Grey Highlands Newspapers
Holland Centre Agricultural Society.
Markdale Standard (Markdale, Ont.), 6 Oct 1887, p. 4

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The morning of the 28th ult., like many of its predecessors and successors, a holo-gauze of sombre tint that formed a fine black ground to the fair, sparkling forms of angelic female beauty that flitted hither and thither around the Agricultural Show-day. The new grounds are situated at the south-west end of the village, and yet in a primitive state, but the energy of the Society in the past gives promise of much improvement ere the lapse of another year. Draught horses were not numerous in quantity, but the quality made up for the deficiency of entries. General purpose class was miore numerously represented, and justifies the assertion that Holland stands A1 as a horse-breeding Township.--The two-year-olds, yearlings and spring colts bear testimony that the Holland farmers are alive to the importance of horse-stock. Horned stock, sheep and swine were not exhibited in great variety of numbers, but the quality was very good. Our townsman Mr. B. Coleman was a successful competitor in choice Poultry, as well as Mr. R. Freeborn of Holland. Amongst the judges in the Stock Department we were well pleased to note the genial visage of out townsman, Mr. McDuffie, whose matured knowledge of stock eminently qualifies him for the position. _In the hall._ The female equistrenneswheelibus was the grand attraction of the day. Here was the somber matron, with the severe steadfastness of her Roman ancestor, pitted against the gazelle-eyed, peach-blossomed cheek of the buxon belle with a jaunty hat and winning demeanour, where deficiencies swindle to nothing in the noon-day glare of admiration. The exhibits in this department would puzzle the descriptive powers of a London or Parisian artistic; while the substantial woolen fabrics shows that the house wives of the present day are fully equal to the economy of their grandmothers. In the Dairy Department the samples of products would compare favorably with any similar Show in the Dominion. The "male sex" appeared to be determined to not be out done by there Eve sisters, by producing the finest specimens of Roots, Fruits and Seed Grain that have yet been produced at any Show in our County,--May such go on, and prosper.

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I swear to you that I did not make up the word "equistrenneswheelibus," and I refuse to be held accountable for the original author's floridly purple prose. Honestly.
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6 Oct 1887
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Holland Centre Agricultural Society.