From the Archive: Fun at the Fair

by Lesley Drayton, Curator of the Local History Archive

Did you make it to the Larimer County Fair at the beginning of August? If so, you probably took in the rodeo, lumberjack show, carnival rides, and livestock competitions; there was quite a bit going on! Well, the Larimer County Fair that took place nearly 125 years ago was also a spectacle, drawing crowds to a myriad of livestock and agricultural competitions and foot races.

1885 Larimer county fair

In 1885, you could have also won a prize of two dollars for the county’s best portrait in oil, best collection of stereoscopic views of Colorado scenery, best specimens of slate work by pupils under 10 years of age, and best painted carriage. There was also a grand prize of $10.00 for the prettiest baby under one year.

At the other end of the spectrum, the “homeliest man found on the grounds” was eligible for a leather pocket book worth $2.50!

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1 Response to “From the Archive: Fun at the Fair”


  1. 1 robyn August 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Man… that baby judging job sounds pretty dangerous! I’d hate to incur the wrath of the mom’s of today – but maybe they weren’t so sensitive back then…


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