I’m almost finished with a comprehensive history of Caddo’s Corn Carnival which entertained thousands of visitors from 1909 to 1919. One of the reasons for the success of the carnival was the aggressive promotion of it by local residents. Many of them worked tirelessly throughout the year to plan and prepare for the annual event.
August 11, 1916
Carnival Boosters Make Trip Yes’d’y
Sixteen gaily decorated autos loaded with about a hundred enthusiastic boosters for the Caddo Corn Carnival left yesterday morning for a trip through the county advertising Caddo and the Carnival.
The party was led by H. T. Chiles and the route embraced Durant, Calera, Colbert, Achille, Blue, Bokchito, and Bennington.
Word from the crowd indicates that they are receiving a hearty reception. At Durant they were joined by a number of Durant people who were anxious to help boost the Carnival and their own Fair which will be held Sept. 14, 15, and 16.
Several of the cars went on to Denison and Sherman where also they received a hearty welcome.