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SANDHILiL, F’AIR, NOVEMBER T, 8, 9 md lO
Devoted to the Upbuilding of Vass and Its Surrounding Country
VASS, N. C., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3,1922
PRICE nVE CENTS
COMMUNITY FAIR AT VASS
The Vass Community Fair as Seen
by a Visitor.
THE SANDHILL FAIR
S MERCANTILE COMPANY
If all North Carolinians could have
attended the little Community Fair at
Vass, on October 26th, they would
have received inspiration and pep
sufficient to last a year.
Vass is a small town on the north
ern edge of the Sandhills, and is
known throughout this section of the
state as a town of boosters. Big
boosters, little boosters, and middle-
sized boosters make up the population,
for every inhabitant is a booster.
The Vass Community Fair was a
success from every standpoint. The
livestock exhibits were good, the crop
exhibits were better, and the woman’s
department was magnificent.
The exhibits were shown under a
large tent, and were most attractive
ly arranged. The display of farm
products was a credit to any com
munity. Excellent corn, cotton, and
tobacco; pumpkins as big as a bar
rel; collards which would cover a city
lot; other things in proportion.
The curio department was well got
ten up, and very interesting. The
school department, displaying the
work of the pupils of the Vass graded
school, bespoke the ability and in
genuity of both faculty and students
of both faculty and students.
In the woman’s department the
fancy work was good, but the traffic
was "thickest around the culinary de
partment. Pies, cakes, doughnuts,
candy, biscuit and breads of the very
finest, made the passerby linger for
a second look.
The feature of the day’s festivity
was the parade, which depicted in
pageant form the early history and
development of our country. The
roster of the parade was as follows:
1. King Ferdinand and Queen Isa
bella of Spain.
2. Columbus and Crew.
3. Queen Elizabeth.
4. Sir Walter Raleigh.
5. Prisciila and John Alden.
7. Dutch Colony.
9. Scotch Highlanders.
10. Georgia Prisoners.
11. Daniel Boone.
12. Georgia and Martha Washington.
13. Betsy Ross and Maid.
14. Columbia and Uncle Sam.
15. Young America.
The large float representing the
Vass Cotton Mills brought forth much
There were about fifteen hundred
visitors on the grounds.
If Vass continues to boost, and at
the same time produce ^ the goods,
she will soon be the leading town of
Best 10 ears corn:—1st, H. D.
Keith; 2nd, G. S. Edwards.
Best 5 stalks cow-peas:—1st, W. T.
Pulliam; 2nd, W. T. Pulliam.
Best Soy Beans:—1st, W. T. Pulli
am; 2nd, H. D. Keith.
Best peck Rye:—1st, P. L. Gardner;
2nd, W. M. Blue.
Best peck Wheat:—1st, W. M. Blue.
Best peck Soy Beans:—H. D. Keith.
Best peck Cow Peas:—1st, A. K.
Thompson; 2nd, A. A. McNeill.
Best bunch Peanuts:—1st, A. F.
Hicks; 2nd, D. Cameron.
Best stalk Sorghum:—1st, E. L.
McNeill; 2nd, Dan Cameron.
Best 5 stalks Millet:—1st, Dan
Best stalk Cotton:—1st, J. McN.
Cameron; 2nd, A. Cameron.
Best peck Cottonseed:—1st, A
(Continued on page 12)
Misses Minnie and Bonnie Muse,
who are teaching at Roberdell, came
home for the week-end.
Mr. Cameron McLean came down
from Greensboro to spend the week
end with his little daughter, Margar
et, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.
Mrs. Mag Cameron and daughters,
Misses Sallie and Bessie on route 1,
spent Saturday afternoon with Mrs.
Cameron’s mother, Mrs. E. A. Mc-
Fadyen who is quite feeble. Mrs. Mc-
Fadyen is in her ninety-first year.
Mr. A. Cameron, of Vass, spent
Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs.
J. D. McLean.
Mr. E. M. Borst, of Wilmington,
spent Sunday at home.
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Parker and
Miss Minnie Muse motored over to
Deaton’s Nursery, Saturday.
Dr. A. L. O’Briant is beautifying
his yard by planting evergreens.
Miss Annie Borst was hostess' to
the Young Ladies Auxiliary on Fri
Mr. Clyde Gaddy and Miss Myrtle
Gaddy, with little Hattie Belle, spent
Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Miss Lucile Rogers spent Sunday
with Miss Annie Hartsell.
Mr. Hugh Jackson, of Center
church community, passed away sud
denly, Saturday, at quite an advanced
age. The interment took place at
Center cemetery. Funeral services
conducted by Rev. Mr. Perry, of Car
The two year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. B. F. Thomasson died Sunday.
The interment taking place on Mon
day afternoon in Cameron Cemetery.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. 0.
Misses Mamie and Kate Arnold,
Miss Chrissie McLean and Mr. Tom
Arnold attended services Sunday at
historic Long Street Church.
Misses Lady and Lucile Loving
spent Sunday with Miss Eva Graham.
Mr. J. J. Irvin accompanied Rev.
L. H. Joyner to Lemon Springs, Sun
Miss Loula Rogers came over from
Sanford for over Sunday.
Mrs. E. L. Ray and daughter. Miss
Elizabeth, spent Sunday in Sanford,
the guests of Mr. and Mrs. D. S.
The Cameron Correspondent at the
Vass Community Fair
Vass is pretty apt to again win the
laurels for the best community fair.
A wonderful exhibit of everything
that can be grown, raised, cooked,
made with hands, invented with
brains, and all displayed in such an
artistic and systematic manner. The
canning, pantry supplies and fancy
work were simply woderful. Not an
inferior article in all the great ex
hibit. The school exhibits were ex
ceptionally fine. The pantry supplies
made everybody hungry. The farm
Droducts were superb. There were
no scrubs among the livestock and
poultry, nor anything that could claiLii
kin to a scrub. The parade was
grand and thrilling. Follows the
program: Music by the Laurinburg*
Brass Band, King Ferdinand and
Queen Isabella, Columbus and Crew,
Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter Raleigh,
Priscilla and John Alden, Puritans,
Dutch Colony, Indians, Scotch High
landers wearing the Cameron tar
tan, Georgia Prisoners, Daniel Boone,
George and Martha Washington (chil
dren attendants), Betsy Ross and
Maid, Columbia and Uncle Sam.
Young America, Lake view School,
The “Vass Fare” float was substan-
(Continued on page 12)
Lakeview, N. C., Oct. 30, 1922.
Editor The Pilot:
For a year or two we have been in
tending to call the attention of the
people who are interested in the pro
gress of this section to a few facts
about the Sandhill Fair:—
Because, when the Fair was first
started, we lived at Pinehurst and
became acquainted with the way the
Fair is conducted, and as from year
to year we have found out what the
financial results have been, we have
felt that, possibly, there was not a
clear understanding as to just how
the fair is operated and financed. Mr.
Picquet’s job is to get the exhibits
out, and he appeals to our pride of
section and patriotism and I shall not
touch on this, but what I want us all
to remember is what I think might be
termed a question of fairness and
justice. As to finances, there is no
comparison between any fair grounds
I have seen in the state of North Car
olina and the fair grounds provided
b;/ Mr. Tufts for the Sandhill Fair.
These buildings, a large part of which
are never used during the entire year
except for the fair, to my knowledge
cost thousands of dollars. A num
ber of them were built under my su
pervision, and the second year the
fair was held at Pinehurst about
twenty thousand dollars was expend
ed in this way, and, while we know
nothing of the expenditures since
then, our general knowledge of such
things would lead us to believe that
there has been spent something like
fifty thousand dollars for equipment
for the fair; of this, not one dollar
has been paid by any of us.
The fair, so far, has been operated
at a loss every year, and the only
question has been the size of the loss,
and of this loss none of us has ever
paid a cent. In the other counties of
North Carolina, the people of the
counties who are interested in de
velopment have had to put their
money in cheap, shabby buildings and
leave it tied up there from year to
year, and in the most of them when
there is a deficit (which there usually
is) these same public-spirited citizens
have to go down in their pockets to
make good—unless the deficit is taken
care of by a lot of low, degrading
shows that are an injury to any com
Next, as to the operation of the
fair: The arranging for men to
take charge of the fair; for providing
for printing, drayage, oversight, po
lice, bookkeeping, and the one-hun-
dred-and-one things that go to make
a fair run smoothly, the most of
-'vhich can be appreciated only by
those who have helped to make our
community fairs a success, are all
handled by the Pinehurst organiza-
t'on, without an hour’s worry or work
from any of vs.
The part that Mr. Picquet asks us
to do is to help with the parade a«d
other local features of entertainment;
to bring, or send, the things that we
nake our own that would go to make
the exhibit feature of the fair a suc-
:ess, and to help with the arrange
ment of the different exhibits in the
fair buildings. Each year, a few pub
lic-spirited peo'ile have given of their
time freely and willingly in work ar
ranging the exhibits in the fair build
ings, and have tried to make this
feature of the fair a success, and, to
be frank, each year I have had the
feeling that the great majority of us
people who are being benefitted by
this fair are not giving it quite a
square deal, for each year the part of
the fair that is left to us, in my judge
ment, has been the weakness of the
fair. I do not say this as it may ap-
(Continued on page 12)
COUNTRY PAPERS AT STATE
The winners in the country weekly
newspapers contest held at the State
Fair, Raleigh, N. C., have been an
nounced as follows:—
Class 1. For make-up of front page:
1st, The Franklin News, Frank-
linton, N. C.
2nd. The Graphic, Nashville, N.
3rd. The Warren Record, War-
renton, N. C.
Class 2. Community News:—
1st, The Independent, Elizabeth
City, N. C.
2nd, Moore County News, Car
thage, N. C.
3rd, Hertford County News,
Ahoskie, N. C.
Class3. Editorial Page:—
1st, The Pilot, Vass, N. C.
2nd, The Sampson Democrat,
Clinton, N. C.
3rd, The Mount Airy News, Mt.
Airy, N. C.
This exhibit and contest included
more than fifty North Carolina week
ly newspapers and attracted much in
terest from Fair visitors. It is the
first time that the country weeklies
have received such recognition in this
state. All pages were exhibited on
the walls of the Tobacco Growers’
Co-operative Association booth, each
paper being allotted sufficient space
so that its whole front page was read
The judges made careful study of
the papers taking them down from
the walls for close comparison and
study before passing final judgement
on contents and make-up. Each
judge worked separately and the final
ratings were determined by percent
ages. Geo. A. Moore, superintendent
of the Mitchell Printing Company of
Raleigh, John Livingston, formerly
of the Raleigh News and Observer and
now with the Cotton Growers’ Co-op
erative Association, and A. O. Alford,
of the Agricultural Extension Ser
vice, who is a deep student of coun
try newspapers, acted as judges in
R. W. GREEN.
A NOSE FOR NEWS
Not everyone has a nose for news.
In fact, if we started out to count
noses today we feel sure we’d find
very few that could actually “scent”
a news item, unless it was of tre
mendous importance. And yet every
day somethinsr is occurring in your
home or your neighborhood that is
actual news. The comings and going
of yourself and your neighbor; un
usual crop harvests; stock or farm
product sales above the market figure
—all that is of interest to someone.
It may appear small on the surface,
yet of such things are readable news
papers made. We can’t be every
where at the same time, and we can’t
hear all of the things that are going
on that should be in the paper. That
s why we’d like to have you—and
your neighbor—train your nose for
news, and send us or bring us or
telephone us items which you feel
we haven’t heard. It all goes to make
up your home-town paper, and your
'lome-town paper goes a long way to
ward reflecting the hustle and pro
gress of the community in which it is
A New York woman wants a di
vorce because her husband hit her
with an axe. Some women are so
Fewer men would have axes to
grind if they had to furnish the mo
tive power for turning the grindstone.