It’s Time For The Fair: Let’s Get Married!


According to John Martin Smith, a couple was married every year during the DeKalb County fairs of the 1930s and 1940s: “Couples applied to a committee for the honor. The couple chosen was married from the stage at the fair on Saturday.” Although the tradition doesn’t seem to have continued after WWII, it does seem to have been around before the ’30s. This post card from 1906 tells of a wedding “that actually took place here in the band stand during the fall festival.” The bandstand in question is marked with a faint “x.”

-By Genealogy Intern Chelsea


About Katy

Some of the books I've recently come to love include Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Just City by Jo Walton, Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead, and Bug In A Vacuum by Melanie Watt. I'm a firm believer in the power of the Oxford comma.
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