June 25, 2014 | 09:23 AM
Summer is definitely here as the mid-90s temperatures have made an appearance, and, for those ready to ring in the heat season, the Harrison County SummerFest, presented by Lucas Oil, is scheduled for this weekend at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon.
The main attraction will be the Old Capitol Power Pull, the largest pulling event of the season with two-track action.
"Lucas Oil Pro pulling features some of the nation's top tractors, trucks and drivers at a very low price to the community," Lisa Sieg, marketing and advertising chair, said. "It's an impressive event."
The event will feature super modified two-wheel drive trucks, super farm tractors, super stock diesel trucks, hot farm tractor, limited pro stock tractors, 4-by-4 pro stock trucks.
Tickets are $8 for general admission; children 6 and younger will be admitted free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Pit passes can be purchased for an additional $10 the day of the pull once a pull ticket is purchased.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Festival chair Donn Blank said Forrest Lucas puts on the show on a local basis for his community and employees.
SummerFest officially begins Friday at 5 p.m. with a kids' play area, arts, crafts, food booths, silent auction and beer garden.
The Kids' Zone includes a selection of inflatables at a "very affordable price," Blank said, of $5 for all day/night.
Activities will end at midnight and resume Saturday at 11 a.m. and continue until midnight.
The Point Blank Brewing Co. domestic beer garden will start at 6 p.m. and stay open until midnight both nights. The Southern Indiana Uncapped craft beer garden will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday with a $10 admission fee. Admission price includes 10 sample tickets, a souvenir glass and live entertainment.
"This event is growing in interest and is similar to the successful Uncorked wine event," Sieg said.
As one of the largest fundraising festivals in the county, proceeds from many of the events will go to this year's recipient, Miley Cizek, 5, a kindergartner at Corydon Elementary School who has cystic fibrosis.
Miley, whose 2-year-old brother, Corbin, is one of her best friends, suffers frequent respiratory difficulties, gastrointestinal problems and frequent infections. Her daily medical treatment includes 20 pills, nebullizer treatments and twice-a-day vest therapy (a specialized vest that uses rapid vibrations to break up mucus buildup in the lungs). She has been hospitalized more than 30 times and has made frequent trips to the emergency room. She undergoes a range of tests monthly (lung, pancreatic and liver function, throat culture, dissolved oxygen and X-rays). While most of Miley's direct medical expenses are covered by insurance, there's a shortfall each month, along with indirect expenses such as travel and missed time at work, festival organizers said.
The Uncapped 5k run/walk, set to begin at 8 Saturday morning at the fairgrounds, will benefit Miley. The course will be an accurate 5k out-and-back course using the Indian Creek Trail to the YMCA of Harrison County then back to the track at the fairgrounds. The entry fee is $25.
All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Cizek family. The auction donors include Donn Blank/Rodefer Moss, Zimmerman Art Glass, Leadership Harrison County, Walmart, Faith, Ingle & Smith, Big Al's Kitchen, Historical Corydon, Harrison County CVB, Candles by Lisa, Squire Boone Caverns, Lucas Oil Products, National Corvette Museum, Wiener King, Holiday Inn, Indiana Caverns, Lucas Oil Golf Course, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Frazier History Museum, Louisville Science Museum, Corydon Cinemas, Hampton Inn, Cave Country Canoes, Marengo Cave, Smokies Smoke Shop, Point Blank Brewing Co., Kintner House Inn, Big 'O' Tires, Hometown Hair and Barber Shop, Heart & Soul Florist, Dr. Moss, Pfeiffer Jewelers, Town Square Gallery, Uhl's Feed, First Harrison Bank, O'Charley's, Old Capitol Cleaners, Louisville Ballet, Clarion Hotel Conference Center, YMCA of Harrison County, Hayswood Theatre, Ela's Sprinkles and Mar Concessions.
A double-elimination cornhole tournament will take place Saturday at 8 p.m.; registration will begin at 7 p.m. Participants must be 21 or older. For more information, call 812-738-2138.
Live music entertainment will also take place throughout the event.
"As we provide free booth space to nonprofit entities, this is a good opportunity to learn about our various causes in our community," Blank said.
Title sponsor is Lucas Oil, and the silver sponsor is The Corydon Democrat. Bronze sponsors are Faith Ingle Smith LLC and Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Power Pull sponsors are Holiday Inn Express, Lanesville Heritage Weekend, First Savings Bank, Southern Indiana Equipment, Harrison County Hospital, Longbottom & Hardsaw Inc., Laff Worx, Jacobi Sales Inc., Deer Country, First Harrison Bank, St. John's Lanesville, Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County and Warren Printing. Participant sponsors are Ramsey Popcorn Co. Inc., Bennett & Bennett Insurance, Racers & Pacers, D.L. Haines & Co. and Job Rentals. Friends sponsors are Robert Mattingly DMD, Robert Jones Investments, Kintner House Inn, John Hall & Sons Inc., Mic-Zee's Ice, Lanesville Food Mart, Hay Day Inc. and Hillview Apartments. Sponsors of the 5k run/walk are Faith Ingle Smith LLC, Lucas Oil, Pacers & Racers, EarthlyGoods.com and Point Blank Brewing Co.
For more information, visit online at harrisoncountysummerfest.com or call the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center at 812-738-2138.