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pb. 225 pages
Detselig Enterprises Ltd
Awed, Amused &
Alarmed: Fairs, Rodeos & Regattas in Western Canada
step right up and see the most amazing sight to ever come this way...".
Initially, the popular culture of fairs, rodeos, regattas and circuses seems inconsequential compared to the history of Canadas involvement in two world wars and the Depression, but that pop culture supported
government efforts and encouraged people during those trying times.
Such culture affected individuals and communities. In fact, this
rich and diverse history awaits the simply curious, as well as serious social historians. Discovering its truths may be even
more difficult than deliniating political and economic history.
small towns to big cities, organizers wanted to showcase the best
their communities had to offer. But local fairs grew far beyond
their humble beginnings as agricultural exhibits. Audiences thrilled
to see daring competitors and performers, laughed at comedians and
clowns, and were left in awe of new technological marvels like flight.
book covers many of those stories, including ones challenging to
tell because they also reflect prejudices and injustices of the
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