Since its humble beginnings in 1850, an important part of DeKalb County’s fair has always been its exhibits, which include everything from baked goods to farm animals to artwork. Entries are judged throughout the week of the fair, and winners are awarded both a ribbon and a premium, or prize. Premiums today are usually cash, but at earlier fairs, local merchants would sometimes donate items to be used as prizes. For the 1907 fair, the winner of the General Exhibit would win a Turnbull wagon, which was about the same value as a car or truck today.
-By Genealogy Intern Chelsea