From the November 16, 1922 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
School Fair Big Success Each School Represented.
About 800 Entries — Union Valley Won 28 Prizes and Mount Vernon 25.
The school fair last Saturday was a big success in spite of the rain and mud. Each school in the district was represented with a booth well decorated with farm products, home economics, manual training and charts.
The rain early Saturday morning did not keep many of the children from bringing in their entries. The roads were too bad for cars, but through the courtesy of the farmers, the exhibits, were brought in to town in buggies and wagons.
Union Valley carried away twenty-eight of the prizes and Mount Vernon was second, taking twenty-five.
Dorothy Winger of Mount Vernon won a prize on most number of entries by girls, having 42 entries, and Raymond Hayes, of Burr Oak on most number of entries by boys, having 40 entries.
The essay on “Benefits of a School Fair,” was won by Rebekah Botkin, of Burr Oak with Mary Esther Loucks, of the town grades, as second. The essays were graded by Miss Mattie Dykes, of the State Teachers College.
The fair this year was far ahead of the one last year, and was, by some who have visited many of the school fairs in the county, one of the best that has been held in Nodaway county.
The judges were: R. A. Kinnaird, County Farm Agent, W. W. Stanfield, head of the Department of Agricultural at the State Teachers College, L. G. Sommerville, County Superintendent, Mrs. W. W. Stanfield and Miss Viola Barber.