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Adair County Fair days: Grover, Dallas Pickett & the Monkey Man

Grover Gilpin recalled the story of the Dallas Pickett retrieving the free acts star attraction, and how he got the $10 reward the monkey's owner refused to pay
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By Ed Waggener
Re-telling Howard Keltner's Story

Somebody has to write a book about the late Grover Cleveland Gilpin. Someone has to write one about the late Dallas Pickett. When they do they'll need to interview Howard Keltner, the 84 year old gentleman farmer lives on Bull Run Road, and still assists and advises lease holder Bruce Willis.

He recalls a story Grover Gilpin told him about the time the free act at an Adair County Fair included a man with a performing Monkey. The Monkey went awol and climbed a tree. The Monkey Man was desperate to retrieve, him, and offered Dallas Pickett a $10 reward to bring him back.

Dallas Pickett took him up, Howard recalls. He climbed the tree, but the monkey wasn't about to be recaptured. He clawed and pawed at Mr. Pickett, inflicting some serious wounds, but, in the end, Dallas Pickett prevailed and brought the monkey down, into the waiting arms of the Monkey Man.

He immediately demanded his $10. Unfortunately, the Monkey Man wasn't up to the task of keeping the monkey captivity. The monkey broke loose.

Dallas demanded his pay, but the Monkey Man refused; Dallas insisted. And the Monkey Man asked him what he was going to do about it.

Dallas just looked at him, and said, "I'd a lot rather take on you than face that monkey again," Howard recalls Grover saying.

The Monkey Man paid off, Howard said the story goes.

As with many watching the monument work, Howard Keltner was interested in details about when the monument was erected, the meanings of artifacts, and important dates in the history of the fairground. He recalled that the swimming pool came after the monument, and that the Blue VFW post hall came still later, the monument, and hoped historians will start to put the important dates in chronological order.

This story was posted on 2017-08-04 07:33:29
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