OAKLAND, ILLINOIS HISTORY--
POPULAR CORNBREAD & BEAN
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195) lines and eating the delicious
beans and cornbread.
WLBH radio was the chief sponsor of the big event.
WEIC radio was never directly involved in the festival. Louise would
conduct interviews in the Charleston studio, to
festival through publicity.
FESTIVAL GROWS DRAMATICALLY 1948-1969
The 1950 festival included an even larger crowd
and Several programs were offered for morning,
afternoon and evening (with the
Honorable Lee Lynch presiding). 22 planes staged a fly-in. Wayne
Karr and his orchestra furnished a "Karr-load
of Music and
Fun" performed for the evening dance on the new concrete
over in the Oakland Park.
In 1951, Howard Miller, WLBH Farm Director, and
resident was appointed chairman. 17,000 attended
the festival that year, even with an on and off
rainy day. Lee Lynch had
1951, and J.R. Livesay of WLBH would become the
master of ceremonies. Louise Taylor, new WLBH
out on WLBH until 1955.
In 1952, 20,000 people attended the festival and
jammed the football field to see and hear the
wedding of Miss Jorja Honn and
The year 1955 included a celebration and tribute
to our men in the
In 1956, a crowd of 30,000 attended the
The year 1957 had Mr. Leroy Van Dyke as the
1958 was a special year at the festival,
celebrating itís' 10th
1961 had the theme
of ďPeace, the Hope
of the World" with a
flight of white doves.
1962 had a theme of "This community works
hand in hand".
1965 funds made in excess of expenses were used
to build a
shelter and concrete floor.
MISS MYRTLE JONES AND BROTHER LAWTON
TAKE MY WIFE
AS A YOUNG GIRL TO FESTIVAL
Sandra (Grubb) Taylor, my wife,
can remember Myrtle taking her to the Oakland
Bean Festival, She can't remember the year.
Myrtle was a reporter for the Greenup
Press. She and
attended many public events and reunions. Myrtle
indeed an active reporter
FESTIVAL ENDS IN 1969
The giant event would end. In 1969 the Dr. Hiram
Rutherford house was dedicated, and his
granddaughter were honored. Farmers who had
travelled to Washington D.C. with the United
Grain Farmers of America Demonstration were
honored. The Festival was rejuvenated in recent
years on a
HIRAM RUTHERFORD HOME, DEDICATED DURING THE LAST
BIG CORNBREAD AND BEAN FESTIVAL, 1969