14 - After Harvest Festivals & Muck Crop Shows

posted Sep 18, 2015, 1:37 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Sep 18, 2015, 1:53 PM ]
For twenty five years, 1906 to 1931, the business men and other citizens of North Judson sponsored the Annual After-harvest Jubilee, a fall festival, with exhibits of farm products, poultry, livestock, baking, sewing and school work.  Liberal prizes were given and free entertainment was provided.  A special feature was a parade of bands and floats.  Through the years this developed into a large Home Coming Event. 

Six Muck Crops Shows, the first in 1935, were held in North Judson, with large displays of crops grown on the muck soils of northern Indiana.  Roscoe Fraser, a Mucks Crops specialist of the Extension Service and Agricultural Department of Purdue University ably supervised the shows, which were attended by many thousand each year.  A special entertainment feature on the closing night was the selection and crowning of a Muck Crops Queen.  A picture of Congressman Charles Halleck and Ex-Governor Harold W. Handley weighing the 90 pound prize pumpkin, at the time of the last show in 1958, is shown elsewhere in this publication.