Grandstand full at ‘pretty good fair’
Steve Haggard wouldn’t call last week’s Harrison County Fair ‘the best ever,’ but he did say it was ‘a pretty good fair.’
The 146th annual fair wrapped up Saturday night with fire and smoke ‘ the annual tractor pull.
Haggard, once again president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, said attendance was ‘down some’ the last night of the fair, and the truck pull the night before had about the same number as last year.
Jim Cavins, the ag society treasurer, estimated about 27,000 people enjoyed the attractions before the grandstand during fair week.
Something new this year was the karaoke contest on Wednesday night. The grandstand was full, Haggard said. ‘It was the best Wednesday night we’ve had since the Democrat Party sold tickets and the Marlins were there.’
In the adult category, Kim McCauley of Corydon was first and won $500. Thelma Neal of Marengo was second and won $300, and Tina Million of Depauw was third. She won $100.
Robin Rosenbury of Lanesville won the 15-year-old and younger category. She won $100. Shelbie Timberlake, Lanesville, was second and won the $50 prize, and Jordan Smith of Corydon won $25 for third.
Vendors were pleased with their business for the week, according to Bette Harper, who’s in her first year as secretary of the society. (She has volunteered the past three or four years.)
Some vendors offered suggestions, which Harper encouraged them to write down and submit for future fairs.
Besides the usual criticisms, such as the $7 admission fee, Harper said she heard a lot of positives about the state’s oldest continuous fair.
‘People were pleased with how the grounds looked and the open forum in the office,’ she said. The office had chairs for those who needed to cool off, and Culligan Water of Corydon supplied a water cooler.
During the intermission of the Corydon Jamboree’s performance last Tuesday night, the hog-, cattle- and chicken-calling contests made a reappearance to the fair after a year or more absence.
Walter Reimold retained his title for best hog caller. (He’s won the state fair hog-calling contest four times.) Jean Ann Birkle won the chicken-calling contest, and Maurice Fisher won the cattle-calling. All three received a trophy and a $10 gift certificate to the Corydon Jay C Plus Store.
Haggard said, ‘All the board members took a very active part in working the fair,’ and there were many volunteers.
‘Fair-goers have no clue’ as to the number of volunteers it takes to put on the week-long event, Haggard said. That includes the 4-Hers, those who help with the open class shows, the Homemakers, volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel from Harrison County Hospital.
‘That’s what you call community involvement,’ Haggard said.
Here are the fair competition results, provided by the agricultural society:
Mini Car Demolition Derby ‘ Josh Stepro, first; Stephen Ashabranner, second; Rodney Shelton, third.
Demolition Derby Rollover ‘ Jerry Adair, first; Rusty Kelly, second; Doug Brown, third; Big Car ‘ Tim Coffman, first; Darrell Troncin, second; Billy Myrick, third.
Truck and Tractor pulls
6200 SS 4WD ‘ Luke Thomas, first; Roy Hall, second; Jesse Lang, third; Marshall Highbaugh, fourth; Mark Lutz, fifth; David Lawton, sixth; Scott Sanders, seventh; David Dorsett, eighth.
800 Diesel ‘ George Peterson, first; Jimmy Dale Smith, second; Luke Thomas, third; Chris Watts, fourth.
5800 4WD Truck, Street Stock, Stick ‘ Derrick Geltmaker, first; Troy Faulkenberg, second; Robbie Williams, third.
5800 4WD Truck, Street Stock, Automatic ‘ Leon Faulkenberg, first; Jeremy Robinson, second; David Ealy, third.
5,000-pound Farm Stock Tractor ‘ Steve Scherle, first; Adam Barr, second; Keith Long, third; Ryan Lowe, fourth.
7,500-pound Farm Stock Tractor ‘ Brian Patton, first; Adam Camm, second; Jamie Martin, third; Joe Mobley, fourth; Wes Long, fifth.
9,300-pound Farm Stock Tractor ‘ Jeff Batliner, first; Heath Wehr, second; Dallas Roberts, third; Johnny Suhre, fourth; Melvin Mobley Jr., fifth.
13,000-pound Farm Stock Tractor ‘ Jason Wehr, first; Joe Batliner, second; David Batliner, third; Nick Wehr, fourth; David Edelher, fifth.
16,000-pound Farm Stock Tractor ‘ Daniel Davis, first; Nick Wehr, second; Scott Sanders, third; Jerry Sanders, fourth; Steve Perlee, fifth.
5,500-pound Pure Stock Tractor ‘ John Adams, first; Dickey Garmon, second; Mike Johnson, third; Donnie Eckart, fourth; Justin Blackman, fifth.
9,500-pound Pure Stock Tractor ‘ Alex Hoehn, first; Seth Mehringer, second; Kevin Seig, third; Nick Fried, fourth; William Euridge, fifth.
11,500-pound Pro Farm Tractors ‘ Mike Robbins, first; Greg Lamb, second; Dan Cristiana, third; Mark Fisher, fourth; Daniel Davis, fifth.
16,000-pound Pure Stock Tractor ‘ Steve Purlee, first; Matt Purlee, second; Doug Gibson, third; Pat Weidenbenner, fourth.
16,000-pound Farm Stock ‘ Jeff Moore, first; Nick Wehr, second; Scott Sanders, third; Jerry Sanders, fourth; Steve Purlee, fifth.
11,500-pound Pro Farm ‘ Dan Cristiani, first.
13,000-pound Farm Stock ‘ Jason Wehr, first; Joe Batliner, second; David Batliner, third; Nick Wehr, fourth; Wayne Glenn, fifth.
9,500-pound Pure Stock ‘ Alex Hoehn, first; Seth Mehringer, second; Kevin Sieg, third; Nick Fried, fourth; Mel Carraco, fifth.
9,500-pound Farm Stock ‘ Jeff Batliner, first; Heath Wehr, second; Dallas Roberts, third; Johnny Suhre, fourth; Melvin Mobley Jr., fifth.
7,500-pound Farm Stock ‘ Bryan Patton, first; Adam Camm, second; Jamie Martin, third; Joe Mobley, fourth; Wes Long, fifth.
5,500-pound Pure Stock ‘ John Adams, first; Dickey Garmon, second; Mike Johnson, third; Donnie Eckart, fourth; Justin Blackman, fifth.
5,500-pound Farm Stock ‘ Randall Barr, first; Keith Long, second; Ryan Lowe, third.