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July 10, 2013 | 09:02 AM
The annual Harrison County Agricultural Fair will take place next week, beginning Sunday, at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon.
This year will mark the fair's 154th year of the event, which dates back to September 1860. It is the longest consecutive running fair in Indiana.
Highlights from fairs past include:
1866 — Admission to the fair was 25 cents per person
1906 — The first automobile, an air-cooled Richmond, was driven to the fair
1916 — A lunch stand sold fish sandwiches for 10 cents each
1917 — The Ferris wheel was added to the fair
1929 — The Queen Contest was added to the fair, the same year of the stock market crash
1952 — Wrestling matches were held as Friday night's main event
1972 — Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed at the fair
1976 — The first tractor/truck pull was held at the fair
1995 — Monster trucks were the grandstand show on Friday night
Some of those same attractions remain.
For this year's fair, the gates will open at 4 p.m. during the week. Admission will be free on opening day, which is Sunday. However, starting Monday, fair-goers will have to pay $8 for admission, which includes parking, all rides and general admission to the grandstand. Senior citizens, 62 years and older, can buy a week-long pass for $15 that includes admission and parking only.
On Sunday, the fair will host a chain of popular events starting with the pedal tractor pull at 4 p.m. along with the Opening Day Pork Dinner, catered by L & S Catering, with serving from 4 to 7 p.m. Diners have the choice of a pork burger or smoked pulled pork barbecue dinner for $6 or a butterfly pork chop dinner for $7. Each dinner will include two sides, a drink and cookie.
At 7 p.m., the annual fair parade will make its way through downtown Corydon, beginning at the north bridge and continuing south on Capitol Avenue to the fairgrounds, with antique cars, floats, farm equipment, etc. There also will be the Little Miss and Little Master crowning in front of the grandstand at the fairgrounds at 7. The crowning of the Harrison County Queen will follow the parade. (Fair queen judging will take place tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Hills Christian Church; admission is free, and the judging is open to the public.)
Each evening of fair week, the grandstand will host a main event. There will be motocross races at 7:30 on Monday; midget car racing on Tuesday at 7:30; demolition derby mini cars and lawn mower derby on Wednesday at 7:30; the big sedan demo derby and mini car rollover on Thursday; the truck pull on Friday at 7; and the tractor pull the last night of the fair at 6.
The midway rides and attractions will be provided by Carnival Tyme Amusements. Midway rides will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. The last day of the fair, the rides will open at 4 p.m. and close at midnight.
Mechanical bull rides will be available for $2 a ride on Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. and on Saturday starting at 4 p.m.
The Yellow Brick Road (farm and small animals on display) will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. each day during the fair. The Taste of Harrison County, where visitors can sample different foods that are prepared by local Harrison County producers, is set for Thursday, July 19, at the Yellow Brick Road; all samples are free.
On Thursday and Friday next week, the harness races will be free to the public with post time to start at 1 p.m. both days.
The Harrison County Extension Homemakers will sponsor the biggest fruit-vegetable contest and the homemade peach pie contest. The weigh-in for the largest fruit and vegetable contest, at Homecomers Hall, will be Monday at 7 p.m. The pie contest judging will be Thursday at 1 p.m.; an auction of the pies will follow with proceeds funding scholarships in the Extension Homemakers program.
The sixth annual Harrison County Fair baby contest will be Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Building. Boys must register between 5 and 5:30, and girls must register between 6 and 6:30. The children's parents must reside in Harrison County; a birth certificate is required at registration.
If that isn't enough, the fair also will feature numerous 4-H events and open class shows.
A complete list of events can be found in the 154th Consecutive Annual Harrison County Fair guide that was included in July 3 edition of this newspaper. Extra copies of the guide are available at O'Bannon Publishing Co., 301 N. Capitol Ave. in Corydon and at the fairgrounds.
For more information or event forms, go online to www.harrisoncountyfair. com.