The Cogan House Township “Old Time Country Fair”
In the early 1980’s, a member of the White Pine United Methodist Women suggested that the women host an old time country fair. The idea was to bring back events that would have been held at a country fair during the late 1800s and early 1900s. However, it wasn’t until the fair idea was presented again in 1987 that plans for the first Cogan House Township Old Time Country Fair became a reality. The fair was held September 3, 1988, on the grounds of the White Pine U.M. Church and was hosted by the Methodist women. Events included hay rides, cake walks, judged exhibits, and demonstrations of old time crafts. A variety of food, children’s games, a men’s beard contest, old time costume winners, country music and an evening square dance rounded out the day’s activities. Meredith Field was crowned as the first “Little Miss Cogan House,” and five township residents, aged 90 or older, were honored for their contributions to the community.
After the great success of the first fair, a steering committee made up of residents from all over the township, was formed. A decision was made to move the fair to the township municipal property near Beech Grove, in order to find space for impending growth. As interest in the fair grew, it attracted turkey callers, buckskinners, spinners, old time crafters and a talent show. For 23 years the annual “Old Time Country Fair” was a time for families with ties to Cogan House Township to gather, reminisce and enjoy activities of the past. However, a lack of volunteer support and the changing genre of the Fair from its “old time” roots resulted in the annual fair being discontinued in 2011. Clyde Quimby, Treasurer of the OTCF, during its last years, remains hopeful that the Old Time Country Fair can be revived at some time in the future.