Letter: Here's hoping next year's fair is kinder than this one

Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2014, 11:00 pm
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My wife and I had planned to attend the Mississippi Valley Fair this year. We hadn't been there for a long time. We drove to the fairgrounds and looked for a place to park. We finally found a handicapped parking place close to the gate.

We bought our tickets and walked in. We were going to look at the livestock building first that was on the other side of the fairgrounds: A long walk.

There were about 20 golf carts with security guards riding around. We asked them if we could get a ride. They said no can do. We walked around, saw the sites, got something to eat and drink.

About three hours later, we started back to our car which was parked next to the gate. The guard said I was given orders not to open this gate. You will have to walk to the next one. We had to walk to the next gate and then back to where our car was parked which was where we started from. That was a very long walk for us.

I saw on the television that some handicapped people complained to the fairgrounds director that some of his employees were disrespectful. The fair director fired them. He set the rules. He should have been dismissed. Maybe next year will be different.

Chuck McDonnell,
Rock Island


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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