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Guide to the Records of The Douglas County Fair, 1892-1997

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2010

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2010-12-01
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorDouglas County Fair Board (Colo.)
TitleRecords of The Douglas County Fair
Dates: 1892-1997
Size1 cubic foot, 1 record carton.
Abstract:The Douglas County Fair Collection contains Fair program and premium lists from 1892, 1894 and 1918-1997. The collection is not complete for these years. The books changed names over the years, but all have been labeled as "programs" to preserve the continuity of the information. The collection also includes a small amount of ephemera from 1954, 1970, 1991, 1992 and 1996, and some fair board correspondence, much of it undated.
Collection Number1992.028
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, chronologically within subject headings.

Scope and Content

The Douglas County Fair Collection contains Fair program and premium lists from 1892, 1894 and 1918 - 1997. The collection is not complete for these years. The books contain information about businesses, schools, people, events and interests in Douglas County, Colorado. The programs include photographs; business advertisements and listings; lists of those competing for and/or those donating prizes; changes in the types of competitions; biographical information about local people connected with the Fair; as well as histories and other types of information. The collection also includes a small amount of ephemera from 1954, 1970, 1991, 1992 and 1996. There is not a vast sampling of ephemera, but what is included gives an idea of the changes in advertising. There are also a couple of articles about the fair. Fair Board Correspondence mainly takes the form of handwritten notes, many of which are undated.

Biography / History

1892 - The First Annual Douglas County Fair. Competition classes included: (A) Farm and Garden Producers. (B)Best Display of Fruit. (C) House Plants. (D)Kitchen and Pantry Stores. (E) Fine Arts. (F) Poultry and Pet Stock. (G) Turkeys. (H) Cattle.

1894 - The Second Annual Douglas County Fair. There is a line drawing of the Douglas County Courthouse on the back of the book. There were no cash prizes given in 1894.

1918 - There was a gap between 1894 and 1918. The 1918 Fair was also identified as the First Annual Douglas County Fair. The second page of the program explains the gap. This program once again includes advertisements and cash prizes. The 1918 Fair schedule included races, dances, a livestock sale, and exhibits as well as agricultural competitions. There were no domestic categories.

1919 - The "Second Annual Douglas County Fair." Department F was Home Economics, classes included baking, canning, candy, honey, dairy products, relics, embroidery, crocheting, tatting, knitting, and novelties.

1923 - The Sixth Annual Douglas County Fair Program includes a Clason's Midget Road Map of Colorado. There were 441 adult competition classes including a "Commercial Designing" class. Department I was for School Exhibits.

1925 - The 1925 program was indexed at the back.

1948 - There are no programs in the collection for the years between 1939 and 1948. The 1948 program advertisements included only one photograph and two illustrations.

1950 - Photographs of the members of the Fair Board and the Douglas County Commissioners were included in this program.

1952 - The collection contains two copies of this program. One has hand written corrections for 1953. Admission was twenty-five cents.

1954 - The program had a few notes on a ruled page inserted inside the front cover.

1956 - This program contained the first photograph and mention of the Douglas County Fair Queen; her name was Jan Sue Campbell.

1960 - Tabs were inserted for each department letter. The program included a page on the Democratic candidates for election, p. 32, as well as individual advertisements for Republican candidates.

1962 - This is the first program to include an advertisement for a development in Douglas County. The advertisement is for Castle Rock Heights, at the head of Third Street.

1966 - This is the first year that some photographs are captioned with the name of the person pictured.

1969 - The program is titled The Douglas County - Free - Fair and Rodeo. There are several full page advertisements in this program; including one for Perry Park, Colorado Western Development Company.

1970 - A table of contents, "index page," was included in this program.

1975 - This program had business advertisements in a separate section.

1976 - The first Dog Trial, a 4H event, was held at the 1976 Fair.

1977 - Esther Noe was a member of the Fair Board. She was the first woman on the board since 1932 (this was the last verifiable year).

1983 - The Town of Castle Rock logo was similar to that used today [1998].

1984 - The format of the program changed greatly. It was larger, made of newsprint and advertisements were again interspersed throughout the book. The names of towns in Douglas County were listed on the front cover. This was the first year that the Fair offered grandstand music entertainment, and "big time country music."

1988 - This is the first program with an advertisement for Mission Viejo Company and Highlands Ranch as a development. The program also advertised "The Meadows." The 1988 program also contained advertisements for Walmart, La Petite Academy, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

1989 - The Douglas County Library began to advertise regularly in the fair program.

1992 - This was the first program in which the Fair Ambassador was mentioned. The ambassador for that year was Jodi Jackson.

1994 -1995 - 4-H categories included Ecology and Natural Resources, Range Management, Community Development Service and Cultural Understanding.

1996 - The program for this year included a History of the Douglas County Fair, p. 50.

1996 - 1997 - These programs do not include premiums. These were published in a separate booklet. The collection contains the Premium book for 1997.

Access Terms

Douglas County Fair Board (Colo.)


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Records of The Douglas County Fair, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

These program and premium lists were created by the Douglas County Fair Board in order to inform the public of the schedules of Fair events, and to advise exhibitors of rules of exhibiting and premiums (awards) to be given. The ephemera and correspondence was also created by the Douglas County Fair Board to advertise and organize the Douglas County Fair. The collection was donated to the Local History Collection - Douglas Public Library District in 1992, upon dissolution of the Douglas County Historical Society who had previously held these records.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Ostermann, March 1998

Related Material

Clippings Files, Newspapers and Newspapers on Microfilm, Douglas County History Research Center, Douglas County Libraries.

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