stock-fair, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more English stock livestock + fair periodical gathering of buyers and sellers.
1. A livestock auction and farmers' gathering held in a country district. Also attributive.
1892 The Jrnl 20 Sept. 1October Stock Fair.
1917 Grocott’s Penny Mail 23 Apr. 1Grahamstown Stock Fair: 16 Salted Tollies, 16 Trek Oxen, 20 Donkey Geldings.
1948 George & Knysna Herald 4 June 3Monthly Stock Fair, Summary of entries to date: 355 Prime Boer Goats.
1966 I. Vaughan These Were my Yesterdays 47Last Stock Fair Day in Beaufort, Jehu bet Ou Broer he would race him with his horses, Duke and Gift, against his Ford to the Kroomie Hotel, and beat him.
1970 V. Rosenberg Sunflower 15Regular stock fairs brought the farmers to town more frequently than had the old Nagmaal gatherings.
1971 Grocott’s Mail 4 June 4My next stock fair at Alexandria will be held at the New Municipal Pens, Alexandria.
1977 Fair Lady 25 May 188Our next Berlin stock fair will be held on Monday, August 2, at 11 a.m.
1990 [see stokvel sense 1].
2. transferred sense. An earlier form of stokvel (now obsolete). Also attributive.
1948 E. Hellmann Rooiyard 43Commercialised beer-brewing has given rise to an institution known as the ‘stockfair’, which can be roughly defined as a mutual benefit society. Stockfair is primarily a women’s society, although men have infrequently tried to adopt it. The stockfair has two functions: to assist in disposing of any surplus beer which has remained unsold during the week-end, and to act as a kind of savings society.
1963 A.M. Louw 20 Days 100Tonight we will have our stockfele — stockfair, beer drinker’s meeting — in peace.
1965 E. Mphahlele Down Second Ave 124Marabastad life:..Sunday afternoon ‘stock-fair’ parties where clubs entertained themselves after pooling their wages to give to each member in turn.
A livestock auction and farmers' gathering held in a country district. Also attributive.
An earlier form of stokvel (now obsolete). Also attributive.

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