By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

From Our Files

1946: Thousands visit Hartley for big celebration


August 26, 2021

• Aug. 29, 1946

The 1946 4-H fair and Iowa centennial celebration which was held in Hartley was a huge success in every way. Crowds numbering between 10,000 and 12,000 for the final two days were above expectations. The Hartley Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion, who were the sponsors, reported the celebration was a financial success in addition to being enjoyable for all.

The Hartley Public School was preparing for the first day of classes on Sept. 3. With a large freshman class anticipated, it was expected that the high school enrollment would be nearly 200.

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