The gates of the 1951 Winston-Salem Fair will open at 9 a.m. today at the new 80-acre grounds at Twenty-seventh and Cherry Streets.
Yesterday it was a chaotic jumble of dismantled rides, and frantic exhibitors, but by nightfall the hot dogs were sizzling in some of the stands and things were taking on a semblance of order.
Most of the shows on the midway were up by mid-afternoon, and among them were the Monkey Circus, a freak show, the French Casino, Ebony Club, Bug House, Fun House, Penny Arcade, Dorita, and one called "Sensational Expose," or "What is Woman?"
Among the agricultural fields, the cattle show will be the outstanding event of the week, with some 400 cows and bulls of all breeds filling the tremendous new cattle barn. Between 120 and 130 horses are expected to arrive during the week for the harness races which are to be held each afternoon, Tuesday through Friday. The poultry and swine will be housed in tents this year.
Commercial and agricultural exhibits were filling the new exhibit hall to overflowing yesterday afternoon as men, women and children rubbed elbows stringing crepe paper and arranging everything from pumpkins to refrigerators.
Tons of crushed rock were spread over the walkways to help keep down the dust or mud, whichever the case may be. Manager T.S. Blum said he has a preparation all ready for spreading to keep the dust at a minimum if no rain falls. He said the entire grounds would be sprinkled last night.
Governor Kerr Scott will speak at 1 p.m. Thursday at a dedication ceremony of the new grounds. In connection with his visit, there will also be a cattle parade in front of the grandstand.
Each afternoon and evening the George Hamid Revue will be presented before the grandstand. Box tickets for each day will be on sale at Walgreen’s Drug Store from 9 a.m. to noon.
Fifteen-minute bus service will be given from the Twenty-seventh Street entrance by Duke Power Company. Twin City Lines will not provide service, C.W. Caudle, president, said yesterday. Twin City applied to the Board of Aldermen to run its buses down to the Twenty-seventh Street Gate, but was turned down after Duke Power objected. Mr. Caudle said it would be too dangerous for his buses to load and unload on the Cherry Street side.
All city schools will be closed during the afternoon today to allow the students to attend the fair. Wednesday is county school day.