The Daily Ardmoreite
August 22, 1913
Corn Carnival at Caddo
O.K. Darden Says the Farm and Live Stock Exhibits Rival State Fair
In speaking of the Caddo Corn Carnival today upon his return from that city, O. K. Darden said it is a rival of the state fair. Fully 15,000 visitors were there, electric light and telephone wires are hung with corn and kafir corn; the exhibit of livestock was the equal of the state fair and while it is called a corn carnival, the event is really a fair where exhibits of all kinds are found. The parade, he said, was one of the prettiest things he has ever seen in the state. Gorgeous floats were built by the individual business men of the town. The lumber dealer built a house on wheels; the lawn and trees, etc. were all with the house and this was seen in the parade. Caddo as seen in 1879 was represented by an eight-ox team driven to a heavy wagon, behind which a woman drove a brindle cow.
Bryan County is the banner farmers’ institute county in the state says Mr. Darden and they must be in harmony or such a fair could not be given.
Note: O. K. Darden was District 3 Carter County Commissioner, 1907-1912 and 1923-1930.