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A Day at the County Fair by Alice Hale Burnett

The Merryvale Girls

A DAY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

by

ALICE HALE BURNETT

Author of "Beth's Garden Party," "Geraldine's Birthday Surprise," "A Day at the County Fair," Etc.

Pictures by Charles F. Lester

The New York Book Co. 201-213 East 12th Street New York

Copyright, 1916, by American Authors Publishing Co.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE INVITATION 9

II. THE MOTOR TRIP 15

III. THE PICNIC LUNCH 22

IV. THE FUN BEGINS 25

V. THE GREASED POLE 32

VI. JERRY'S TREAT 37

VII. UNCLE BILLY'S STORY 44

VIII. AN EXCITING MOMENT 52

IX. HOME AGAIN 58

[Illustration: With a queer swaying motion the huge ball rose slowly in the air.]

A DAY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

CHAPTER I

THE INVITATION

"Oh, push it harder, much harder, so I can go away up to the tree tops," cried Jerry. "Don't you just love to fly through the air this way?"

Mary Lee gave the swing one more push.

"There!" she exclaimed, "that's the best I can do, Geraldine White. I'm hot all over now," and she dropped down on the soft grass at the foot of a big tree.

"After the old cat dies, I'll give you a fine swing," promised Jerry. "You'll think you're in an airship."

"Indeed you won't," protested Mary. "It's horrid and makes me feel ill. Oh, look," she exclaimed, "here comes Beth Burton."

Flying down the street, her hair streaming behind her, came Beth, her cheeks aglow and her dark eyes dancing with excitement.

Mary had run at once to meet her and Jerry followed as soon as she could stop the swing.

"It's the loveliest news," panted Beth when she had reached them--"an invitation."

"Oh, do tell us what it is," demanded the other two in chorus.

"Well," continued Beth, placing an arm about each as they all walked up the path, "it's to go motoring. My uncle Billy is going to take us," and she gave each girl a little hug. "But that isn't all," she added. "There's a surprise on the end of the ride."


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