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Backtracking: The Early Years: Notable departures, arrivals were made locally in September 1926

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Local news of September 1926 featured some comings and goings, from leisure time activities to religion.

As readers of The Oneonta Star learned on Sept. 11, “Aided by excellent weather which drew out a large crowd, the last day of the Oneonta fair was featured by the judging of horses in the forenoon, the big stock parade in the afternoon and the two closing races.

“The fair was one of the most successful held in years here, with a total attendance estimated at 50,000.”

With that closing, little did anyone know it would be the last fair, held on the grounds of what is today’s Belmont Circle neighborhood in Oneonta.

Despite the 1926 success, fair attendance had been declining steadily, while costs to operate and maintain the fair were rising.

The Oneonta Herald announced in the April 26, 1927, edition that the fair was to be discontinued and the grounds were to be plotted and sold for housing. The Oneonta Union Agricultural Society owned the property. The shareholders had met and agreed on the plan.

As for something new and on the religious front, The Star of Sept. 13 reported, “Yesterday was a day of triumph and deep spiritual uplift for the First Methodist Episcopal........

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