Here are articles from two different newspapers talking about the upcoming Rochester Exposition. It sounds like it would be a great event to go to. It was held at Exposition Park which is now Edgerton Park on Dewey Avenue. That park doesn’t look like there would be enough room for all the attractions.
The Honeoye Falls Times
Thursday, Aug. 26, 1915
ROCHESTER WILL SOON BECOME A MECCA
EIGHTH ANNUAL EXPOSITION OPENS AUGUST 30 FOR TWO WEEKS
Rochester will be the mecca towards which all eyes in Western and Central New York will turn from August 30 to September 11. In this two weeks’ period it is expected that 300,000 people will pass to witness the eighth annual Rochester Exposition.
When the big show opens on August 30, with the whirr and clatter of hundreds of wheels, with the operation of wheels, with the operation of massive machinery, with the demonstration of scores of Manufacturing processes that have made Rochester the great city of diversified industrials on the continent, it will start this year under the most favoring auspices that have environed it since its inception.
As the center of the greatest farming and fruit growing section of the east, the factors that have sided so materially in the growth of the city and that contribute so much at this juncture to its continued prosperity, have been fostered. The most notable improvement in the new program will be the greatly enlarged space to be devoted to the agricultural exhibits.
The horse show, now in its fourth year, will be one of the prominent features of the program of the largest open air show in the United States, as the classes have been increased and the entries doubled and trebled year after year.
The band concerts are features that have contributed much to the popularity of the big show. Here opportunity is offered to hear the finest musical organizations in the country. This year another complete new program is presented, Francesco Ferullo’s band of Chicago will be heard during the first week and the famous Old Guard band of Philadelphia, of which Frank D. Moran is the leader, will be the feature of the second week.
The “Better Babies” contest will be featured again, having passed the experimental stage. This is a scientific exhibition&Mdash;not a “beauty” show.
There will be numerous special exhibits by the State Department that merit attention by reason of their educational value. There will also be a fine arts display, now shown in an adequate fireproof art gallery. There is a dog show that brings together some of the best bred nannies of the country. There is a bee exhibit, unique of its kind. There is a poultry show, ranking high in merit with the big poultry shows of the country, The cattle exhibit will show some of the finest specimens of the best known breeds. There will be hippodrome and circus acts, fireworks, races and amusements attractions that have always featured at the exposition. Auto polo, the sport of thrills, will again be soon.
The MONROE COUNTY MAIL
Thursday, Aug. 26, 1915
Hurricane, the fastest trotting ostrich in the world, claimed to be the fleeted-footed bird in Existence, will be one of the feature acts at the Rochester Exposition that opens August 30th for two weeks. The bird weighs 400 pounds, stands ten feet high and has a stride from 12 to 15 feet. It can trot half a mile in 1:07, almost squalling the records of the best trotting horses in training. Attached to a sulky plow, the trotting bird seems to lose its natural awkwardness and transforms itself into a speed machine of high power.
With all its oddities and contrariness, it possesses one unique and somewhat strange characteristic. When an ostrich mates, it is for life; in the event of the death or removal of either bird, the other never remates. Hurricane is a widower, his mate, Edna May, having met a fatal accident three years ago. Although the animal is in his prime, he will never again have another mate, but will remain to the end a disconsolate widower.
Auto polo was introduced upstate, three years ago when contests between four teams were first staged at the Rochester Exposition. The first introduction presented a thrill, which spectators at the exposition never forgot. The auto polo contests were continued last year and they occupy again a prominent place on the program of the exposition, which opens August 30, Auto road races and speed contests on a straightaway track have lost their novelty, but auto polo is a diversion of which the spectator is never sated. The contests are so spectacular, hair-raising and obviously dangerous that the thrill always comes back at each exhibition.