July 15, 1886

The Belfast base ball team made an excursion to Rockland on Thursday last to cross bats with the team of that city. The trip was made on steamer Rockland, the excursion party being small. Rockland only recently organized a ball club, and has hardly got used to the business, but she leads in polo and no doubt will in future have a good ball team. It is somewhat remarkable, but true, that in all the base ball encounters with Belfast, Rockland has never yet won a game. The game on Thursday was long, tedious and uninteresting. The fence is so near the catcher that nearly all the foul tips send the ball outside and much time is lost in hunting for it. Underwood and Nagle were the battery for the Rocklands, and Goodwin and Knowlton for the Belfasts. Every one expected that the Belfasts would win and the score 18 to 5 surprised no one.

July 11, 1918

A great deal of work has been accomplished this season at the New Belfast Fair grounds and the management plan to have races in a few weeks with a good list of entries. The track is in excellent condition. The road to the grandstand has been graded and an auto road across the center field will be greatly improved. It is also planned to build a 9-foot sidewalk, a feature the public will appreciate. A new board fence has been built at the front of the grounds and a large archway at the main entrance bearing a sign “The New Belfast Fair.” The stables are in fine condition and stalls for the use of the exhibitors will soon be placed in position.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian of Belfast Free Library.