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Looking for one more outdoor festival that includes really good free music before cool weather arrives?
Then check out the third annual Harrison County Cockadoodle Days at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon this weekend. The festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. and continues through midnight Saturday.
Returning this year are the Marlins and the Monarchs, two popular singing groups who have been performing for decades in the Kentuckiana region.
‘We decided to go back to the tried and true,’ said Sean Hawkins, one of the organizers of Cockadoodle Days. Both groups performed here in 2003 at the first festival, but other acts were booked last year.
The Marlins will be on stage from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; the Monarchs will perform Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.
Also on Saturday, Smokin’ Joe and the Mudflaps will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight.
A popular feature for children of all ages is Radio Disney. Hawkins said $4,000 worth of Disney items will be given away from 2 to 5 p.m. while Radio Disney is showcased.
‘This show was pretty well attended last year,’ Hawkins said.
New events have been added this year. There’s Happy Cox’s Vintage Car Show and a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. Participants should preregister for both. For the car show, call 1-812-945-8921. Card players should call 968-4735.
Festival-goers can purchase Tyson Foods products during a truckload sale at the festival, but you don’t have to carry around half a chicken while you’re playing poker or admiring neat cars. Buyers will be given a coupon to redeem when they are ready to leave.
Hawkins said booths are still available for persons who want to set up in the yard sale area. The yard sale takes place Saturday only, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and space rents for $15. To reserve space, call Hawkins at 734-0581.
Visitors who are 21 and older may want to check out the Miller High Life Cruiser, a traveling museum that commemorates 100 years of ‘ what else? ‘ High Life beer. The cruiser, which does not serve alcohol, will be available to tour from 5 to 10 both Friday and Saturday nights.
About 300 persons who serve on boards of Harrison County organizations will get a free chicken dinner at the festival. Others can purchase chicken dinners for $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Serving times are 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The meal includes half a barbecued chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, roll, dessert and a beverage. Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Harrison County Endowment Fund, which helps provide free swim lessons to all third graders in the county.
To satisfy chicken cravings, there will be the opportunity to participate in the Hooter’s Chicken Wing Eating Contest, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Registration begins an hour before start time. And, yes, Hooter’s Girls will be there.
Originally designed as a one-day event, Harrison County Cockadoodle Days has grown to two.
‘Food festivals are a hot thing around the country,’ Hawkins said. ‘This is designed to be a fun festival. One last, good outdoor festival with music before cold weather sets in.
‘And best of all, the concerts are free,’ he said.
Here is a complete schedule of events:
5 to 8:30 p.m. ‘ YMCA Chicken Dinner
5 to 7 p.m. ‘ Karaoke Contest
7 to 11 p.m. ‘ Marlins concert
6 to 11 p.m. ‘ Arts, crafts and food booths open, games available
6 to 11 p.m. ‘ Silent auction
6 to 8:30 p.m. ‘ Horseshoe Pitching Contest
6 to 11 p.m. ‘ Beer Garden open
8 a.m. ‘ 5k Run and Bike Race (Call 734-0581 to register)
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ‘ Community Yard Sale
Noon ‘ Arts, crafts and food booths open, games available
Noon to 7 p.m. ‘ Silent Auction continues
Noon to 5 p.m. ‘ Happy Cox’s Vintage Car Show (Call 1-812-945-8921 to register)
Noon to 2 p.m. ‘ Tae Kwon Do demonstrations
2 to 5 p.m. ‘ Radio Disney (Kids’ games and Disney prizes)
3:30 to 8:30 p.m. ‘ YMCA Chicken Dinner
5 p.m. to midnight ‘ Beer Garden open
5 to 9 p.m. ‘ Monarchs concert
7 to ? ‘ Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament (Call 968-4735 to register)
7 to 9 p.m. ‘ Hooter’s Chicken Wing Eating Contest (Registration begins at 6 p.m.)
9 p.m. to midnight ‘ Smokin’ Joe and the Mudflaps concert