3700 Fair Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63107 / Cake artist: Dan Jaboor

 

Fairground Park goes way back to 1856 as a privately-owned unit by the St. Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. During the Civil War, the park was used as a Union encampment which was known as Benton Barracks. By 1880, it was converted to a horse-racing track (The St. Louis Fair and Jockey Club) which was used for gambling. The track was closed in 1905 as an anti-gambling politician, Joseph W. Folk, was elected Mayor of St. Louis. Soon after, it became a public park, and a small zoo (included a bear pit!) was here. In fact, the park was once considered a site for the Saint Louis Zoo. Today, at 132 acres, there are many enjoyable things to do at the park – such as trails for walking and biking, basketball courts, and ball fields.

Fairground Park Lake sign
Fairground Park Lake sign
Fairground Park Lake
Fairground Park Lake

Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $455 on 1/1/2015.

Fairground Park on St. Louis’ Parks website

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