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All about the fair

All about the fair
All about the fair
Aubrey Basham, 18, was crowned Miss Harrison County 2008 Sunday at the opening night of the 149th consecutive annual Harrison County Fair. She is the daughter of Michael and Carolyn Basham of Corydon.

By the time the annual Harrison County Fair parade rolled in front of the grandstand Sunday evening at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, the first entry of the night ‘ Blue River Township’s antique fire truck ‘ had called it quits.
The old, white Ford was listed in the offical entry form as consisting of the fire engine and walkers. The walkers wound up being pushers as the truck had to be shoved the final few hundred feet in front of the presentation area, with audience members cheering them on.
For the most part, it was the only hiccup on an otherwise perfect evening to kick-off the 149th consecutive annual fair. Most years the parade is held in sweltering conditions, but Sunday night temperatures fell from 90 degrees at the 7 p.m. start to about 78 degrees by the time Aubrey Basham, 18, was crowned fair queen at 8:45.
Basham, the daughter of Michael and Carolyn Basham, will be a freshman at Indiana University Southeast in the fall. She’ll study equine nutrition before transferring to Purdue University in the fall of 2009. Basham has been involved in 4-H for seven years and shows sheep and goats.
After Lindsey Summers was awarded Miss Congeniality (which was voted by the contestants) and Miss Photogenic, Devon Rhodes was named second runner-up, with Lori Weiss taking first runner-up.
‘That’s when I got really nervous,’ Basham said after the runners-up were announced by emcee Greg Milby. ‘My heart started racing so fast. I was hoping I would get it, but I wasn’t sure.’
The 2007 fair queen, Ashley Uhl, gave Basham a few words of advice afterwards.
‘She told me to be confident this week and that I did a good job,’ Basham said. ‘I’m really excited to go to all of the events and meet everyone.’
Basham will go on to represent Harrison County in the Indiana State Fair pageant Aug. 17 at noon in Indianapolis.
The county’s queen contest, which normally lingers well into the night, was shortened considerably this year by staging the evening wear competition and interview segments on Saturday evening at Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon.
Thousands of spectators lined both sides of Capitol Avenue Sunday evening along the route to take in the parade, which had approximately 100 entries.
Parade winners were:
Best float ‘ St. Joseph’s School’s ‘Building For Jesus’;
Best antique car ‘ Jim Sieboldt’s 1955 Ford pickup truck;
Best horse-drawn entry ‘ Jim and Maxine Schweitzer of Stacy Mini Acres in Charlestown and their miniature donkeys (the Schweitzers won this award last year, as well);
Best tractor ‘ Tyler Mathes’ 1955 Massey-Harris tractor pulling stationary engines;
Best performing entry ‘ Kenleigh Edge, 7, of Ramsey and her horse, Sparkey.
Prior to the parade, the Little Miss and Master contest was held. Gracelyn Anderson, daughter of Chad and Amelia Anderson of New Middletown, and Cameron Hensley, son of Kayla Hensley and Scott Rumple, both of New Salisbury, were crowned winners.
Michael Rhoads won the mini-car demolition derby Monday night, with Cory Logsdon second and Patrick Rankin third.
Other fair activities this week include the following:
Today (Wednesday) ‘ 4-H livestock auction 6 p.m., karaoke contest, 7 p.m.;
Thursday ‘ Old Timers Day (free admission to fair and free admission to the grandstand for harness races is available for all senior citizens); harness races, 1 p.m.; cherry pie contest, 1 p.m.; Taste of Harrison County, 6 p.m.; children’s pedal pull championship, 7 p.m.; big-car demolition derby and mini-car rollover contest, 7:30 p.m.;
Friday ‘ Harness races, 1 p.m.; baby contest, 6 p.m.; truck pull, 7 p.m.;
Saturday ‘ Open Class tractor pull, 6 p.m.; Evil Engine No. 9, 8 p.m.
Admission to this year’s fair is $8, which includes parking, general admission to the grandstand, and entry into the cash giveaway ($1,500 Wednesday and Thursday; $2,000 Friday; $3,000 Saturday).
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Click for photo gallery along parade route