I had started work on a new series of articles when I received a phone call about the Kennedy articles mentioning the Sardinia Fair.

The person reminded me that I had promised to write about the fair; so, not to disappoint, I took pen in hand and also went looking for some old photos.

The old photos were photos of the picture board loaned by Howard Bohl, who just passed away, for our Mowrystown Founders Day Celebration we had in 2006.

These were made by Howard’s father, Arch Bohl, who took them in 1908. These were the old, glass negatives with one group of Mowrystown and the other was of Sardinia. It was the Sardinia Fair photos that Howard had loaned to the “Sardinia Bicentennial Heritage Committee” that they showed in their “Yesterday and Today’s 1976 Sardinia News” booklet.

These are the only photos that I have come across so far. On Pages 18 and 19, they show the flour mill (week before last), Flora Hall (had been used by the Marathon bulk plant), grandstand, balloon ascension, crowd scene in front of the grandstand and an “attraction” shot.

I have a different “Flora Hall” photo, which is shown.

I went looking in Carl N. Thompson’s “Historical Collections of Brown County, Ohio” and other sources, with very little success.

Under date of Oct. 2, 1907, Miss Josephine McFaddin wrote in an article about Sardinia of that date which I quote: “We have a fairground and race track, where thousands annually gather to watch the races, greet their friends and have a good time generally.”

Of note in “Thompson’s work” at Page 296 on the Ohio River and Columbus Railway” also known as “Relief and Comfort,” a narrow gauge railroad from Ripley to Levanna, to Georgetown and Sardinia, I quote the following: “When everything was going good, the road made money. In September 1904, the Georgetown ticket office sold 431 fares over the OR&C to Sardinia, the Kennedy Fair being in full operation at the time.”

Today, Flora Hall is gone, as is everything else, but at the old tracks running to Mowrystown and then with Tri-County Road down to the other side of the Ready Mix plant and then running east all the way back to “Jim Saul’s Subdivision,” which is located off of old Mowrystown/Sardinia Road, you have the old fairground site.

In the days gone by, we had the Winchester Fairgrounds, the Fincastle Fairgrounds (located where the cemetery is today) and the Roberts Reunion Park located on U.S. 62 just south of Wildcat Road, which closed in the late 1930s.

Jerry Pruitt is a Mowrystown historian and a columnist for The Highland County Press.