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Retro Rewind - Posted August 25, 2017 10:22 a.m.
Photo from Amarillo Public Library archives

Panhandle State Fair

The Tri-State Fair, which opens Sept. 15, has been an Amarillo fixture since it was first organized in 1923. But it wasn’t the only such exposition in the city’s history. In 1912, city representatives began discussing a Panhandle-wide fair to be hosted in Amarillo. R.B. Masterson served as president of the organizing committee, with H.A. Nobles as vice president and general manager. The next fall, in 2013, the Panhandle State Fair opened its gates with a parade, livestock exhibitions, and even a tightrope walker and trapeze artist. The Fair took place at Glenwood Park, an early amusement park east of Llano Cemetery (now home to Glenwood Apartments). This 1916 photo from the Fair includes representatives of the local cattle industry, and part of the livestock being shown that year. Due to America’s involvement in World War I, the Fair shut down after 1917. It reorganized and reopened six years later as the Tri-State Fair, which brought in visitors from 35 counties across the region.

by Jason Boyett

Jason has written more than a dozen books and is the host and creator of “Hey Amarillo”, a local interview podcast. Visit and
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