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‘Greatest reality show’ returns to fairgrounds

The ‘greatest reality show’ begins Sunday and will continue through Saturday, Aug. 5. It’s the 147th Harrison County Fair.
‘Where can you get a better show?’ asked Steve Haggard, chairman of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit agency that organizes the state’s oldest consecutive fair. ‘It’s going to be the greatest reality show they’re going to get to see this summer.’
New this year is some entertainment that doesn’t take place in front of the grandstand. That includes a local talent showcase on Thursday and Friday nights, Aug. 3 and 4, and performances by Evil Engine No. 9 and Wasted Days, both on Saturday, Aug. 5.
Persons interested in appearing in the talent show should register with Bette Harper by sending their name, phone number, a description of their talent and length of performance to the Harrison County Ag. Society, P.O. Box 84, Corydon, IN 47112.
‘There is no entry fee, and no prizes will be awarded,’ Haggard said. ‘It’s simply an opportunity for local people to perform.’
Individuals will be allowed 15 to 30 minutes to perform, while groups will be given 30 to 60 minutes. All performers must bring their own recorded music (if needed). The stage will be set up by Clayton Hughes near the Midway, next to the Merchant’s Building.
Haggard encouraged fairgoers to bring lawn chairs. ‘Have a seat,’ he said. ‘There’ll be some good music, and there’ll be some not as good.’
That same stage will be used the last night of the fair by Evil Engine No. 9 and Wasted Days. That show will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Other musical entertainment at the week-long fair includes a karaoke contest. Auditions will be held Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Midway Stage. During preliminaries, contestants must have a song selected from Clayton’s book by registration time. The karaoke finals will take place next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Grandstand Stage.
Prizes will be awarded in two age divisions as follows: adults ‘ first, $500; second, $300; and third, $100; youth, 15 years and younger ‘ first, $100; second, $50; and third, plaque.
For more information about the karaoke contest, call Clayton or Teresa Hughes at 267-9913.
Fred Schuppert and Victory will take the Grandstand Stage on Tuesday, Haggard said, playing music from the 1950s and ’60s. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
The fair officially gets underway Sunday with opening-day favorites, including the parade, Little Miss and Master contest, and the queen contest.
The parade begins at 7 p.m. on Old S.R. 135 above Big Indian Creek and will travel south on Capitol Avenue to the fairgrounds, where entries will travel around the track and past the grandstand. This year’s Little Miss and Master will be selected before the parade gets there.
Immediately following the parade will be the queen contest. Eleven young women are vying for the title of Miss Harrison County. (See photo on Community.) They are:
Michele Beanblossom, 18, Laconia. She is the daughter of Yvonne and Steve Beanblossom, and will be a freshman at the University of Indianapolis. She is sponsored by Owens Machinery.
Brittany Sarah Blevins, 17, Georgetown. She will be a senior at North Harrison High School. Her parents are Brent and Debbie Blevins, and her sponsor is Big O Tires in Corydon.
Tabitha Camp, 19, Corydon. Her mother is Anna Camp, and her sponsor is Tyson Foods. She will be a sophomore at Indiana University Southeast.
Kristin Coburn, 18, Corydon. She is the daughter of Dave and Sharon Coburn, and will be a freshman at Purdue University. She is sponsored by The Hair Shack.
Samantha Faith, 20, New Salisbury. Her parents are Karen and Gary Faith, and she is sponsored by Indian Creek Health and Rehab in Corydon.
Amber Linderman, 19, Corydon. She is the daughter of Denise Linderman, and will be a sophomore at Indiana University Southeast. She is sponsored by Steven M. Sieg, DDS.
Johna Livers, 16, Corydon. She will be a sophomore at Corydon Central High School. Her parents are Marty and Angie Reed and Scott and Laura Livers. She is sponsored by Classic Detail, Hometown Hair and Arc Weld.
Devon Rhodes, 16, Corydon. Her parents are Anthony Rhodes and Kim Powers, and her sponsor is JayC Plus Food Store in Corydon. She will be a junior at Corydon Central High School.
Stacy Robertson, 18, Depauw. She is the daughter of Larry and Leslie Robertson, and will be a freshman at Indiana University. She is sponsored by Robertson Crushed Stone.
Loren Tomes, 17, Lanesville. She will be a senior at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School. Her mother is Suzie Tomes, and her sponsor is Roman Marblene in Corydon.
Meagan Wolfe, 17, Lanesville. Her parents are Virginia Jansa and James Jansa, and her sponsor is Technidyne Corp. She will be a senior at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School.
Haggard, who has served 16 years on the fair board, said they are using the one-price admission again this year.
‘Where else can you go for $7?’ he asked, adding that the admission fee doesn’t begin until 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and next Saturday, and noon on Thursday and Friday, allowing persons who just want to look at exhibits an opportunity to do so without paying anything.
The admission fee includes parking, admission to the grandstand (excluding box seats) and all the rides.
Chuck Edge is organizing a demonstration of mules and work horses for Thursday afternoon at the fair. Haggard said that will take place in front of the grandstand after the harness races. (Harness racing is scheduled for Aug. 3 and 4, with post times both days at 1 p.m.)
Other grandstand entertainment is the Demolition Derby mini cars on Monday night and the regular demo derby on Thursday, the truck pull on Friday night and the annual tractor pull closing night.
Haggard said the fair board, as well as others, will miss Joseph A. Wingler of Palmyra this year. Wingler, who was killed in a car crash July 16, was a staple at the fair, calling the pulls.
The 4-H program will have several events during the week, such as livestock shows and exhibits of projects. There are also some new additions, which take place nightly in the 4-H Hospitality Tent from 6 to 8 p.m. Those include welcome activities on Sunday; karaoke and party dances, and a watermelon seed-spitting contest on Monday; outdoor games next Wednesday; talent show and milk-a-goat opportunity on Aug. 2; Quiznos Sub Eating Contest, and sheep and rabbit shearing demonstration on Aug. 3; and craft night and face painting on Aug. 4.
For more information about any of these events, stop by the 4-H Hospitality Tent.
Haggard said fairgoers will probably notice the new fence that’s been placed around the fairground track. A grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation allowed the purchase of the material, and volunteers put it up.
‘It was very, very expensive,’ Haggard said. ‘It needed to be done.’
He said the annual event relies heavily on volunteers, who give ‘a lot of time and money out of their own pockets and use of their equipment’ to make the fair possible.
One regular fair event, the poultry show, was held a week earlier this year due to health concerns related to avian flu. Kevin Burch of Corydon and Bill Wolfe of Connersville judged the entries this past Saturday.
The fair office will be open Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for persons to pickup their season passes or other tickets. The office will also be open Sunday, except during the parade.
For more information, call the fair office at 738-4261.