Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Monday, May 7, 2018

Crowded at the Fair

May 11, 1964, Appleton Post-Crescent
These photographs show the intense crowds that packed the Valley Fair Shopping Center at one of its many events throughout the year.  Be it sidewalk sales, swap meets, boat shows, or the "pig fair" in the parking lot, the shopping center acted as a second downtown to the many communities in the Fox Valley, to include Menasha.  And that doesn't even address the biggest attraction of all to young people- the Tip-Top Shows that would grace the parking lots several times a year, bringing in kids of all ages to enjoy the carnival and rides atmosphere once reserved for the once per year county fair circuit.  You can't put a price on memories like that.

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