PAULDING – John Paulding Historical Society is planning an exhibit in June and July to help commemorate the Paulding County Fair’s 150th anniversary.

The first fair at the current county fairgrounds was held in 1872. A big centennial celebration was held in 1972.

The museum has several artifacts from past Paulding County Fairs, but more items are needed. The historical society would welcome loaned items for this exhibit. Loaned items will be returned. Does anyone have any of these items relating to Paulding County fair activities, entertainment, advertising, horse racing, 4-H, midway, grounds and barns and livestock shows:

• Old signs (concessions, barns, buildings, granges, exhibitors, games, etc.)

• Vintage Agricultural Society membership cards

• Tickets

• Fair advertising posters

• 4-H banners, signs, projects, photographs

• Original midway games (milk bottle throw, ring toss, balloon burst, knockdown dolls, shooting gallery, ring the bell, nickel pitch, etc.)

• Memorabilia (fans, neckties, glassware, souvenirs, shirts)

• Crowns or sashes from Jr. Fair King & Queen and Miss Paulding County

• Trophies, rosettes and special awards from different eras

• Horse blankets from winning horses

• Photographs, snapshots and candid photos, black & white or color

• Home movies (8mm or 16mm) and videos

• Salvaged items from old buildings, barns and structures, such as gates, signs, ticket booths, fixtures

• Any items from the fair between 1860 and 1872

The museum has plenty of fair books so no more are needed.

If you have an item of interest to loan, please email Melinda at, leave a message at 419-399-3667 or stop in at the museum on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The historical society’s Facebook page is