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Karaoke contest added to old favorites at fair

A new contest plus some old favorites that have been missing the past year or two will be part of the oldest consecutive county fair in Indiana next week.
‘We’re bringing back the pie- and watermelon-eating contests, as well as the chicken-, cattle- and hog-calling contests,’ said Steve Haggard, who returns this year as president of the board of directors of the Harrison County Agriculture Society following a one-year hiatus.
The new event is a karaoke contest. Preliminary rounds in two age divisions (adults and 10- to 15-year-olds) were held earlier this month at Lisa’s Sports Bar in Corydon. The finals take place next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand.
‘It’s something different,’ Haggard said. ‘We’ll see how that works out.’
The 146th annual Harrison County Fair begins Sunday with a slew of popular opening day events, including the Harrison County FFA Chapter Pedal Tractor Pull at 4 p.m.; the annual parade at 7 p.m.; the Little Miss and Master pageant at 7 p.m. at the grandstand, and the queen contest, which starts at the conclusion of the parade.
The last day of the fair is Saturday, Aug. 6.
Even though the thermometer reached the upper 90s yesterday, Haggard said he’s not too worried about the heat, unless it’s ‘really, really, really hot, then it makes it tough.
‘It’s rain that could hurt us,’ he said. ‘It’s worse than anything.’
Admission to the fair is the same as last year: $7.
‘It’s a great price,’ Haggard said. ‘It includes parking, admission to the grandstand (excluding box seats), and the rides.’
And while he still hears complaints from some people who say all they want to do is look at exhibits, Haggard reminds them that the gate fee isn’t charged most days until 4 p.m. The exception is Thursday and Friday when fair-goers start paying at noon. Even then, he said, there are exceptions, such as those who have exhibits. They get passes.
‘You’ve got to make something to make (the fair) work,’ Haggard said. ‘It’s for a good cause.’
The fair relies heavily on volunteers who serve as superintendents for livestock and animal divisions, 4-H, FFA members and advisors.
‘We appreciate everybody who comes out and helps,’ Haggard said.
Other fair highlights next week include the Demolition Derby mini cars on Monday night and the regular Demo Derby Thursday night, entertainment by the Corydon Jamboree on Tuesday night, ‘A Taste of Harrison County’ Thursday evening, the truck pull and livestock auction Friday night, and the annual tractor pull Saturday night.
During the day throughout the week there will be 4-H highlights, including shows of meat pen poultry, poultry, rabbits, goats, swine, sheep, beef, dairy and dairy steer.
(A complete listing of fair events is available in a special fair insert at O’Bannon Publishing Co. and the fair office.)
Haggard said the fair board welcomes new ideas.
‘Come and express your ideas,’ he said, adding, ‘We don’t mind doing new things, we just need people to help do them.’

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