The first three items are from previous posts. They provide some additional information about the event.
The Caddo Herald
April 12, 1901
The race program of the Blue County Fair Racing and Park Association are out. The American racing rules are to govern. Four races each day are provided for, and the purses amount to about $800. There will be other attractions besides. The meeting promises to be a success. The grounds are now being put in readiness. The dates are June 6, 7, and 8.
June 7, 1901
The Choctaw Live Stock Protective Association holds its regular meeting in Caddo today and tomorrow. There will no doubt be a large attendance, as they are here anyway to visit the fair and races. Many of them have excellent exhibits on the grounds. A sale of fine cattle will occur tomorrow. Anybody looking for a good time will not have to look long, for we have every kind.
August 27, 1926
25 Years Ago
Caddo was getting ready for the Fair. We called it the Blue County Fair, Racing and Park Association. The park was fenced and occupied the blocks now comprising all of Caddo west of Henderson Avenue and Ainsworth Street. There was a good race track and plenty of stables for horses and entries.
June 14, 1901
The Blue County Fair and Races have held a third meeting.
Beginning last Thursday the good time commenced and closed Saturday night. It was a success from every standpoint. The attendance was 500 Thursday, 800 Friday, and 1200 Saturday. The privileges etc. brought some revenue making the financial end safe. Everybody who attended had a good time and felt that they got their money’s worth. Flags and bunting gaily decorated the town and grounds. Thursday and Friday all the business houses closed from 2pm to 6pm in order that the employees might enjoy the races.
The ten acre park belonging to the Association was a veritable scene of amusement. The exhibits of live stock contained therein were very fine. Among the best we noticed:
Ellis and Riddels with about thirty head of fine shorthorn yearlings, cows, calves, and males. At their sale, held Friday, they disposed of about twenty-five head, all to breeders of high grade cattle.
Jule Hampton displayed a fine herd of Herefords.
G. A. Winter, of Durant, with a fine male weighing 1400 pounds and about thirty head of fine Poland China sows, pigs, and boars. With him was associated Mr. Wilcox of the same place.
J. C. Joyce with one fine Poland China sow and four pigs and one pure bred Berkshire pig.
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…horses in order: Miss Nettie, Jane, Charity Boy, Glen of the West.
Third race, running 1-4 mile county, all ages; purse $25, first take all. Horses in order: Rabbit, Nigger, Joe Nail, Judge, Bessie Early.
Fourth race, trotting, 1-2 mile; purse $100, $70, $20, $10. Horses in order: Hubert, Rabbit, Sabanna, Pushmataha, Belle of Johnstowne.
Seventh race, running, 1-2 mile, Territory horses; purse $25, first take all. Horses in order: W. J. Bryan, Joe Nail, Charity Boy.
Saturday morning a hard rain fell at two different times and for a time it was thought the track would be too muddy, but it was not, and after 3 o’clock two races were run as follows:
Saturday, June8- Eighth race, running 5-8 mile, 3 year old and up, selling; purse $100, $75, $15, $10. Horses in order: W. J. Bryan, Miss Nettie, Jane, Charity Boy.
Ninth race, running, 3-8 mile, 3 year old up, selling; purse $50, $35, $10, $5. Horses in order: Hubert, Choncus C., Dutchman, Rabbit.
Friday and Saturday night the Association gave an exhibition of fireworks and also an Edison Kinetescope. Many people were out both nights.
The Caddo brass band was in attendance and furnished excellent music for the occasion. It was under the leadership of W. H. Wheeler.
Everything has been carried on in an orderly and businesslike manner and much credit for the success of the meeting is due to the efforts of the Secretary Ira L. Smith and the directors, W. H. Attaway, C. A. Hancock, J. H. Nail, I. P. Smith, C. E. McPherren, and W. H. Masterson.This is the third meeting and as all have been good, getting better with each succeeding one, it bids fair to be a permanent and paying attraction for our town