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Fair fairly sizzles

Fair fairly sizzles
Fair fairly sizzles
Elizabeth Tuell, 16, Corydon, was crowned this year's Harrison County Fair Queen Sunday night following the annual parade. (Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

The best seat in the house for the annual Harrison County Fair parade Sunday night may well have been in the parade: many of the entrants were able to keep cool using their vehicles’ air-conditioning while parade watchers tried to find spots in the shade.
The parade, considered by many as the official start of the fair, took nearly two hours to make its way from staging areas at Sears, First Baptist Church and the firehouse for the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Dept. on Corydon’s north hill, south on Capitol Avenue to the fairgrounds and around the track to the grandstand.
Ray (Radar) Lillpop of Laconia didn’t quite make it.
“It overheated,” he said of his pickup truck after “parking” it on the inside of the track just yards from the grandstand.
Lillpop watched the rest of the parade from a shady spot inside of the track. At least he got to see the rest of the parade.
Andrew Best of Corydon missed the rest of the event after collapsing in his yard.
Best said yesterday that he had been standing in the shade on the sidewalk in front of his home on North Capitol Avenue when he began “to feel a little shaky.” He started up the steps that lead to his home when he apparently fainted.
Kevin Kinney of Corydon, who was walking in the parade as part of the entry for his stepfather, Harrison County Sheriff C. Wendell Smith, saw Best down on the ground. Kinney summoned his sister, Chris Wieckowski, a registered nurse, who was walking with him.
Smith and his chief, Jodie Wilson, summoned an ambulance that took Best to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon.
“They let me go home that same day,” said Best, adding that he had been dehydrated.
Following the parade, 11 young women completed the final phase of the Miss Harrison County Fair Queen contest. Judging took place prior to the parade.
Chris Stoner of Jeffersonville was the emcee for the event, sponsored by Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority. He asked each contestant a question chosen at random.
After the judges reached their decision, Elizabeth Tuell, 16, of Corydon, was named this year’s queen.
Tuell, a junior at Corydon Central High School, said she was “surprised” at being selected.
In response to her question, “What to you consider to be your greatest achievement?” the 5-3 brunette said it was competing in the National JamFest contest earlier this year with her cheerleading squad. “It really helped put our school on the map,” she said.
Tuell’s parents are Robin Bays and Vincent Tuell. She was sponsored by Robin Bays of Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services and The Natural Touch Massage and Spa.
First runner-up was Macie Long, 20, New Salisbury. Darcy Zellers, 18, Depauw, was second runner-up, and Jessica Oehmann, 17, Ramsey, was third runner-up. Christi Peters was named Miss Congeniality, which is voted on by the contestants.
Before the parade reached the grandstand, spectators watched the Little Miss and Master contest.
Camyrn Schmidt, daughter of Kevin and Lori Schmidt of Corydon, who needed coaxing from her mom to make her way on stage, was named Little Miss. She was sporting a sling after breaking her collarbone about a week earlier.
Jackson Perry Shaffer was named Little Master. His parents are Steve and Jennifer Shaffer of Corydon.
Following the queen contest, Lillpop (remember the overheated pickup?) was facing a new dilemma. After getting some transmission fluid from his friend Clark Hardsaw, Lillpop was able to move his truck outside the fair track, but then had a flat tire.
Winners in the parade were:
Floats — Flipside Tumbling, first; Ready! Set! Learn! Preschool, second; St. Joseph School, third.
Best antique car — Eldon and Phyllis Knight of Corydon, 1950 Ford Custom Club Coupe.
Best horse-drawn entry — Robert and April Shope of Palmyra, two-year-old Belgian mares pulling a black hitch wagon from Roberts Carriages in Quebec, Canada.
Bill Brockman, curator of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site, said the winners will be contacted about picking up their trophies.
Attendance Monday night was down, said Steve Haggard, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, despite a favored event, the Demolition Derby Mini Car. He attributed that to dark clouds approaching Corydon that produced high winds and rain.
“You can’t fool Mother Nature,” he said.
The fair continues through Saturday. Admission, which is charged beginning at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) and noon the rest of the week, is $7 per person and includes parking, general seating at the grandstand and all rides.
“There’s still plenty to do and see at the fair,” Haggard said, adding that the livestock barns “are full.”
Here are highlights remaining:
Today — 4-H Beef Show, 3 p.m., Show Barn; Revved Up Band, 7:30 p.m., followed by Gina Emerson and the Wild Horses at 8:30, grandstand;
Thursday — Old Timers Day, free admission and free grandstand for harness races to all senior citizens; 4-H and Open Class Dairy Show, 10 a.m., Show Barn; 4-H Horse & Pony Flag Presentation, 12:45 p.m., grandstand; harness racing, 1 p.m., grandstand; homemade cherry pie contest, 1 p.m., Homecomers Hall; 4-H Dairy Steer Show, 3 p.m., Show Barn; “Taste of Harrison County,” 6 p.m. at Yellow Brick Road; Pedal Tractor Pull, 6 p.m., south end of Show Barn; Open Class Beef Cattle Show, 6:30 p.m., Show Barn; Demolition Derby, 7:30 p.m., grandstand;
Friday — Open Goat Show, 9 a.m., Show Barn; 4-H Cat Show, 11 a.m., 4-H Building; harness racing, 1 p.m., grandstand; 4-H Awards Program, 5 p.m., Show Barn; 4-H Livestock Auction, 6 p.m., Show Barn; truck pull, 7 p.m., grandstand;
Saturday — Open Class Rabbit Show, 9 a.m., Show Barn; antique tractor races, 1 p.m.; annual tractor pull, 7 p.m., grandstand.