100 years ago in Spokane: Outdoor fair with 'scent of the wilds' seeks to bring sportsmen to region

Spokane opened its second annual Sportsmen’s and Tourists’ Fair in an ambitious attempt to lure thousands of tourists to the region.

The attractions included several elaborate exhibits, including Newman Lake’s display, titled, “An Old Timer’s Camp at Honeymoon Bay.”

The “soil, plants and mass of the woods” were used to re-create a campsite, complete with an A-frame tent and a “log fire with frying pan in which a bannock (skillet cake) is cooking.”

The display even “has the scent of the wilds.”

A fish display required “12 tons of ice to freeze.” Another exhibit contained mounted heads of elk, deer and mountain goats.

The chairman of the event expected

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