A Racket Around the Candy Booth

Mrs. Peterson, who sells the best bread in town, had charge of the cake

archery. You bought arrows for this, three for ten cents, but you could

not shoot until a dollar's worth of arrows had been sold. Then you took

your turn at the bow and arrow. The arrow which hit nearest the

bull's-eye got the cake, of course, and it was some cake, if it

happened to be one of Abbie Southerland's angel foods.

The Girls' Club had drawn the candy table for their share of the fair,

and a pretty booth they made of it, using all the tennis nets they

could beg, borrow or steal to drape it with and putting up all the

candy in ten-cent packages wrapped in white waxed paper to look like

tennis balls. Someone got funny and asked why there was such a racket

around the candy booth!

The fair lasted three days. What with changing the attractions, keeping

fresh food on the refreshment tables, making special attractions for

children in the afternoons after school by offering prizes for sports

events like sack races, obstacle races, and so on, getting up interest

in golf tournaments and baseball series, the place was kept packed

from three in the afternoon until midnight.

In The Ladies' Home Journal, Jan., 1921. Published with the permission

of the author, Claire Wallis, and The Ladies' Home Journal.

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