This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As we write, the various fairs and exhibitions are being held over the whole country, and we have in this wholesale way to return thanks for the scores of admission tickets and invitations now lying before us.
It is evident that these annual fairs are capable of being made of immense service, and it is at the same time certain that they do not do near the good which they might do. Perhaps at this time, with the matter fresh on their minds, managers might be led to reflect on the best methods of progressing. Fairs and exhibitions are generally popular. People want a holiday. They like to go and see one another, and the chance of seeing an old friend, and having a talk about old times, make a good part of the attractions. But there can be no fair without the exhibitors; yet it is a notorious fact with those engaged in getting up these exhibitions, that the " committee" have generally to get on their knees and beg of exhibitors to "send something" to the Fair.
The result is that it is extremely rare that anything of any great merit is seen at exhibitions. It is a common remark from those that look on, " We have much better than these at home."
Why do not exhibitors exhibit? This is the great question for managers. Suggestions have from time to time been offered in our pages. They may not have been just what is needed. Let us hear more.