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Dry conditions expected for ‘bigger, better’ Cockadoodle Days

Sunny skies and seasonal temperatures are expected for this year’s Cockadoodle Days, set for Friday and Saturday at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon. That’s welcome news to organizers of the event, now in its fifth year, after torrential rains caused flooding and cancellation of just about every activity at last year’s festival.
‘The festival is bigger and better than ever,’ said festival committee chair Donn Blank. ‘This year, we’ve added a few new activities such as the Old Hen and Cocky Old Rooster contest.’
Some of the new events this year were to be new last year, but they didn’t pan out due to the rain.
Presented by Lucas Oil Inc., this year’s two-day festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. with the opening of the art, crafts and food booths. Other activities beginning at 5 p.m. include a silent auction, YMCA chicken dinner (also available from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday) and children’s rides (12 and under) provided by Limeberry Lumber.
New to Cockadoodle Days is the Chicky Doodle Art Show and Exhibits, which will last both days. Competition will be divided between preschool to kindergarten; first to third grade; fourth to sixth grade; seventh and eighth grade; and high school. Participants can choose between creating a drawing/painting or a sculpture of a chicken. For more information on the art show, call Courtney McKinney at 738-3862.
The Little Indian Creek Egg Race, another new event, will start at 6 p.m. Friday. Eggs, which are being sold for $5 each (six for $25) at various locations throughout the county, will be dropped into the creek; the first one to cross the finish line is the winner.
An all-day event on Saturday is the ‘mega yard sale,’ which begins at 9 a.m. Booth space is available for $15 per space. Call 968-3272 to reserve a spot.
Tyson Foods will have a chicken sale from 9 to 11 a.m.
Other booths and rides will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, and 4-H will have a petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Old Hen and Cocky Rooster contest, set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday, is for the 40 and older crowd. That contest will be preceded by the Princess, Queen and Little Chick contest at 8.
Other activities Saturday include the Bill Gerdon Auto Show, hosted by Mid South Mopar, from noon to 4 p.m. with music from the ’50s and ’60s by a DJ, a 50-50 drawing and door prizes; the Tastiest Chicken Dumplin’ Contest at 2 p.m. with cash prizes (the grand prize winner will receive a trophy made by Zimmerman Art Glass in Corydon); O’Charleys Wing Eating Contest at 6:30 p.m., also with cash prizes; and a Texas Hold’em poker tournament 7 p.m.
The 5K run will begin at 5 p.m. (registration begins at 4). The entry fee is $15 (late entry is $18). Age group awards will be given to winners. Overall male and female runners will receive a gift certificate from Pacers and Racers running-walking store. The Kids Fun run will be held at 5:30 p.m. Age groups include 3 and younger (50 meters), 4- and 5-year-olds (50 meters), 6- and 7-year-olds (100 meters), and 8- to 10-year-olds (200 meters). Trophies will be awarded to all age group winners, both girls and boys; all other runners will receive participation ribbons. The fun run is free to all contestants.
And what would a festival be without music?
Free entertainment Friday includes the Country Charm Band (5 to 7 p.m.) and The Marlins (7 to 11 p.m.). Saturday’s line-up includes Ballistix (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.), Sparkles and Spurs line dance exhibition (2:45 to 3:45 p.m.), The Monarchs (4 to 8 p.m.), and Smokin’ Joe and the Mudflaps (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.).
‘The Monarchs and Marlins are always a big pull,’ said Blank.
The beer garden will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Admission and parking to Cockadoodle Days is free. Kiddie rides, for children 12 and younger, cost $3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday for unlimited ride time.
For more information about Cockadoodle Days, visit www.cockadoodledays.com or contact Blank at 1-812-989-0883.

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