New London in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
New London Fairground
Thousands of people attended the fairs annually. They compared exhibits of livestock, vegetables, flowers, and needlework. Local merchants showcased their wares in a variety of displays. Trained dogs and goats performed stunts, while grafters hoodwinked people with games and ruses. Children of all ages were entertained by a steam–powered “whirly-go-round.” An annual feature of the New London Fair was the harness races. Horses came from throughout the Midwest to compete for cash prizes ranging from $75 to $450. The track record was set in 1899 by Maurine, a horse owned by Cannon. The time was 2:17.
Special attractions highlighted some fairs. In 1897, 3,000 fairgoers stood in the rain to hear Wisconsin politician Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette espouse the direct primary. In 1910, fairgoers witnessed two parachutists jump from a hot air balloon, and in 1912,
Erected 2015 by Wisconsin historical Society in Memory of Sandra Fuller. (Marker Number 559.)
Location. 44° 24.202′ N, 88° 43.916′ W. Marker is in New London, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairview Drive (State Highway 54) and U.S. 45, on the right when traveling west on Fairview Drive. Touch for map. Marker is just west of the off ramp from northbound U.S. 45. Marker is at or near this postal address: 331 West Fairview Drive, New London WI 54961, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Alonzo E. Horton (approx. 6.7 miles away); Shiocton Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Melvin O. Handrich Veterans Memorial (approx. 11.4 miles away); Old Wolf River Crossing (approx. 11.9 miles away); South Greenville Grange No. 225 (approx. 14.6 miles away).
Regarding New London Fairground. Wisconsin Historical Society Marker Series
Categories. • Agriculture • Animals • Entertainment •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2016, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2016, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.