Looking Back: Flying over the 1911 Champaign County Fair


This postcard photo was taken from the infield toward the grandstand at the Champaign County Fair on July 4, 1911. An airplane (most likely a Wright flyer) flies over the grandstand on the occasion of a Chautauqua being held on the fairgrounds. A Chautauqua is a type of educational extension by means of lectures, summer schools and concerts modeled after one such school established in Chautauqua, New York, in 1874. Until about 1904, local Chautauquas were held in the Chautauqua Hall (#A171-2) at the campground on Campground Road, south of Urbana. This grandstand was replaced by the current grandstand in 1949. (Champaign County Historical Society #A1704)


Courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Society.

This postcard photo was taken from the infield toward the grandstand at the Champaign County Fair on July 4, 1911. An airplane (most likely a Wright flyer) flies over the grandstand on the occasion of a Chautauqua being held on the fairgrounds. A Chautauqua is a type of educational extension by means of lectures, summer schools and concerts modeled after one such school established in Chautauqua, New York, in 1874. Until about 1904, local Chautauquas were held in the Chautauqua Hall (#A171-2) at the campground on Campground Road, south of Urbana. This grandstand was replaced by the current grandstand in 1949. (Champaign County Historical Society #A1704)

This postcard photo was taken from the infield toward the grandstand at the Champaign County Fair on July 4, 1911. An airplane (most likely a Wright flyer) flies over the grandstand on the occasion of a Chautauqua being held on the fairgrounds. A Chautauqua is a type of educational extension by means of lectures, summer schools and concerts modeled after one such school established in Chautauqua, New York, in 1874. Until about 1904, local Chautauquas were held in the Chautauqua Hall (#A171-2) at the campground on Campground Road, south of Urbana. This grandstand was replaced by the current grandstand in 1949. (Champaign County Historical Society #A1704)
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2017/08/web1_Champaign-Coiunty-Fair-Flyover-2.jpgThis postcard photo was taken from the infield toward the grandstand at the Champaign County Fair on July 4, 1911. An airplane (most likely a Wright flyer) flies over the grandstand on the occasion of a Chautauqua being held on the fairgrounds. A Chautauqua is a type of educational extension by means of lectures, summer schools and concerts modeled after one such school established in Chautauqua, New York, in 1874. Until about 1904, local Chautauquas were held in the Chautauqua Hall (#A171-2) at the campground on Campground Road, south of Urbana. This grandstand was replaced by the current grandstand in 1949. (Champaign County Historical Society #A1704) Courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Society.