The Caddo Herald
August 18, 1911
Short History of the Caddo Corn Carnival
The Caddo Corn Carnival could be classed as one of the marvels of the history of small towns.
For years and years, dating when the memory of man growth dim, Caddo has been famous for giving annual picnics that were good ones, where something to entertain the people was furnished and where everybody had a good time. These events were looked forward to by the people and the dates once announced were not forgotten and the people came for many miles to be Caddo’s guests.
Two years ago, 1909, it was decided to add the carnival feature to the picnic. The town of Caddo subscribed $300 to be used in defraying expense, offering prizes, etc. The committee worked hard and from their efforts evolved the first Caddo Corn Carnival. It was largely attended each day. Appropriate corn decorations were used and the parade that was had was a wonder.
The exhibits of corn were numerous and may other farm products were exhibited, so that the display was very creditable for the first effort. Every prize was paid in cash as advertised and the exhibitors’ were well satisfied with their treatment.
Last year the second corn carnival was announced and held. It exceeded by far the first one because of the experience gained and the attendance was larger, the prizes more attractive, and the exhibits more numerous.
This year the town of Caddo has contributed about $500 for the carnival. All this money has been hung up as prizes for different products and will be paid as announced in cash. There is no waiting and no entrance fee. No ten per cent is deducted from the prize winners for entrance; there are absolutely no strings to the money other than that the prize must be won by someone living in Caddo’s trade territory which includes the northern part of Bryan and the southern part of Atoka counties.
The committee has provided many amusements for the people besides those that are free. There will be many of an educational nature to see, (to) which a small admission fee will be charged. The steam swing this year is along new lines and is one of the finest amusement devices known in carnival history. The exhibit branch of the Carnival has been extended this year to include livestock and ladies handiwork. These items will be in charge of the Civic club, and it promises to be a popular feature of the exhibition.
The Carnival is a permanent feature and will be added to each year. The town of Caddo is paying for it and they expect to continue every year to offer suitable premiums for the best products in almost every line of industry.
The Carnival is for the amusement and instruction of the visitors who come here. Every effort will be made for the enjoyment of the people. Entrance to the grounds is free. There will be plenty of free ice water to drink and plenty of good water for stock that also is free. The stands will be able to supply those with all the food necessary at a reasonable price. Caddo will don her holiday rags and expect everybody to “go it kid”.
When you have visited this Carnival you will want to come back. Next year Caddo will give another Carnival and naturally it will be even better than this one.
Remember Caddo is always glad to welcome her visitors.