Black & White Days

The very first Holstein show in Richmond was held in 1912. Local dairymen drove their best Holsteins into the old LDS tithing yard (where Harris Dairyland is now located). Judges rode through the herds and picked out the best cattle.

A short break in 1913-14 was due to a national emergency caused by hoof-and-mouth disease when nearly ALL livestock shows and auctions were closed in the efforts to prevent the spread of the disease and to eradicate it from herds. By 1915, though, the disease had been stopped (through vaccination and the destruction of infected animals and herds) and the show resumed. Since then, the show has continued uninterrupted.

As the cattle show and sale continued to grow, other events were added to the celebration. Carnival rides, food vendors, footraces, and a parade were incorporated. The Saturday evening horse pull now caps the week-long event.


This year marks the 99th Black & White Days celebration! Events begin on May 13 with the cattle show. Friday, May 16, will be our traditional music and a movie in the park. Saturday dawns with the Chuckwagon Breakfast (prepared and served by the city council) and the Cowabunga Race. Numerous booths and fun rides open at 10 am in the sports field area just west of the grandstands. The parade begins at 5 pm; it starts at 600 South State Street, heads north to Main, then ends in front of Park Elementary. At 7 pm the Draft Horse Pull begins.

The booths and horse pull are sponsored by the Richmond Lions Club. All proceeds go to the club to aid in their many services. The main service events include help in purchasing eyeglasses for students whose families can't afford the cost of the exam and the glasses, the city Easter Egg Hunt, and the city Christmas Lights. The Lions also help maintain the new nature park on 300 South.

Please check back for more information.


Spaces are available only on Saturday, May 17th. Please download the booth application here and return it with payment by May 1st.


The parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th. Click here for the entry form and a map of the parade route. Entries are due Saturday, May 3rd.