Local counselor Jerry Adamson has become a fixture at the state fair, taking the opportunity to show off bits and pieces of his extensive collection of Bibles and antiques.
This year, Adamson managed to dig up items which fit entry qualifications for 40 out of 50 categories in the fair’s antiques division, bringing home one First Place, one Second Place, and one Honorable Mention.
The top-performing entry was a unique antique bell which he entered in the Fishing Item category. The small bell, he explained, could be attached to a fishing pole to wake a sleeping fisherman when he had gotten a bite.
The second-place ribbon was awarded in the Boy Scout category. Adamson entered his own childhood teddy bear – we won’t do the math on whether this makes Adamson an ‘antique’ himself – which he remembers his Boy Scout Den Mother putting in a little uniform and playfully teasing the scouts with.
The Honorable Mention went to Adamson’s 202-year-old Bible, in the Bible category. Adamson is a devoted collector of antique Bibles, but said that he could not top this year’s state fair winner, which was a manuscript from the 1600’s.
Of his 40 entries, Adamson said that his personal favorite was in the military category. He entered a booklet called Getting Back to Civilian Life, which was issued his father and others upon returning from WWII.
Another personal favorite was a WWII Bible given to black soldiers from black churches of the time, which he placed in the Black Memorabilia category.
“I never collected antiques, except for Bibles and flags,” Adamson said, “but when you get old, the things you own are antiques.”
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