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Fair had its ups and downs

Overall, how was the 143rd Harrison County Fair? “Pretty good,” said Steve Haggard, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society that sponsors the annual event.
Compared to past fairs, two nights were not very good.
Rain washed out a big crowd for the mini-car Demolition Derby the second night of the fair.
“And the tractor pull (on Aug. 3, the final night of the fair) didn’t pull them in,” Haggard said. “The heat may have had something to do with it.”
Haggard said the Agricultural Society may need to consider moving the tractor pull to a different night or replacing it.
“I did hear a lot of compliments about the truck pull on Friday night,” he added.
Attendance was down those two nights, but the fair organization didn’t lose money, Haggard said. “We just didn’t make as much as the year before.”
The annual 4-H Livestock Auction brought “very comparable prices,” in Haggard’s opinion, especially considering that “the money markets are down and the stock market is down. The whole farming industry is terrible now.
“We had a lot of people there; the buyers did well,” he said.
People who came for the livestock exhibits were treated to “plumb-full barns,” Haggard said.
And, for the first time that he could recall, all three tractor dealerships in Harrison County were represented.
Businesses packed the Merchant’s Building this year, filling a few vacancies there last year.
Harrison County Extension Agent Jerry Dryden said crops displays “were not very plentiful” this year, and some “were not very good” due to drought conditions.
Haggard praised Elizabeth Tuell, this year’s fair queen, for “a great job. “She was at every function, doing her job, and she did it good,” he said. “I was really impressed with her.”
Tuell, a junior at Corydon Central High School, will compete Sunday at 2 p.m. (slow time) at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.
Haggard conveyed his appreciation to everyone who helped with the state’s oldest consecutive fair (this was number 143rd for Harrison County) — from the barn superintendents to volunteer firefighters and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Horse Patrol.
“We just can’t do it without everyone,” he said. “It takes a lot of time and work.”

Here are the results from fair competitions and drawings:
Pie eating — adult division: Allen Downing, first; Daniel Dudgeon, second; Charles Adamson, third; child division: Patrick Rankin, first; Johnny Downey, second; Nat Bunnell, third.
Watermelon eating — adults: Steve Early of Lanesville, first; Johnnie Senn of Sennville, second; David Wiley of Corydon, third; children: Kaitlyn Early of Floyds Knobs, first; Charles Farthing of Palmyra, second; Wesley Hedden of Elizabeth, third; Aaron Kinkade of Palmyra, fourth.
Hog calling — Walter Reimold.
Cattle calling — Maurice Fisher.
Rooster crowing — Larry Long.
Antique tractor games — Clyde Pitts, slowest tractor; Terry Sullivan, barrel racing; Terry Sullivan (driver) and Kent Kitterman (guider), blindfold race; Kent Kitterman, quick-start drag race.
Cracker Barrel gift certificates — Walter Gullett of Georgetown, Roger Frederick of Dogwood, Cod Kelly of Corydon and Gene Garbrough of New Albany.
Papa John’s Pizza certificates — Bud Neely of Mauckport; Irene Neely Cuerdon of New Albany; Steve Crosby of Elizabeth.
Cracker Barrel gift certificates and Papa John’s Pizza certificates — Bonnie Lackland of Elizabeth, Donna Swift of New Albany, Paul Satterfield of Depauw, Shawn Hublar of Corydon, and Jennie Wright of New Salisbury.
Cracker Barrel rocking chair — Laura White of Laconia.
Cash drawings — Monday, Judy Roby of Marengo, $1,000; Tuesday, Cheryl Schoen, $1,000; Wednesday, Jim Mersmann of Corydon, $1,000; Thursday, Michael Grant of Crawford County, $1,000; Friday, Rick Whitehead of Crandall, $2,000; Saturday, Johnny Lenz of Palmyra, $5,000.