CCVFD Historical Note #6

August 21, 1924

Firemen’s Fair at Fairgrounds Today

Local Department to Stage Large Tournament and Carnival

All Culpeper will at twelve o’clock noon today close its doors and head itself to the Fair Grounds, where the First Annual Firemen’s fair will take place. The local businessmen are closing up their stores almost to a man in honor of Culpeper’s Volunteer Fire Department. The Fair itself is solely for the benefit of that useful and efficient organization. But the Fair has not been gotten up solely with the idea of increasing the funds of the Department. While of course that is the chief aim, those in charge have spared no pains in an effort to make it a gala occasion and one sure to be enjoyed by all.

Amusements innumerable will be on the grounds in addition to the main attraction–the Tournament Riders, Sideshows, all composed of local talent and barked by local barkers, are sure to attract the patrons of the Carnival. Horse races, mule races–everything that goes along with a Fair will be there. A prize, nothing less than a Ford Touring Car, will be awarded to the holder of the lucky number. Firemen have been engaged for the past three weeks in selling these chances. 

The Firemen’s Fair will be officially ushered in at 10 o’clock, the hour for the formation of the Parade that will wind up at twelve o’clock at the Fair Grounds. The fire truck, Culpeper’s Brass Band and between 90 and 100 decorated floats, representing the various business interests of Culpeper will make up the Parade. Twenty-five dollars, as the first prize will go to the best decorated float. Two others of fifteen and ten dollars will be given to the next two in line. The cars will assemble in front of the Court House and move East to Main Street at Davis, up Main Street, turn at L. P. Nelson’s corner, cross over to East Street, down East Street the entire length of the street, cross to Main again, then up to Davis, down Davis and from there to the Fair Grounds, by way of the Culpeper Milling Co. The aim is to arrive at the Fair Grounds at twelve o’clock–the hour scheduled for the fair proper to start. 

August 28, 1924


2,500 People Attend. Fire Department Realizes Good Sum. 

The Culpeper Firemen’s Fair and Carnival, long heralded and looked forward to by the people of Culpeper and the surrounding county, came off with flying colors last Thursday. It was a success from every viewpoint. The crowd conservatively estimated at 2,500 found amusements galore and thoroughly enjoyed itself from the opening of the gate until they were closed late that night. The weather was all that could be wished for and one striking feature noticed by all was the extremely good order that prevailed. The parade, led by Culpeper’s Uniformed Brass Band, and the Firemen, dressed in white, was composed of some seventy-five floats, all gaily decorated to represent some business interest of Culpeper. There were many startling effects–not the least of which was a bumpy Ford, of ancient make, that was honored with the presence of Mayor Alden Bell, riding on the back seat. The float of the Virginia Northern Power Company, gotten up to represent winter, carried off the honors and was awarded the first prize. Miss Elizabeth Burgandine, driving a car decorated to represent the Red Cross Association, was given second place. The float of Miss Lizzie Harrison was third.

Tournament Riders

Ten tournament riders from Culpeper and adjoining counties participated in the riding and carried on a keenly and most interesting contest. Mr. Frank Joliffe triumphed in the end and was awarded the first prize of $20. Sherman, Breeden and Collins, of Madison County finished next in the order named and the prizes of $15, $10 and $5 were given them.

In the Ford Car Contest, Mrs. Mollie Smith held the lucky number and the most valuable prize of the Fair went to her. H. L. Hughes held the next number and was awarded $30 in gold. M. E. Compton, third, $20 in gold, and Howard Newlon, fourth, $10.  

The Carnival proved to be extremely attractive and was well patronized, as were all the booths selling cold drinks and sandwiches. 

The dance, held at night with music furnished by the Culpeper Orchestra, drew a large crowd of dancers. It was held in an open-air pavilion. 

The Fire Department realized a good sum of money that will be of much assistance in increasing the efficiency of their equipment. J. William Swan, Fire Chief, wishes to extend his thanks and those of the Fire Department to the people of Culpeper, particularly the ladies, who assisted in making the Fair the success it was. They greatly appreciate their kindness and generosity. Mr. Swan is much gratified at the outcome of the Fair and stated that they hoped to make it an annual event.