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Milton in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Milton Fair

 
 
The Milton Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 22, 2015
1. The Milton Fair Marker
Inscription. The Milton Fair was first held in 1885. The annual event was conducted each fall and soon grew to become one of the largest annual events in the state. The organization that operated it was the Milton Driving Park and Fair Association. Located on the north end of Milton on the current site of Everitt's Fairground Golf Range, it was mostly an agricultural event similar to the Bloomsburg Fair.

The fairgrounds were substantial and included a horseracing track and grandstands. There was even a specially designated railroad siding for passenger excursions and "circus trains," as well as rides such as Ferris wheels and sideshow attractions. Fairgoers could pay to ride in biplanes commonly referred to as "barnstormers."

The Milton Fair ended in 1923 when the fairground buildings were destroyed by fire and never rebuilt due to the economic hard times of the Great Depression. Arson was suspected.

Left Photos
Above- not a real World's Fair of course, but the handbill details a few of the events at the Milton Fair in 1892.
Below - the horseracing track. The spectators' stand to the left is where the present day tee-offs are located at Everitt's Fairground Golf Range. The contour of the track in front of the tees is clearly visible to this day.

Right Photos
Left - a pusher-type biplane at the fairgrounds preparing

The Milton Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 22, 2015
2. The Milton Fair Marker
to take off on a hair-raising "barnstorming" tour.
Below - Clay-pigeon shooting competitions were among the many other events held at the fairgrounds.
 
Erected by Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 41° 1.229′ N, 76° 51.35′ W. Marker is in Milton, Pennsylvania, in Northumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Front Street and Broadway Street on N. Front Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milton PA 17847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Remembrance of Things Past" (here, next to this marker); Adult Baseball, Softball, and Basketball Programs (here, next to this marker); The Turbot Hills Golf Club (here, next to this marker); Riverside Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Milton's Early Park and Recreation Programs (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Lincoln Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary Centennial Park (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Rotary Centennial Park (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Milton.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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