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May
05

Apple Blossom and Winchester’s Fairs

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May 4, 2019 all-day
2019-05-04T00:00:00-04:00
2019-05-05T00:00:00-04:00

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FAIRS ?


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Click or Touch to Enlarge . . . DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) float passing in front of Kurtz building during 1925 Apple Blossom Festival parade. . Photograph contributed by Frances Unger. Published in More Images, p. 47b. CAPTION AND PHOTO FROM HANDLEY LIBRARY ARCHIVES.

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Ever since Saturday, May 3, 1924,  this town shuts down on the first Saturday of May and calls it Apple Blossom.

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Click on Source of Apple Blossom parade photo .

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But this town wasn’t established in 1752 without a little help.

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In the same law establishing this town, an economic boost with a fair, was decreed twice a year.

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From Hening’s Statutes Volume 6, CHAP. XXVI page 269-270

http://vagenweb.org/hening/vol06-13.htm#top

 

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And whereas allowing fairs to be kept,

in the said town of Winchester,

will be of great benefit

to the inhabitants of the said parts,

and greatly increase the trade

of that town,

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Be it further enacted,

by the authority aforesaid,

That for the future,

two fairs shall and may be annually kept,

and held, in the said town of Winchester,

on the third Wednesday in June,

and the third Wednesday in October,

in every year, and to continue

for the space of two days,

for the sale and vending

all manner of cattle,

victuals, provisions, goods, wares,

and merchandizes,

whatsoever;

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on which fair days,

and two days next before,

and two days next after,

the said fairs,

all persons coming to,

being at, or going from the same,

together with their cattle,

goods, wares, and merchandizes,

shall be exempted,

and privileged,

from all arrests,

attachments, and executions,

whatsoever,

except for

capital offences,

breaches of the peace,

or for any controversies,

suits, or quarrels,

that may arise and happen during the said time,

in which case process may be immediately issued,

and proceedings thereupon had, in the same

this act had never been made,

any thing herein before contained,

or any law, custom,

or usage,

to the contrary thereof,

in any wise, notwithstanding.

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Note the “exempt from arrests” line and then the exceptions after that?

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From Hening’s Statutes Volume 6, CHAP. XXVI page 269

http://vagenweb.org/hening/vol06-13.htm#top

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