Honey Grove Preservation League

Saving and Documenting the History of Honey Grove, Texas

Going to the State Fair in Dallas

Honey Grove Signal, September 19, 1902

​The Dallas Fair opens tomorrow week.  The railroads have made a rate of one dollar for the round trip for opening day, which insures a big crowd to start the exhibition with.

Honey Grove Signal, August 26, 1910

Grander Than Ever.  The State Fair of Texas will open at Dallas, Texas, October 15th, and continue fifteen days.  Many new features added and many wonderful improvements made.  Premiums are increased in every department.  $5,000 appropriated for night horse shows!

Splendid improved are now being made in preparations of the great event.  A great coliseum of steel, brick and ornamental stone will be completed by September 1st, massive but still beautiful in style and architecture.  This building will fill a long felt want.  It is 150x250 feet space and will contain an arena 90x100 feet for the use of the Horse Show.  Here is where the great musical and operatic programme will be give and where, on the last four night of the Fair, the greatest horse show entertainment in the history of the Fair will be held.

Honey Grove Signal, October 14, 1910

Beginning to-morrow, and continuing through the Dallas Fair season the Santa Fe train will leave each morning at 6:50, and returning will leave Dallas at 7 o'clock p.m.  This is a splendid schedule for those who desire to visit the fair.  The trains will arrive Dallas about 10:30, giving those who can spend only one day an opportunity to see a great deal of the fair.

Honey Grove Signal, October 21, 1910

Miss Lula Gilmer won first prize at the Dallas fair for embroidered table linen.  The work entered by Miss Gilmer was a large dining table cover; the design and work having been pronounced by many who saw it in her home the prettiest they ever saw anywhere.

Honey Grove Signal, October 28, 1910

While visiting the Dallas Fair Saturday Miss Ivy Vaughan had the misfortune to get her purse, which contained several dollars, stolen.  Other visitors have had misfortunes of various kinds.  One gentleman had the misfortune to get lost from his wife, and instead of enjoying the fair, each put in the day looking for the other.  Another man got in the wrong coach and was carried to Paris, where he spent the night.  Several failed to catch the train Sunday night and were forced to spend a longer time in Dallas than they intended spending.  About 350 went to Dallas on last Sunday's train and it is likely that even a greater crowd will go tomorrow.

Honey Grove Signal, September 29, 1911

The Dallas Fair is only two week's in the future, and who is it that isn't anxious for the intervening two weeks to get out of the way?  The Dallas Fair is the great Texas holiday, the biggest time of the year for the money.  Armed with five or six dollars, a fellow can pay railroad fare, entrance into the exposition grounds, see two or three of the side shows, ride on the figure eight, pay a night's lodging, eat a hot weiner for dinner and a chile for supper and get back home perhaps with a quarter in his pocket.  At the fair he will see all the world's improved machinery, the finest horses, cattle, hogs and chickens on earth, the biggest pumpkins, the finest cotton and all the other products of the greatest state in the Union.  He will hear a fine band play, meet his friends from everywhere, and, if he likes such exercise, may feast his eyes upon twenty thousand of the prettiest women on each arrayed in a manner to lay the daisies, dahlias, and dandelions all in the shade.  Hurry up the big show.

Honey Grove Signal, October 20, 1911

While apologies are poor excuses for service, we all must make them occasionally.  The Signal is very short on news matter this week for several reasons, only a few of which will be mentioned.  The Dallas Fair is in session and it was absolutely necessary that the news gatherer spend Monday and Tuesday at the great exhibition.  When he came home he found that nearly all the people were also at the fair, giving local news no opportunity to happen and nobody to tell of it if anything had happened.  The Dallas Fair is a great instituion, but it puts the country newspapers to the bad once a year.

Honey Grove Signal, November 3, 1911

No more Sunday excursions to the Dallas Fair for a whole year.  Let's see:  what was the Sunday school lesson when our studies were suddenly interrupted three weeks ago?

Honey Grove Signal, October 17, 1913

Beginning to-morrow, and continuing until the close of the Dallas fair, the Santa Fe morning train will leave at 6:40 instead of 8:15.  Returning the train will leave Dallas at 7:30 p.m. and arrive in Honey Grove about 10:30.

Honey Grove Signal, October 24, 1913

If the Dallas Fair needed any boosting the Signal would take great pleasure in singing its praises in the highest and sweetest notes possible, but everybody in this section knows already that the Fair is the greatest exhibition between the seas.  It was the writer's pleasure to spend a day at the Fair this week, and his verdict is that the exhibition is a little larger and a little prettier than ever before.  We say "a little" larger and prettier, because the Fair was already on such a mammoth scale and so well arranged that there was not room for much improvement.  Any person who delights in gazing upon the very best of everything the state produces can always spend a few days pleasantly and profitably at this great exposition.

Honey Grove Signal, October 31, 1913

​It required three trains to haul all who desired to attend the Dallas Fair Sunday along the Santa Fe line.  While the excursionists packed all the trains and the crowd was a very large one, no fights or other disturbances have been reported.  A few years ago such a crowd would have meant a dozen fights and a disorderly mob.  Civilization is doing its work.