Jerome’s first rodeo wound up the three-night performance that Saturday evening in the new fairgrounds arena. Almost 11,000 persons witnessed the performances during the three evenings. Paid attendance totaled just under the $10,000 mark. Rodeo events were bronc riding, bulldogging, bareback riding, Brahma bull riding, and calf roping. The fair was made up by the 4 -H participants. Because part of the fairgrounds buildings was being used as housing for farm laborers, the produce and fancy work parts of the fair were exhibited at the American Legion Hall. The animal judging was held at the fairgrounds.
The first documented fair in Jerome was in 1917. The North Side News advertised: “Wanted, 2000 men and their friends and relatives at the Street Fair and Carnival, Jerome, September 4-8. Three big shows, Merry Go Round, Ferris Wheel. Ten other attraction. Come and Bring the Kiddies.” This was held on Main Street between the North and South Parks. Booths had home-grown produce and homemade foods and “fancy work” crocheting, taming, etc.