Historic Hood River
Mills County Apple Carnival
For a change of pace, here’s a W.F. Laraway image from his former home of Glenwood, Iowa.
Trapeze artists at the Mills County Apple Carnival. First held in September 1895, the Mills County Apple Carnival was held in Glenwood about which the principle apple orchards were located. W.F. was a major participant in charge of the Apple Carnival as the Chairman of Decorations. Between 2,000 and 3,000 bushels of apples were used in the elaborate decorations, including a series of large apple-covered arches on the trip from the Glenwood railroad depot to the public square welcoming the 12,000 to 15,000 people attracted to the carnival. Rides to view the surrounding orchards were also very popular. [A-038]
Both of the pillars supporting the “Queen Mills” arch are covered with apples. The garlands above the booths to the right of that arch are made of apples.
Interesting tie between Glenwood and Hood River: when Billy Sunday was 10, his impoverished mother placed him in an orphanage in Glenwood, Iowa. He would of course grow up to be a famous baseball player turned evangelist who spent time at his ranch in the Hood River Valley. I wonder if Sunday and Laraway ever discussed this connection? While the timeline is hard to follow I don’t think they were in Glenwood at the same time.
If you’re wondering what happened to those big, beautiful trees? Dean Fletcher’s research found they were destroyed in a May 1903 tornado.