As we start a different kind of summer, let's go #InsidetheArchives and take a look at one of Los Alamos' long-standing summer traditions: the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo. The Los Alamos Historical Society Archives was given a donation of a First Annual County Fair and Rodeo souvenir program from 1955.
The program details the events for August 27 and 28, 1955 including specialty acts, queen's contest, a performance from Taos Pueblo, square dance events, exhibits, and a parade. Inside the pages of the program are a variety of advertisements for Los Alamos businesses including Speer's Dept. Store, Hinkel's, Los Alamos Floral Shop, Draggon Drug, and The Pastry Shop to name just a few.
Programs like this one give us a glimpse into 1950s life in Los Alamos, giving us hints of the people who lived here and the businesses that supported the community.
What are your favorite Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo memories or events? Do you remember some of these 1950s businesses, where they were located, or who owned them? Please share your memories with us!