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, ~+ ..... .j.,~.+ , .. r .. LI~+,.~! ~i+,~+,+ ,i.lll/IilJll~i~lllllk~+~,,.++,~llll,+, ,~l~lll~llilA ,..0, ............. .~,,,.,l,i,~,~,+,.+.~.+.,,,,4,t+~,..+.-+.~..,,~,.+t+~r+++'~+..Jtt-.+ ,,..,J++ ~,'~-+.+a.. +a.~ma,.~+~,~m,~N~ i,+ t+l The Adams County Record History Corner by Dale Fisk I got a call from Jewell iWoods the other day. She asked ff I had any i record of the Adams iCounty Fair and Rodeo .that used to be held at ilndian Valley. As you can see, the i museum has a few pho- tos of that event. Mel ',Manning let us copy these back in 1995. At +that time, several peo- ple mentioned having old home movies. One of those was supposed to ~show the Adams County Rodeo in the 1930s. This would be priceless foot- age, so if anyone out -there knows about such film, please contact me. The first newspaper mention I can find of the fair is in 1922 when the Adams County Leader i said, "The annual Adams i Co. Fair is held at Indian i.Valley." In June of that year, the Leader said a racetrack was being built at the Indian Valley ~-fair grounds. The paper mentioned the fair sev- feral times through the 1920s but never said anything about a rodeo. Jewell said George Steward had a big barn at the fairgrounds. It stood about where :the Indian Valley ~Community Hall is i today. The racetrack and rodeo events were east of the barn. Steward grew Extension Comer 9 Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Page 5 beautiful flowers, and the fair featured a flower show. HIS barn housed livestock during the fair. In 1922 Steward was Postmaster at Indian Valley. An October 1929 issue of the Adams County Leader said that truckloads of kids were taken to the Adams County Fair at.Indian Valley from Council and Fruitvale. My father, Dick Fisk, remembered going down to the fair in one of those trucks as a kid. The rodeo "arena" at Indian Valley seems to have been an open field with no fence around it, and the ground looks like it would make for a hard landing. Jewell said she remembers the viewing stands very well, having played on them as a girl. She also said she remembered vendors popping popcorn at the fair and selling it. She doesn't remember how they did that, but there was no electricity there at the time, so they must have used some kind of portable wood or coal- burning stove. I don't know when the last fair or rodeo was held at Indian Valley. It may have been around 1930. Jewell thinks it might have continued until just before WWII. It was in June of 1940, before the U.S. had entered the war, that the first rodeo was held at Council. An official rodeo board of direc- tors was not elected until 1947. I don't know where the first rodeo grounds at Council were, but in 1948 the Leader announced that the board of directors of the Adams County Fair and Rodeo was buying land just north of Council and planned to install equip- ment (chutes, stands, etc.). Jewell said Cambridge also had a racetrack in the old days. It was south of the present rodeo grounds. The Meadow~ racetrack may have been the first in what is now Adams County. Calvin White seems to have been in charge of the races, and some people were still calling the place "Salmon Meadows" when the track was laid out in 1895. If anyone has more information about the county fair 'and/or rodeo at Indian Valley, or can add. anything to the Steward story, please contact me. I owe Mel Merritt a huge apology. Last week I identified Stan Graham as her father. Wrong. Her father was the bass player James Eugene Burtch. Sorry Mel. George Steward and some of his Hereford cattle. He was one of the first in the area to bre~d Herefords. He also raised Palomino horses. VAI,I Y VmW RAmcI This huge barn, belonging to George Steward at Indian Valley, was well-known to everyone in the area. It stood about where the Indian Valley Community Hall is today. This is what it looked like in 1912. Jewell Woods was walking to School one winter morning when she saw the barn cave in from the weight of snow. This was when she was in the 8th grade, around 1924. by Shanna Hamilton 253-4279 s hannas @uidaho. edu Once again, Jana Kemp's workshop was a hit, and I feel that those who atteri~led her meeting on March 8 really ,will behefit :from the topics :covered and discussions "had. Jana had an interactive crowd to take back the information to their prospective groups. The District 2 Beef Field Day on Careers was well attended by 120 youth and adults at the Marsing Ag shop. Attendees learned about what it meant to be a Ranch Manager. Communications Director, CEO, Cattle Transporter, Veterinarian, and Rangeland Manager. Youth were also able -to visit with Educators and others in the cattle industry on how to prepare for their -future in agriculture. The district is also planning a swine and sheep field day in June. _Also in June, Adams & Valley Counties will be hosting a ~howrnanship workshop. All ages are -welcome to sign up; we will be teaching the showmanship skills needed to take home "that Round Robin trophy! t Don't miss County Fair Boardl Tami out on a close and Sarah are already o p p o r t u n i t y meeting with seasoned to learn more Fair Board members about Pasture and making a great part M a nag e m e ~ ~ :+" or trie' t~.' W~l~6me ~dn~ The day and a half course will cover pasture planning, basic soils, fertilization, grass varieties & seed selection, establishment, weed control, irrigation, electric fencing basics, grazing management techniques and a tour of local pastures. This class will be in Emmett at the Gem County Extension Office on March 23 from 6-9:00 PM. and Saturday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM with lunch provided. Cost of the class for materials, and lunch will be $50. Seating is limited so sign up now at the Extension Officel A few new faces will be joiningthe 4-H program this year from New Meadowsl As recruitment has prospered, we have a few leader packets out, and are awaiting their return to our office to start new clubs, and are very excited to welcome new blood in the program. Along with hopeful new 4-H Leaders, we welcome Tami Testa and Sarah Wilson to the Adams Parts and Service Open On Saturday We service all makes and models Quality Service Award Winning Factory Trained Technician Big City Selection All At One Location Phone (208) 549-3310 - Toll Free (800) 658-5080 602 Highway 95 Weiser, Idaho 83672 www, board ladiesll Office hours will resume to Monday- Thursday, from I0:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This is the best time to reach our office, but appointments are available at other hours, and of course, if you leave a message we will get back to youl Important dates to remember: March 22--Leaders Council, 6pm, Fair Board 7pro Adams Co. Extension Office; March 23-24--Pasture Management at Gem County, Emmett; March 26--4-H Enrollment Forms due at Adams Co. Extension Office; April 2-5--UI Annual Conference, Shanna out of office this weekl April 4--4-H Horse Declaration Forms due at Adams Co, Exterlsion Office; April 14--Swine Weigh-in 8am sharp at the Adams Co. Fairgrounds; April 14-- "Feeds" Field Day 1-4:00 p.m. at Washington Co. Fairgrounds, Cambridge. For more information on any of the events above call the Adams County Extension office: 253-4279 Fax: 253- 4578 Email: shannas@ The judges' tower shows in .the background at the county fair sometime in the 1920s. The viewing stands must be what is visible at the right. Z Z ii:~i J Vinyl lap siding just $35 per 100 sq. feet. 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