Allentown Fair - Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy Monday!  The subject of today's blog is a poster on display in the Toy Box.  It's in a quiet corner, telling a story to the very few of our visitors who happen to notice it.  And yet, this poster may very well tell a story too big for one blog entry to explore, so stay tuned....

Allentown is the third most populous city in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia and Pittsburgh).  It is located in the Lehigh Valley in the central eastern section of the state and its claims to fame include: Allentown is where the Liberty Bell was hidden when the British Army took over Philadelphia in 1777 during the American Revolution in the effort to protect it from being melted down and turned into bullets; Allentown is the location of the nation's primary Mack Truck plant; and it is also where the Great Allentown Fair has been happening since 1852!  One of the oldest fairs in the country, and certainly one of the largest, the Allentown Fair is an ideal destination for anyone looking to discover agricultural technology, amusements, and racing. The racing has been going on since close to the beginning, and it was not just between horses.  Over the years, there has also been cars racing, and even airships - better known today as blimps.  These were featured between 1907 and 1914, ending in time for an airplane piloted by the famous aviation pioneer Glenn Curtis to fly over the fairgrounds.

The Great Allentown Fair is still very actively continuing its tradition and remains a very popular destination.  This year, it will occur during the first week of September.  One thing they have every year is a host of musicians and other talents who take over the Grandstand as a highlight for each day's events.  Tomorrow, we will talk about the guests mentioned in our poster.
QUESTION:  Which of the following performers will NOT be playing at this year's Fair?
A)  Miranda Lambert
B)  Meghan Trainor
C)  Carrie Underwood
D)  Def Leppard
ANSWER BELOW

OFF TO INDIA!  As you know, in this segment of the blog we celebrate anniversaries of notable events in American history.  Well, there aren't too many events that would compare to today's in significance of the impact on the world.  Granted, today was the beginning of an adventure that may have seemed worth little mention, but by the end of the adventure - the world would become a different place.  Today in 1492, Christopher Columbus and his three ships departed from the port of Palos de la Frontera, Spain, on their way to what they thought would be the East Indies, but what would turn out to become the American hemisphere.  Whoops!

QUOTE:  Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier. - Christopher Columbus

ANSWER:  A)  Miranda Lambert