1897 Farmers District Fair yielded bounty of three counties
Registrar, Frontier Historical Museum
The farmers of Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties worked long and hard all year tending their crops. In September, it was time to show the community what they had produced by sponsoring an old-time county fair.
On Sept. 16, 1897, farmers and their families traveled from great distances over three counties to the Farmers District Fair held at Glenwood Springs. The fairgrounds, located south of the city limits, had an exhibition building where fresh produce, canned goods and floral arrangements were placed for inspection and judging.
A grand barbecue was held, which boasted four roasted oxen, a ton of potatoes, three barrels of pickles, 500 pumpkin pies, 400 loaves of bread and crates of peaches, awaiting consumption. The feast was washed down with 100 gallons of milk and with coffee from a seemingly bottomless pot.
Children, accompanied by a band and adult vocalists, sang in the grandstands for the entertainment of fairgoers. Swimming in the Hot Springs Pool was enjoyed by young and old.
It was a memorable way to celebrate the harvest.
“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum. Located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs, the museum’s summer hours are 11-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 945-4448.
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