mid-w'ay you'll simultaneously find yourself writing new chapters in your life story filled with timeless experiences with your children and grandchildren But the Comal County Fair isn't just about the rides The exhibits are equally impressive. There's something about seeing your child's artwork or your grandmother s famous strawberry jam on display that stirs a healthy measure of pride within you And don't forget about the rodeo, cookoff. bands, shows and the many other traditions to numerous to list here The Comal County Fair offers a whole lot of fun for modest admission fees of $5 for adults (12 and older) and $ I for children (6 11) Children 5 and under get in free. f he fair runs through Sunday, and we encourage you to visit the event early and often. It s a great tradition that s endured the test of time — one that never gets old and only gets sweeter like a fine wme For fair information, visit Then sfiut down the computer for a while, put on your cowboy boots and hat and head to the fairgrounds We'll see you there' • • • • • While you're taking a break from the high-tech world at the fair, the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung will be expanding Its presence on the World Wide Web — with the help of iReporters like you. We'll be featuring your photos and videos from the Fair on Send your photos and videos (YouTube links work best) to news«herald-zeitungjcom. We'll also be posting the results of the fair’s many contests on herald-zeitung com as soon as we get them Fans of the Fierald-Zeitung's Facebook page and New-BraunfelsFIZ on Twitter will get breaking news alerts noti fying them of when this material is posted. JODU l\ HIST’OKV Ifie Absocialef] Press Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2011 There are 102 days left in the year Today's Highlight in History; On Sept 20,1911, the British liner RMS Olympic collided with the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Hawke off the Isle of Wight; although seriously damaged, the Olympic was able to return to Southampton under its own power. On this date; In 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships to find a western passage to the Spice Islands. (Magellan was killed enroute, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.) in 1870, Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy In 1873, panic swept the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the wake of railroad bond defaults and bank failures. In 1884, the National Equal Rights Party was formed during a convention of suffragists in San Francisco; the convention nominated Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood for president. In 1958, Martin Luther King Jr. was seriously wounded during a book signing at a New York City department store when Izola Curry stabbed him in the chest. (Curry was later found mentally incompetent.) In 1962, black student James Meredith was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Gov. Ross R. Barnett (Meredith was later admitted.) LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns of up to 500 words. Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo, The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reiect all submissions All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed. Submit letters •    By e-mail to; [email protected] /eitung com •    Online at: •    By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung PC Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78130 •By fax: (830)606-3413 •    In person: 707 Landa St. \T TIIKSOnilKNIMIKi ; SoptiieiibdTQ [itioto Drought dried up the landa Park Springs in 1954, '55 and ’56. but the Comal County fair rocked along in the dust. Drought, floods, and war affect Comal County Fair There were only three times in the long history of the Comal County Fair that the fair was postponed. Iwo times had to do with weath er and one time had to do with war The very first lair was scheduled to be held in November 1893 I he recent ly organized Comal County Fair Association, under the leadership of Harry Landa, chose Landa s Pasture for its location (LCRA latei on). I he Association owned no prop erty so it rented this pasture from Landa for four years Because of a drought, the dust was so bad that the fair had to be postponed until the following November of 1894 The next time tlie fair was postponed was 1942-1946 Like so many events, the Comal County Fair was put on hold during World War II. The last year of a full-scale fair was 1941 The war was a sad time and celebrating just wasn't in the plans. Trying to keep the fair alive, the directors carried on small stockshows and rodeos v/ith no pnzes, in other words, nothing that involved money MYRA LEE ADAMS GOFF COLUMNIST New Braunfels' Centennial in 1945 was postponed until the following year The Centennial Fair of 1946 was the first complete fair in five years It was good to cele brate with a fair and a parade Read about this Centennial Fair at Sept 22, 2009, The NBHS band led the parade in their brand new blue and white wool uniforms. With military precision, the band played the John Philip Sousa march es The pet parade was a huge success and this led to an even bigger pet parade the following year with 120 pets entered, even a zebra, a baby donkey, squirrels, foxes, an Afncan tiger in a rolling cage lliere were 36 horses from the Mission Valley Guest Ranch. Ihe next year. because of several anthrax cases m the county, the Fair Association eliminated all livestock exhibits and shows. The parade banned all hoofed animals and of course that meant horses The years 1949 and 1950 were really boom years for the fair. Unusual animals started appearing in the pet parade. Joyce Eberhardt entered a doodle bug and won the smallest pet category. What ever happened to doodle bugs^ 1 haven't seen one m a long time, but I recall how entertaining they were on the Lamar School playground. Horse races were popular and Reagan Calhoun, rodeo chairman, reported that he was looking for broncos that were 'really mean,” Also on the rodeo grounds Walter Sippel demonstrated Fiarness racing. This was a sport that had been featured in the early years. Sippel was considered one of the outstanding harness race men in the southwest. Let's jump up to 1954 This was the beginning of the worst drought in the history of the city The average rainfall for New Braunfels is a little over 30 inches In '54. the yearly rainfall was slightly over 10 inches The drought lasted two more years with 23 inches in '55 and 18.44 inches in '56 This tliree-year period was when the springs dried up, there was no water in Landa Lake and both the Guadalupe and the Comal were reduced to a mere trickle. The fair rocked along in the dust Does anyone remember the city water trucks that sprinkled the roads to try to eliminate the dust^ Now jump forward to 1957 when the rainfall for the year was 51 88 By Wednesday when the carnival rolled into the fairgrounds, eight inches of ram fell so, they just parked on the paved center street of the grounds The fairgrounds turned from a lake to a swamp —- just dned up grass and mud, and lots of it. The fair was postponed for two weeks. Tfie Comal County Fair generates much interest and enthusiasm year after year. It becomes part of childhood, growing up, and part of old age The show must go on.Why hasn't the dty repaired dty park? It s a damn shame that the poor City of New Braunfels cannot repair the damage done to the city park It has been over a year since the damage occurred, and it's still not fixed. 1 will bet if It had affected the operations of Schlitterbahn it would have been repaired in a week But. it IS only used by local tax paying cit izens so it is OK' Right^ I don't think so. Harry Bauman Now BraunfelsJob creators need to live up to their titles An open letter to those whose signature appears on the front side of a pay check, the job creators All your power, all your plans and all your money mean nothing unless, and until, you put someone to work. Why not follow the example of the Creator-’ He employed humankind to complete the creation of the universe. Therefore, job ere ators. to fulfill your creation, hire a human a put him to work Prove your alleged love of God and country Saul Adame New BraunfelsNixon, not Obama, worst president in history I have read with amusement the letter exchange between John Neely and Saul Adame. Contrary to Mr. Neely’s assertion that Mr. Adame is making excuses li:ttkks I'irniK I'Ditok for President Obama's failures, nei ther Mr Adame nor 1 need to make excuses for the president's accom plishnients. Ifiey speak for themselves. Had the president done nothing more than to avert the catastrophe threatened by the failed economic policies of the previous Republican president, he would deserve tfie gratitude of tfie American people. As for President Obama being the worst president in Mr. Neely’s life time, was he not living when Richard Nixon was president? I remind Mr Neely that this president resigned to avoid impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors. Neither President Carter nor President Obama fias brought such shame to the office oFpiesident of the United States President Nixon is the clear and undisputed winner of the "worst president” designation. After him, the selection of “worst president ■' becomes subjective and politically influenced. Although, it IS interesting and possibly suggestive that even Republicans have difficulty finding anything positive to say about the Bushes (father and son). However, I am quite willing to leave It to historians to evaluate the accomplisfiments and the records of our presidents Elmo L FIsctier New BraunfelsDrink all you want, but don't trash the rivers Two young men received ABC News’ ’’persons of the week;” they are on a trip across America to clean up roadways and streams, of what someone called pollution. Others join them to help to rescue the country from this trash, mostly empty cans of beer and soft dunks. We understand —- oh too clearly! The city is desperately trying to save our rivers from that kind of pol lution. Bring your drinks if you float, but don't bring them in a disposable container that is thrown "out the window" or dropped into our rivers. It isn't only cans, also items such as bags handed out by outfitters that become litter in Lake Dunlap and farther down Don't trash, lexas It isn’t out of sight out of mind. This pollution IS destroying our ecosystem in the Comal River and possibly fartfier down the Guadalupe as well, Dnnk your beverage; just don't deposit the empties in our cold, clear waters Myrtle Vol^ Clark New Braunfels ;