Historical Markers - Rock Co., WI

First State Fair - October 1-2, 1851

Wisconsin Official Marker

Located near the Rock County Courthouse on South Atwood Avenue in the city of Janesville

 
Courtesy of Kurt Wheeler, Rock County Planning & Development Agency
 
    First State Fair - October 1-2, 1851
    Thirteen counties were represented here at the first state fair sponsored
    by the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society. Entries included horses, cattle, sheep, swine, farming implements, dairy products, flour and corn meal, domestic manufactures, needle work, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Highlights of the occasion were the plowing matches and an address by John W. Lathrop, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin. The fairgrounds contained 6 acres and about 10,000 people attended.
     
    Erected in 1954 by the Rock County Historical Society
 

 

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