|Fri, Jul 25, 2014 03:42 PM
July 09, 2014 | 11:35 AM
The 155th Harrison County Fair officially begins Sunday and will debut a Power Wheels demolition derby and flat-drag races as part of its new attractions this year.
The bite-size derby for children will feature a battery-powered vehicles showdown between heats amid Thursday night's big car demolition derby.
Tuesday's flat-drag races will pit motorcycles and four-wheelers in 100-foot dashes on smooth, straight courses.
Carl (Buck) Mathes believes the fair showcases the best parts of the county.
"It's to show off the fastest horse, the prettiest woman and the biggest watermelon," the president of the Harrison County Agriculture Society said. "That's what the county fair is basically all about, showing off your county for this year."
The fair will kick off with its annual parade Sunday at 7 p.m. The route will be from the North Bridge south on Capitol Avenue. While the parade makes its way to the fairgrounds, the Little Miss and Little Master contest will take place in front of the grandstand at the fairgrounds.
The 2014 fair queen will be named following the parade. There are six contestants this year: Kelsey Eckert, Hayley Hill, Molly Leffler, Rebekah McCutcheon, Abigail Saulman and Bailey Seitz.
As in years past, the fair also will include a mini-car demolition derby with lawn-mower races between heats, harness horse and motocross racing and tractor pulls.
"It's always nice to go through the Homemakers Hall and see all the Homemakers' projects. That's one of the highlights for me," Mathes said. "There's something new and different every year there."
In addition to nightly events in front of the grandstand, the Paul Smith & Co. Band will perform Monday and Wednesday, from 7:30 to 10 both nights, in a tent set up at the north end of the 4-H Building.
On Old Timer's Day (Thursday, July 17), Harrison County Hospital will offer health screenings from 2 to 4 p.m. under the grandstand.
One-day ticket prices for the fair increased this year, from $8 to $10, which includes parking, unlimited rides and general seating in the grandstand. Pit passes are $15.
"When you come in and pay $10, you get a wristband. That entitles you to get on the grandstand and ride all the rides, all night long," Mathes said.
Mathes said the increase goes to fund the price of renting the rides and amenities for the fairgrounds, such as the recently added asphalt.
"We're proud of that. We've got some new asphalt around the 4-H buildings; we've got the new asphalt floor in the horse barn," Mathes said.
Asphalt also was added to the Midway.
Picnic tables also have been placed throughout the fairgrounds.
Mathes said people who want to visit the fair to socialize or see the animals can gain free admission before 4 p.m. on weekdays and prior to noon on Saturday, July 19.
The Harrison County Fair is important to the county and brings people together, Mathes said.
"(The fair) shows off the pride of our county, what we can do and what we've got," he said. "I look forward to mild weather, but, overall, I like seeing friends. I'll see a lot of people I haven't seen since the last fair."
For a complete list of events, pick up a copy of the special fair section that appeared in the July 2 issue of The Corydon Democrat — it is available at the newspaper office and at the fair office — or call the fair office at 812-738-4261.