The pioneers in the "seventies" took far more real interest in holding and keeping up the matter of county fairs and an agricultural society than does the present day generation.

The Lyon County Agricultural Society was formed and held a very successful county fair in the autumn of 1873 and continued to hold annual fairs several years; finally grounds were secured near the town of Rock Rapids and much interest was manifest, but soon there came a change--the sporting mind of younger men turned to the all-absorbing topic of fast horses-the faster the better!  And through this and other causes, the Agricultural Society went down and the horse shows and annual races have taken the place of a general farm exhibit.


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