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Cockadoodle what?

Just what is Cockadoodle Days?
‘It’s just a fun weekend,’ says Sean Hawkins, the mastermind behind the new festival that’s coming up this weekend.
Hawkins is the creative and hard-working community development manager for the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Corydon.
Cockadoodle Days starts Friday evening and packs in a lot of food, fun, games, rides, contests, a teen dance, and first-class live musical entertainment before it ends Saturday night at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon. And just about everything except the food and drink is FREE.
With the death of Gov. Frank L. O’Bannon and all the ‘serious’ events that Harrison County has during the summer ‘ Old Capital Days, World on the Square, Art on the Square, Bluegrass on the Square, and the Harrison County Fair ‘ Hawkins believes this fall festival is coming at a good time, and it’s suited to people of all ages.
All local volunteer firefighters will be honored, too. They’ll get a free dinner.
The drawing cards are the Marlins and the Monarchs, popular bands in the Falls Cities area with big followings. The Marlins will play Friday night, starting at 7, and the Monarchs will play Saturday night at 7. Their performances are free.
The festival begins Friday at 5:30 with a chicken dinner provided by the YMCA of Harrison County. All food booths, children’s activities, and a beer garden start at 6 p.m.
On Saturday morning at 8:30, the first Cockadoodle Days 5K and walk start. All food booths, a hot rod car show and children’s activities begin at noon. Jeff Ketterman’s Ezekiel’s Wheel will play at 1 p.m. Smokin’ Joe and the Mudflaps, a Harrison County rock ‘n’ roll band, will play at 3:45. Chicken dinner service begins at 3:30, Jeff Ketterman’s Ezekiel’s Wheel performs at 3:45, and the volunteer appreciation ceremony starts at 6. The teen dance, hosted by the Gerdon Youth Center in Corydon, starts at 7 p.m. and runs to 11 p.m.
Hawkins was sad to relate that Tyson Foods’ 40-foot-high ‘Chickzilla’ had a blow-out, so it will be replaced by ‘The Three Amigos,’ a chicken, pig and cow which measure 40 by 40 feet.
The 4-H will have a petting zoo, and the North Harrison High School FFA will have pedal pulls at 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Leadership Harrison County will sponsor egg toss, football toss and other tosses. The St. Joseph Church Carnival will feature clowns, pony rides, face painting, balloon arts, a ring toss and computer games.
There will be an 18-foot bouncing slide and a 20-by-70-foot inflatable obstacle course for kids and parents. The Ramsey Lions Club will host a dunking booth.
People can register early for the chicken run and walk at Butt Drug Store in Corydon.
Hawkins said food fests are ‘extremely popular these days, and have extremely good growth potential. My goal is to have big name entertainment come here. Would you like to see Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard come here? This is a foundation year. You get it established, work through the details, and build on it.
‘Some people aren’t fond of the name, but they’re talking about it.’

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