State Fair


Eighty-six years ago after Blue Boy, a Hampshire boar and Will’s co-star in “State Fair”, aired he wrote in a syndicated column “Blue boy was the best actor of the two of us.”

We have an opportunity to check that Friday, May 24, when “Stair Fair” will be showing on Movie Night at the Museum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the movie starts at 7. Admission is free and there will be free popcorn and drinks.

Will is Abel Frake, farmer and hog raise. Blue Boy, the family’s prize board is trying for a grand championship. Melissa, the mother, is going for top pickles and mincemeat. The children, Margy and Wayne, were just looking for a good time.

While the parents worry about their entries, the kids fall in love. But the real romance is Esmeralda, a frisky, redheaded sow who is moved next to Blue Boy’s pen.

Part of the movie was shot at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, where one of the nation’s biggest fairs is still going on.

This movie was mentioned by several as a favorite when it was posted on the Facebook timeline in January. It premiered Jan 26, 1933.