SALEM HISTORY: The legendary scones of the Oregon State Fair

By 1955, the Fisher Flouring Mills Scone booth at the Oregon State Fair had become an institution. These images show the booth in action churning out scones.

The McEwan Photo Shop was commissioned by a Seattle-based advertising firm to capture these shots. Hard to tell in the black and white photo, newspaper descriptions of the booth call it “Done in bright red and white the booth has stainless steel equipment and a rotary oven for baking the scones.”

The scones booth at the Oregon State Fair (Willamette Heritage Center Collections 2006.002.0981.001-002)

We can almost taste them! Do you remember scones at the State Fair? Let us know! Contact Kylie Pine at Willamette Heritage Center, [email protected].

Editor’s note: This column is part of an effort from Salem Reporter to highlight local history in collaboration with area historians and historical organizations. If you have any feedback or would like to participate in Salem Reporter’s local history series, please contact managing editor Rachel Alexander at [email protected].

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Kylie Pine is the curator of the Willamette Heritage Center. She regularly shares historical photos with Salem Reporter and invites readers to share what they may know. Contact her at [email protected] or 503-585-7012.