As the North Carolina State Fair ends today, it seemed fitting to post this tidbit regarding the Askew family and the history of the fair.
William F. Askew, my great-great-great-grandfather, served on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Agricultural Society in 1873, when the State Fair moved from its original location to its second site in Raleigh, across from NC State University. It occupied approximately 55 acres along Hillsborough Road from Brooks Avenue to Horne Street, according to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Highway Marker Number H-34. The Agricultural Society ran the fair until 1927 when the Agriculture Department took over and the Agricultural Society disbanded. It moved to its present location in 1928.
Here is an excerpt from the North Carolina Agricultural Almanac 1873, published by L. Branson. You will find William F. Askew’s name listed in the Executive Committee.