With the life of the Exposition now over the hill, August opened with a display of the exposition’s inspiration. The battleships “Missouri”, “Wisconsin” and “Ohio” joined the “Oregon” in San Francisco Bay by way of the Panama Canal. It was the “Oregon’s” two-month voyage from San Francisco to Florida, by way of around Cape Horn, to join the war against Spain, which provided the onus for the building of a canal, which could bridge the US Navy. Over the next few days, the crews participated in Exposition activities and guests were allowed to tour the ships anchored off the Marina. The National German-American Alliance celebrated their annual meeting at the Exposition and August 5th was deemed German-American Day. The city of Richmond celebrated their 10th anniversary on August 7th.
The department of Manufactures and Varied Industries had their day on August 10th. The day was celebrated with band performances and speeches. The Exposition President brought to everyone’s attention that the fair was enjoying economic success of approximately $12,000 net per day. The speaker from Japan, Jiro Harada, used his time to promote the retention of skilled labor across the world where technology and affordability threatened the quality of future products. The “new South” was celebrated on August 13th. Dixie Day, as it was called, brought attention to the South’s new economic model of factories and global commerce.