Sometimes we read things from the old papers with very little attention to actual content and detail. Oh, we think we understand the history of our community and we are amused by things like the mention of the “iceless refrigerator”, but I want you to read this and give it some serious thought for a moment. It should be even more meaningful to anyone who has worked on our recent Heritage Day celebrations. I’m not questioning Mr. Crossett’s math, and you know I’m his #1 fan, so I’d just like for you to imagine Caddo with about five thousand people wandering around each day for three days. (If you have serious doubts about numerical accuracy, I’ll let you think about this with half of that number in mind.) Food, water, shelter, parking, bathrooms, livestock containment, feeding the livestock, first aid???? How in the world did they do all of that? (The photo is 1912, the only crowd shot we have. I zoomed in on part of it.)
The Caddo Herald
August 25, 1916
Carnival was a Grand Success
From very standpoint the Eighth Annual Caddo Corn Carnival was a success.
The weather man first favored us with hot, dry and dusty weather so people could come to Caddo.
The attendance was large every day. Fully fifteen thousand people visited the Carnival during the three days. They came from everywhere: Bryan county towns were more largely represented than any other, though many people came from a distance. The road to Durant was alive at all time with wagons, buggies, autos, and horses. The same may be said of the roads to Bennington, Bokchito, and Kenefick. Quite a number came from Denison, Sherman, Coalgate, and Atoka. Then from the country intervening came large crowds who came to have a good time and they had it. There was amusement enough for all.
To the only feature for which an admission was charged- the roping- there were sold something over five thousand tickets. This gives an idea of the attendance; for only a small per cent of the crowd attended this feature. The remaining features of the Carnival were free. Six thousand people saw the fireworks display.
And through it all there was no disturbance. People came to have fun, and they behaved themselves. Very little drinking went on – no fights. People were in a good humor. It is to the credit of Oklahoma that such a large crowd could assemble and have so little disturbance.
The parade came off Thursday noon as planned- and it was in keeping with the reputation that Caddo has made all along. It was magnificent. The decorations were pretty and in good taste. The judges had considerable difficulty in arriving at decisions because of the uniform class to all the decorated vehicles.
The auto of Boone & Styrons received first prize and that of the Civic Club second. The buggy of the Woman’s Club first.
The agricultural exhibits were not as large as in former years, but in quality they surpassed anything yet had.
John M. White, District agent U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, assisted Mr. Fash in judging the agricultural exhibits. Mr. White says that he was agreeably surprised to find such exhibits both in quality and quantity. Mr. White used the latest scorecard in judging the corn and according to his opinion some of the samples would be a credit to the National Corn Show.
Miss McPheeters form the Domestic Science Dept. of the A. & M. College assisted Mrs. Fash in conducting demonstrations with the fireless cooker and iceless refrigerator.
Mr. Louis Brannin, county agent of McAlester, Okla. judged the livestock. Mr. Brannin is a Texas man and a graduate of the A. & M. College, specializing in livestock.
The livestock exhibit was had just one day Saturday and there were many fine animals here.
While an amount of interest was taken in the farm and livestock exhibits, (it was) not as much as should have been exercised. The people seemed to come for amusement rather than instruction- but those who took advantage of seeing these things and who brought exhibits are better off for the effort than they would have been had they neglected it.
The boys and girls clubs showed a wonderful work. Their exhibits were something to be proud of and these boys and girls in the future will be the mainstay of the country. They should be encouraged in these efforts to succeed.