Fair’s history dates back more than 120 years

By Staff
Posted 8/11/09

    BRIGHTON – The Adams County Fair has its first roots in Brighton, not far from the site of the Adams County Administration building.     The fair was at …

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Fair’s history dates back more than 120 years

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    BRIGHTON – The Adams County Fair has its first roots in Brighton, not far from the site of the Adams County Administration building.

    The fair was at Driving Park in the 400 block of South Fourth Avenue. The main attractions were horse races and plowing races. The Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce is resurrecting Market Day, a part of the original county fair, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 15, in downtown Brighton.

     In 1892, the Platte Valley Farmers Association started a fall fair. Buildings went up inside the park for exhibits, and workers erected a 120-by 32-foot grandstand (complete with five stalls underneath) next to the race track. The agricultural part of the fair was housed inside an 80-foot tent.

    In 1904, the Adams County Fair Association took over the fairgrounds. In October of that year, the first-ever county fair took place. The first day of the fair was called “Tomato Day.” After a noon lunch, two teams squared off in a mass disposal of the ripening tomatoes. Other events included bronco riding, half-mile foot races, bicycle races, mule races and horse races.

    In 1965, the Adams County board of commissioners moved the fair to its present site near 124th Avenue and U.S. Highway 85.

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