Boothby's entry, Elks' Carnival, Labor Day, 1920

  • Boothby's entry, Elks' Carnival, Labor Day, 1920
  • "The annual Labor Day Carnival, hosted by the Wakefield Lodge of Elks, was held on Monday, September 6th, 1920 at Wakefield Center Depot field on Water Street. The event was reported to be 'one of the biggest outdoor carnivals ever conducted in this vicinity.' The activities began at 10 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m., and included daylight fireworks with 'Japanese bombs,' lights and streamers band concerts by the Boston City Band and the fife and drum corps of Branch I.N.F. Star Vaudeville acts by the B.F. Keith circuit, midway attractions, sideshows, dodgers, 'walking Charlie,' and flying horses for the children. The evening fireworks display was staged by the Randolph Fireworks Company. Among the highlights of the day was the crowning of the carnival queen, Mildred O'Connell of Reading, a title she won by popular vote. Her prize was a 'purse of $50 in gold.' The crowning was preceded by a parade through Wakefield, Reading and Stoneham, which may have included this automobile entered by Mrs. Mabel S. Boothby who was entered into the decorated auto parade. Mrs. Boothby enjoyed decorating her car and entering it into parades, including the 1922 Fourth of July parade when her auto captured first place in the decorated auto section. In that parade, her car was 'a blaze of glory...a shining wonder of orange crepe paper.' Other highlights of the 1920 carnival included the drawing for the winners of a doll cart and a coaster cart, and the grand prize of a touring automobile. In 1920, a Ford touring automobile cost $575. A dual electric starting and lighting system cost an additional $75." -- Text from calendar by Jayne M. D'Onofrio.
  • Image from the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department annual calendar, 2004
  • Photo courtesy of Wakefield Historical Society.
  • 1920
  • Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department


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