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Driving force behind newspaper - and lavish fair
David A. Weir was unquestionably a man of boundless energy, drive and ambition. The publisher of the Solano Republican (Daily Republic's forerunner) during the 1920s through the '40s, he became the promoter of everything Solano County.
County's first fair boasted fairly ambitious fare
Named "The Bells of Solano County Exposition," it took place in Fairfield in late May 1930. The initial idea for this event came from Solano Republican publisher David A. Weir. His goal was to combine his newspaper's 75th anniversary with a large, agriculture-oriented fair showcasing the county.
It was a lavish affair for the 1914 celebration
The July 4, 1914, Independence day celebratory event was topped off by a patriotic concert in Fairfield's ballpark, conducted by Vacaville's Brass Band.
Investing in real estate and running a newspaper
Now in its sesquicentennial year, the Daily Republic began its life in Benicia as the Solano Herald in November of 1855.
Bells of Solano rang with enthusiasm
This is the third installment of the development of "The Bells of Solano County," the first Solano County Fair. It took place in Fairfield in May 1930. The idea for the fair was conceived by David A. Weir, then publisher of the Solano Republican [...]
Fair had no trouble attracting volunteers
Late in 1929, Solano County residents once again began preparations for a large fair event. "The Bells of Solano County" was a brainchild of Solano Republican publisher David A. Weir and was heralded as the Solano County Exposition and County Fair. It was to take place May 24 to June 1, 1930.
Man driving team of horses
Looking back on the birth of the Air Force
In 1942, Fairfield was a sleepy agricultural dot on the landscape. Ragsdale airfield, as it first was known, was originally planned to be temporary. However, the mission changed as things do in wartime and the airfield became the Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Base.
First Solano fair didn't fare well financially
By 1930, most counties in California had established their own county fair. Weir felt that a county fair, showcasing agriculture, technology and local businesses, would be an efficient way to promote Solano County to its own citizens and to California at large.
Man driving 2-wheel cart in orchard
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