e left at our home.
We felt that these dear people appreciated the interest we took in these fairs.
Speeding their horses was especially exciting and brought the largest crowd of fair week.
There was especial interest in the equestrian contests, because couples of men and women from the country and town competed for the prizes.
Fast riding, not unlike that of the wild west, was considered evidence of the finest attainment in the art. Once, at a county fair, I witnessed a veritable John Gilpin ride in an equestrian contest participated in by six couples.
Three of the couples were from the towns and three from the country.
The young ladies and gentlemen from the town wore genteel riding-suits, one couple being arrayed in dark-green cloth, one in black, and one in dark-blue.
The ladies wore stovepipe hats with long blue or gray tissue veils wound around them and tied in front — the fashion of that day. The country girls wore their summer dresses, ordinary hats, and riding-skir