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Register of the Lodi (Calif.) Grape and Wine Festival Collection, 1907-1990
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The Lodi Grape & Wine Show Collection consists of programs, memorabilia and clippings from the Tokay Carnival (1907), as well as programs (1934-1959), premium lists (1947-1977), fine arts awards lists (1952-1966) and histories of the Lodi Grape and Wine Festival (1934- ).
The first Lodi Grape & Wine Festival, styled the "Tokay Carnival" (1907), was the brainchild of Charles Ray, local viticulturist and land developer. Other Lodi businessmen, including Henry F. Ellis, owner of the Lodi Sentinel, soon backed Ray's idea and the first agricultural festival in San Joaquin County was launched September 19-21, 1907. Celebration events included a speech by California Governor, James N. Gillett and a parade of floats. The Lodi Arch, a California Mission Revival style free-standing archway erected at the time of the Festival, still stands in downtown Lodi. Although the community was pleased with the Tokay Festival, backers lost money and the experience was not repeated during the pre-Prohibition years. Following Repeal, however, Lodi revived the Grape and Wine Festival (1934) and it has been celebrated each September since that date save for a four year hiatus during World War II. The Festival is made up of a number of events and activities, including a parade, a floral show, a fine arts show, grape exhibits and special appearances by noted entertainers.
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