#throwbackthursday Five black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published September 12, 1970 with captions:
•" During the daylight hours of the opening day at the 1970 Western Fair, few people strolled through the midway area to test their skills, feed their carnival appetites, or haggle over souvenirs. Once night fell, however, the midway took on an entirely different complexion. It became a festival of lights, of raucous sound, of milling people who boosted a rather light morning attendance to a figure of 29,513 paid admissions." •" One of the most breath-taking rides on the midway of the Western Fair is the whirlaway ride which attracted hundreds of thrill-seekers on the fair's opening day. Screams and giggles of delight, strained facial expressions, and a common feeling of pleased gratitude at returning to solid ground characterized the feelings of those who rode on the tilting, spinning, dizzying ride."
•" The headline troupe at the free grandstand show yesterday was the Hubert Castle International Circus and the audience favourite was wild animal trainer Joseph Hartman with his three lions and four tigers. While the animals appear quite cool in this picture, Hartman was even cooler as he ran the animals through their paces. Photographer was not inside the cage, as it may appear, but rather shooting through the security bars when this picture was taken." •" No midway is complete without pretty girls. Usually, though, the girls are visitors, rather than concession operators, but at the Western Fair anything goes so you can expect such comely young salesladies as the one above. The girl, Marg Andrews, 19, of London, helped operate a booth which sold stuffed animals, dolls, elongated rubber horns and assorted other memorabilia of the 1970 fair." •" During the day, the Silver Dome bandshell on the Western fairgrounds offered continuous free entertainment, but at night the dome was turned into a stage for square-dancing competitions. The Checkboard Squares of Listowel, pictured above, placed second in the 10-years and under category and will compete in the finals of the dancing next Friday night." Photograph part of St. Thoma