Fair will focus on old favorites
Sometimes the familiar is OK. Take this year’s Harrison County Fair, which begins Sunday.
“The way times are, I’m really happy to be able to do the same things,” said Steve Haggard, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society that sponsors the annual week-long event. “There’s not much to do to make it different. A fair’s a fair.
“Things cost more to do,” he added.
The fair, now in its 143rd consecutive year, features the ol’ stand-by favorites: the FFA Chapter Pedal Tractor Pull on Sunday at 5 p.m. and Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m.; the hugely popular Demolition Derby, mini cars on Monday and open class on Thursday, both at 7:30 p.m.; and the truck pull, on Friday and Saturday, at 7 p.m.
“There’s still going to be the pie-eating contest, watermelon-eating contest, and the rooster crowing and hog and cattle calling contest,” Haggard said.
Those events take place as follows: pie eating, Monday during intermission of the Demo Derby; watermelon eating, Thursday during the Demo derby intermission, and the crowing and calling contests Wednesday during intermission of that evening’s entertainment.
Speaking of entertainment, Haggard said, “There are a couple of musical groups that we haven’t had before.”
The “Reved-Up Band” and “Gina and The Wild Horses” will perform at the grandstand Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Another big draw for the fair is the annual parade, followed by the Little Miss and Master Contest and the Fair Queen Contest. These events begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, and are considered by some as the kick-off for the fair, although some events actually start at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Parade entrants need to bring a completed enrollment form to the starting point of the parade, on North Capitol Avenue in the area of the parking lots for Sears and First Baptist Church of Corydon. For more information about the parade, call Sherry LeClair at 969-2218. The parade is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Historic Harrison County.
The parade will travel south on Capitol Avenue to the fairgrounds. After the parade, the Little Miss and Master will be crowned, followed by the selection of this year’s Harrison County Fair Queen.
As of Monday, 10 young women had entered the queen contest. They are:
Brandy Bosler, 17, of Depauw. The daughter of Debora Bosler, she will be at senior at North Harrison High School. Her sponsor is Paoli Furniture.
Kayla Jacobs, 17, daughter of Gerald and Yvonne Jacobs of Corydon. She will be a senior at Corydon Central High School. Her sponsor is Clunie Farms.
Tiffany Jones, 17, sponsored by the Jay C Food Store in Corydon. Her parents are Tommy and Cindy Stein of Corydon. Tiffany will be a senior at Corydon Central.
Macie Long, 20, New Salisbury, will be a junior at Indiana University Southeast. Her parents are Lester and Carla Long; she is sponsored by Flipside Tumbling.
Jessica Oehmann, daughter of Danny and Lisa Oehmann of Ramsey. Jessica is 17 and will be a senior at North Harrison. Her sponsor is Agri State Inc.
Christi Peters, 16, sponsored by J. B. Lawn Care. Jayme Peters of Corydon and Carla Peters of New Middletown are her parents.She’ll be a junior at Corydon Central.
Elizabeth Tuell, 16, Corydon, will be a junior at Corydon Central. Her parents are Robin Bays and Vincent Tuell. She is sponsored by Robin Bays of Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services and The Natural Touch Massage and Spa.
Adrienne Vannis, daughter of Steve and Susan Vannis of Corydon. She is 17 and will be a senior at Corydon Central. Her sponsor is First Harrison Bank.
Ashlie Vannis, 17, Adrienne’s sister, is sponsored by Duco Enterprises. She is also the daughter of Steven and Susan Vannis, and will be a senior at Corydon Central.
Darcy Zellers, daughter of Kris and Paula Zellers of Depauw. Sponsored by Bush Enterprises Inc., the 18-year-old will be a freshman at Purdue University.
The Yellow Brick Road will be open nightly, Monday through Friday, from 5 to 9. Sponsored by the FFA, FFA Alumni and Lucky Horseshoes, fair-goers can view agricultural exhibits, FFA projects, conservation exhibits and have refreshments.
There are plenty of 4-H highlights, including showing of swine, sheep, beef, dairy, dairy steer, cats, poultry, rabbits and goats. 4-H exhibits will also be on display.
Midway rides begin Monday at 5 p.m.
The fair begins to wrap up with the annual livestock auction at 6 p.m. on Friday. The auction is one way to reward hard-working young people who have spent many hours and often money preparing their animal for exhibition, said extension educator Jennifer Neef.
Admission to the fair is $7 daily, which includes parking, rides and general admission to the grandstand, except for Sunday, when there is no gate fee. There is a $3 admission fee to the grandstand. (Gate fees don’t apply before 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and before noon on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.)
And some lucky fair-goers will win money, as well as other prizes. A $1,000 cash give-away drawing takes place nightly Monday through Thursday. The purse increases to $2,000 on Friday and $5,000 Saturday. To claim the prize, you must be present.
Haggard said people have asked about clean-up work to the south of the fairgrounds and the erection of a chain-link fence.
The property where the land was cleared does not belong to the agricultural society, but the clearing of it created a potential problem with collecting admission fee to the fair, hence the installation of the fence.
“Most of the fence is temporary,” he said, “in order to make it work for the fair.”
Haggard has also been asked about the rodeo that used to precede the fair. Due to additional contracts R & S Rodeos signed with other fairs, the Harrison County fair board decided it was not profitable to host a rodeo here.
“It wasn’t worth it,” Haggard said. “Maybe we’ll do another rodeo sometime.”
The only concern Haggard had about the success of the fair involved the weather.
“I want the fair to do good,” he replied when asked about the possibility of rain next week.
“But if it rains, it rains,” he said. “We really need the rain.”