Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Maxinkuckee Agricultural Fair

After the Chautauqua failed Mr. Culver offered it to the citizens of Marshall county, an indefinite leasehold on thirty or forty acres of land to be used for the purpose of holding an annual fair. He graded and laid off a half-mile track, planted trees, and largely assisted in erecting a grand stand and necessary buildings, besides the buildings that remained from the Chautauqua camp.

So for a brief while the area was used as a fairground for Union Township being leased in 1889 to the 'Maxinkuckee Fair Association' and it opened in 1891.

The fair was discontinued in 1895 because but it too also proved not to be a profitable venture; the Agriculture 1895 fair Booklet bears many ads and pictures. It was a venture that lasted all of two years, doubtless because of the location so far from the center of the county, this enterprise was gradually abandoned, and finally the land reverted to the estate, after the failure to hold a meeting for three years.

1893 - Jul 27 - Special Premium - H. H. Culver offers, through the Maxenkuckee Agricultural Association, a special premium of a $68 range for the best variety of canned fruit exhibited at the fair to be held October 3, 4, 5, and G, on the grounds of the society at Marmont. The fruit to become the property of the association and to be sold at public auction on the last day of the fair. Every housewife in Marshall county ought to compete for this useful and desirable, prize. - Argos Reflector

1896 - Aug 5 - The sixth annual fair of the Maxinkuckee agricultural association will be held at Culver Park, Marmont, August 18, 19, 20 and 21. The management are endeavoring to make this the best fair ever held by the association. Keep the dates in mind, and not only go and see the big pumpkins and fine stock, but the big crowd as well. Your best friends will undoubtedly all be there - Argos Reflector