first discussions relating to a 'community fair' began in the mid 1940s.
Through the joint efforts of the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club,
the Collinsville Community Fair (Little World's Fair) became a reality.
O. H. Holman was named president of the fair organization. Ernest Liggett
and Louis Keith were chosen to represent the Kiwanis Club while the Chamber
of Commerce named Sol Bayouth and O. H. Bartlett to be on the newly formed
board. Vocational Agriculture instructor, Paul Latture, handled promotions;
C. H. Wright served as the publicity man and Hayward Smith, local dairyman,
was named to the board. The board voted to sell advertising in the fair
premium book to pay the expenses of the fair. The Collinsville News, owned
by the Wright family, printed the fair book until 1984.
That first year (1946) the livestock exhibits were housed in the Collinsville
Community Sale Barn with such astonishing results that it was immediately
made an annual affair. Emphasis was placed on Collinsville being the best
dairy farming area in Oklahoma, thus the title: "Collinsville, Dairy
Capital of Oklahoma." Promoting Collinsville went hand in hand with
the Tri-County Fair. In 1946, Johnny Lee Wills and his band appeared for
a live KVOO broadcast. Sam Schneider, KVOO Farm Reporter, also did his
live noon broadcast from the fair grounds. In July 1947, grounds were
secured and work on the livestock buildings began. A thirty-seven page
fair book was published. The area and title were expanded to take in more
territory. The name given was the Collinsville Tri-County Fair, which
included Tulsa, Rogers, and Washington Counties.
In these sixty years, Many community-minded individuals have served on
the fair board. As with many small town fairs, exhibits and interest have
declined in the last few years as agriculture no longer plays an important
role in the local economy. Last year, to boost attendance at the junior
livestock shows, area sponsors contributed added money. Many expressed
an interest in having a Goat Show this year. This new event will take
place Saturday Aug. 20th, Overall, we anticipate more junior livestock
exhibitors than in recent years.
With the support of a dedicated fair board, out faithful advertisers,
volunteers and exhibitors, the Tri-County Fair will continue. We encourage
you to come and support our Fair by entering exhibits, visiting our livestock
shows, viewing the family exhibits and taking part in special events.
Your participation is vital to
the continuation of this annual summer event! See you at the Fair!