Mercer County Agricultural Society.
The Mercer County Agricultural Society was organized in 1853, and the town of Millersburg was chosen as the place for holding the exhibition, three acres of land at first constituting the fair grounds. The organizers were Tyler McWhorter, Graham Lee, Joseph Trego, Dudley Willitts, J. E. Bay, Walter Pryne, E. G. Howe, William Green, Crusar Gray, James and W. P. Strong, Washington Wolf and William Drury. One of the premiums offered at the first fair was $5 to the best lady equestrian, which was awarded to Miss Kate Kaiser, afterwards the wife of David Lloyd. The annual fairs were continued at Millersburg until 1869, when the railroad having been built through the county, the place of holding the fairs was removed to Aledo
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