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Blue Ribbon

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 28, 2019

Lest we forget how the State Fair started, it was about the animals.
This blue ribbon was awarded for first place for ornamental bantam, which is poultry. Sadly, we do not have a photo of the bird itself.