Bastrop knows the importance of the connection between agriculture and industry, and to celebrate this connection Bastrop held a Farm-City Week this week in 1972.
From August 26 to August 31 that year Farm-City Week was held and celebrated with tours of farms and factories. Farm tours began at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday of that week and included stops at John Crymes' rice farming, B. B. Handy's cattle operation, Joe Sidney Carter's cotton farm, and Barham Brothers' peanut operation. Tourists had lunch at the Oak Ridge Cafe.
Industrial tours began at 2:30 Thursday and Friday and included the Louisiana Mill, Bastrop Mill, Single Service Plant, and Garment Factory.
Tour goers were given demonstrations of equipment and shown the various types of farming in the parish. Several dignitaries from Baton Rouge even came in to take the tours.
The week culminated with a barbecue on Saturday at which the first bale of cotton was awarded $500 and the first bag of rice was given $100. The first bale of cotton was won by N.W Mott & Son Farms, and the first bag of rice was won by Conrad Stallings & Art Crymes. A fashion show was also held with fashions provided by several merchants.
Locals enjoyed the tours and barbecue and were happy to celebrate the importance of both agriculture and industry in Bastrop.