This is Chambers’ Corner ….. the occasional occupant of a corner of this blog, where Bob Chambers, an Evening Tribune photographer from 1957 to 1970, presents some of his photographs from that era …… Readers are asked to please comment!
By Bob Chambers
When I heard that the Niagara Regional Exhibition has been cancelled for at least this current year’s edition, I couldn’t believe it. SACRILEGE, I thought.
Calling it the NRE never caught on, lets face it, it’s still Welland Fair. Yes, the NRE was always the Welland Fair to me.
This picture of mine that I took for the Tribune in oh, possibly 1964, is the old fair that I remember. The fair that had its heart crammed into the infield of the race track. The fair that was in what now seems an impossibly small spot, was looked forward to all summer by every student in Welland County ….. because it was the biggest treat they had. It was no big deal even with having to park your car blocks away, as your trek was along friendly, tree-lined streets.
So here are three high-schoolers from (I believe) Fonthill. We’re reasonably sure his name is Barry, and they’re obviously enjoying these bites of cotton candy. The lights on the ferris-wheel are blurred by my camera’s short time exposure.
Hey, maybe some reader / viewer will provide identification of the teenagers.
Bob Chambers, Tribune photographer 1957-1970
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