A Barbecue of 3,000 Trout
Speeches and Music, Bronco Riding, Trap Shooting, Races, Etc., Kept the Visitors Entertained.
Another day commemorating our national independence has been observed in Bend with all the accompaniment of noise, music, sports and hurrah, and a large crowd of enthusiastic and satisfied people have gone home saying that they were very well pleased with their day’s entertainment.
The celebration really began on the night of the 3rd, when load after load of Prineville people began to arrive, these including the ball team. It was not long there after until there was the incessant boom of the giant cracker up and down Bend’s streets. This was kept up until late Into the night and began again early in the morning and was kept up all day, so the celebration had an early start on the 3rd.
The Fourth dawned, bright and clear as it always docs in this most delightful climate. The people began to arrive early and soon there were between 1,000 mid 1,500 people in Bend ready for the day’s sport. There was the young man with his best girl, the young man who had no best girl but who was having a good time just the same; there was mother with the little girls and daddy with the boys everyone decked out in their finest clothes, with money in their pockets and good cheer in their hearts.
The Program Begins.
The day’s program started about 10:30 o’clock by a parade through the streets of a liberty car on which Miss Anna Johnson was goddess of liberty, she having received the largest number of votes in the contest. She was accompanied by two attendants, Misses Hazel Caldwell and Audra Knarr, and a crowd of Bend’s young ladies and little girls representing the states of the union. The parade led the crowd to the grounds, where an interesting program was given consisting of songs, prayer, reading of the Declaration of Independence and a very able address of a few minutes by the Hon. W. E. Guerin, Jr.
3,000 Trout Served.
Then came the grand trout barbecue and basket dinner. Numerous tables had been made for the occasion. These were soon distributed over the grounds in the shade of the trees land various families, cliques, and neighborhood crowds were gathered around them unpacking the good things from their dinner baskets. And during all this time Charley Cottor and his corps of assistants were busy over a great stone stove frying those delicious Deschutes trout. This was undoubtedly the chief feature of the day. For about three hours these men were kept busy supplying the hungry crowd, and when their task was finished they had served close to 3,000 trout. The two crews sent out caught about 2,500 fish. These were added to by the catch of a few individual fishermen, bringing the total up to 3,000, It is doubtful if there has ever been in the United States a similar event, where 1,500 people gathered beneath the big pines, beside running water and feasted on toothsome trout until all were satisfied and none went away hungry. Where is there another community in which this could be done and the fish caught legitimately, no traps, net or other unlawful contrivance having been used? Great in the Deschutes river and toothsome are the trout therein. One man remarked that he had been to clam bakes galore, to ox barbecues, and to feasts of various kinds but Bend’s trout barbecue excelled all of them in uniqueness and in the quality of the food served.
Source: Bend Bulletin