A true Oklahoman, Edward Lewis Gaylord was born in 1919 and was a lifelong resident of Oklahoma City. He graduated from the Asheville School for Boys in North Carolina and went on to graduate from Stanford University in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after just a year at Harvard Business School. While in the Army, he became an officer and aide to a brigadier general in the Panama Canal. Upon returning, we joined his father’s company, the Oklahoma Publishing Co. He quickly made his way up the latter and took over as CEO and Chairman of the OPC in 1974. While a very successful business man and owner, one of his lesser known feats still has lasting effects to this day. E.L. Gaylord saved the State Fair of Oklahoma in 1961! Prior to E.L. Gaylord taking over as president of the board, the State Fair was on the brink of financial collapse. However, within a decade, E.L. Gaylord completely redefined and made the Oklahoma State Fair one of the most profitable state fair in the nation. We all owe E.L. Gaylord our appreciation for saving one of Oklahoma’s biggest event of the year!
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Let’s Play! There are so many things to do at the fair with so little time. Why not take one of our bingo cards and see how much you can get done! Be sure to take lots of photos and share them with us!
Movie Time! Anything can happen at the fair! Watch as Wilbur becomes a town hero with the help of a few of his friends. Watch as Wilbur wins everyone over in Charlotte’s Web! It is available Amazon Prime Video and Paramont+.
Storytime! Read along as Billy and Goat go on an adventure to the fair! What do you think they will do at the fair? Don’t forget you can also look for this book at your closest public library!
Check this out! Did you know we, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, have our very own book about the fair? The Oklahoma State Fair- A History, written by our very own Bob Burke and Gini Moore Campbell, presents over a hundred years of history about our State Fair. Why not check out how much the fair has changed over the years!
Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope you enjoyed learning about E. L. Gaylord and the Oklahoma State Fair, as well as filling out our Oklahoma State Fair Bingo! Just goes to show how impactful Oklahomans can be! Be sure to come back next week to learn more about great Oklahomans.
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