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The Great Frontier Fair in Agoura

The Great Frontier Fair in Agoura

This image from June 26-27, 1971, shows the opening weekend of the Great Frontier Fair at Paramount Ranch in Agoura. Two more weekends were planned.

About 800 Southern California craftsmen reenacted scenes from the Old West. The fair featured four main encampments: the cavalry post, an Indian village, a settlers camp and a gold field. Entertainment included gunfight stunt shows, Native American dancing, country music, a grand parade, and cavalry drills.

Organizers of  the Great Frontier Fair were trying to follow up on the success of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, then held each spring at Paramount Ranch. In a June 29, 1971, Los Angeles Times article, staff writer Alan Cartnal reported that while the Renaissance Faire attendance averaged 15,000 per day, the Frontier Fair saw about 2,000 a day on its opening weekend.

Following Cartnal’s article, there is no further mention of the Great Frontier Fair in the Los Angeles Times or elsewhere online.

This photo by Harry Chase appeared in the June 29, 1971, Los Angeles Times.

For more, check out this Renaissance Pleasure Faire photo gallery.

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