No Admission Fee, No Gambling, No Racing

When Skidmore undertook to do a thing, there was no half-way business about it, and the town and its newspaper, the Skidmore Standard, were justly proud of the first Punkin Show in 1899.   Here are a few of the editor’s notes on the event from the October 13 edition:

It cost I. W. Littler 50 cents to get in or out of the Punkin Show and he wasn’t a “darned bit interested” in it, either.


A. F. Howden got the extension ladder as first premium on apples, and is immensely pleased because he has been wanting a ladder all summer, he says.


A number of people came in, Thursday, to see the display. Some of them thought the show would not be much and remained at home, Wednesday; but when the laudations of their neighbors reached their ears, they had a curiosity to come and see for themselves.


When Skidmore undertakes to do a thing, there is no half-way business about it.


There will be another Punkin Show, next year; prepare for it.


Two North Carolina gourds, with handles 4 feet long, were displayed by Mrs. Isaac Reaksecker.


Did you learn the identity of that veiled man who scattered pumpkins and squashes all over town?


“Oh, isn’t it fine! So much better than the Maitland fair!” were the exclamations heard on every hand from the delighted spectators.


There was no admission fee, no gambling, no racing. It was for the farmers, and they appreciated it.


Holt county’s big pumpkin was not large enough to take the blue ribbon.


The entire east end of the hall was occupied by the exhibit of the “punkin editor.”


There were people here from Oregon, Maitland, Mound City, Quitman and Burlington Junction.


Some people said the show was better than the St. Joseph Jubilee.


Everyone who lives in or near Skidmore is proud of the town.


The weather was perfect; a special order could not have improved it.


Those ladies who assisted in decorating the hall and arranging the exhibits, can be relied upon, always, when any movement for the good of the town is on foot – and they are nice house-keepers, too.


It was a punkin show during the day and a corn carnival at night.