Mike Worcester, "Lost Cokato: The Cokato Street Fairs." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (Fall, 1997) vol. 17 no. 4.
Early each October, from 1903 to 1915, downtown Cokato was transformed from a retail center into a thriving street fair. People came from miles around to see carnival entertainment, play games, and see huge displays of farm crops and home crafts.
The crop displays allowed farmers to show off their prize corn, squash, pumpkins, etc. A long tent in front of the Swanson furniture store on Third Street showcased these products. The village hall was the location of the home craft show. Prizes were awarded to those who were tops in the crafts and crops contests. It was a time for friends and neighbors to get together, and allowed Cokato businesses to showcase new products. In time, interest waned, and the street fair fell to the wayside
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