On December 1st, the Women’s Board threw a closing reception, dinner and dancing, which was dedicated to Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Arthur Murray, the former being the first United States Chief of Coast Artillery. It was a time for enjoyment and celebration with no speeches being made. Mrs. Phoebe A. Hearst presided at the dinner.
The final event of the Livestock Department, the Children’s Pet Exhibit, took place on December 2nd and 3rd. The Women’s Board was vital to its success holding three months of meetings in the lead up. The San Francisco Examiner held a prize contest for the best essay on the humane treatment of pets. Thousands of children participated and even more showed up to watch. Among the animals present were: squirrels, frogs, birds, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, pheasants, pigeons, a bear and more! The children received ribbons and made poster displays. It was remarked that the children seemed to know more about the animals than the judges.