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Mansfield's Fabulous 1890s Weekend 2008
In 1892 the Mansfield Normal School hosted the first occurrence in the country of a football game played under lights. For more information see Chester P. Bailey's article about it. Starting in 1992, Mansfield Borough and Mansfield University started an annual celebration to commemorate and celebrate it. The event  includes a reenactment of the football game in vintage uniforms, as well as a parade, a museum tent, food concessions, craft booths, sports and music, and other events of interest. Mansfield High School also schedules alumni events for this weekend. Some of the people wear vintage clothing to commemorate the event.
Chester and Mary Bailey, former owners and editors of the Mansfield Advertiser, founded the Fabulous 1890s Museum. The museum tent includes displays of Chester's extensive photo collection, as well as displays of Grange artifacts, railroad artifacts, and  wool spinning display. Displays vary from year to year. Mary is now in nursing home, but Chester continues with his photo displays with the helpof his daughter Barbara Bailey McConnell

I will present here some of the photos I took of the 1890s Day 2008 celebration September 26 and 27. 

The wool spinners and knitters in costume Joyce's Display of school books of the nineteenth century from her Sullivan Township Museum

Go Ahead! Rain on My Parade.

.Here comes the Parade decked out with umbrellas and rain ponchos. Tom Wierboski, the Mayor of Mansfield, 
bravely leads the way
The first band left the more vulnerable instruments safe and dry and marched with a limited selection. 
Hooray for them! Some bands declined to march so these are the bravest of the brave.
The Dignitaries ride in style making the best of a bad situation
No shrinking violets, these. 
The Princesses march in their best princess sneakers through the puddles.
The East West Karate school students perform
The bagpipers march with their pretty kilts covered with rain gear.
Mansfield's Wet Children March in 1890s Costume
Bonnie Roupp and her soggy miniature horses. She says they enjoyed a day out of the pasture.
The Red Hat Society - Singin' in the rain.
Mansfield is a clean town. The cleanup crew follow the last of the horses. 
Troop 182 Girl Scouts
Girl Scout Troop 408

OK, where are the Boy Scouts??

Tioga County's Democrats join the parade.
The Donkey Rides High comemorating this election year.
The Williamson High School Band
The Reeneactment 1890s football players bring up the rear.
Thanks to all the determined paraders who would not let the rain send them away.
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 28 SEP 2008
By Joyce M. Tice
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