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The seventh annual Cockadoodle Days Festival will return to the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon Friday and Saturday.
Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League’s Old Capitol Power Pull Midwest Region Finals will be back for the second consecutive year.
‘We’re expecting the tractor pull to be bigger than ever,’ festival chair Donn Blank said.
This event will be held in the grandstand on both Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6:30.
Admission to the festival is free; however, ticket prices for the Old Capitol Power Pull are as follows: adults, $13 in advance or $15 at the gate; students (ages 7 to 18) $10 in advance or $12 at the gate; children 6 and younger are free. Two-day passes can be purchased for $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for adults, and $15 in advance or $18 at the gate for students.
In addition to the grandstand seating, pit passes may be purchased during the festival only for $10.
Tickets are on sale now at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center, Chase Bank and Community First Bank, all in Corydon, First Federal Savings Bank in Elizabeth, First Harrison Bank in Palmyra and Lanesville Food Mart. Credit card purchases are available at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center only. Advance tickets will be sold until noon Friday at all of the listed locations, Blank said.
Many favorites will be back this year, including live music, kids’ inflatable items, the Tyson chicken sale, YMCA of Harrison County chicken dinner, art, craft and food booths, contests and prizes.
A Battle of the Fans band competition will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by a cornhole tournament.
‘These events are more for the younger age group,’ Blank said.
Blank said seven bands have signed up for the competition.
New this year will be a Beef ‘O’ Brady’s wing-eating contest Saturday at 4 p.m. A $100 gift certificate will be awarded to the winner.
The beer garden will also have a new feature this year with wine available from Indian Creek Winery near Georgetown and Turtle Run Winery near Lanesville.
This year’s MEGA Yard Sale will benefit 4-year-old Audrey Mason, who was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumor in August 2008. Volunteers to help work the yard sale are still needed. Anyone interested in helping can contact Robin Bays at 736-5515.
Blank said the yard sale will be the biggest yet, with two Lucas Oil trailers full of items to sale.
Cockadoodle Days was organized in 2003 when members of Leadership Harrison County decided, as a class project, to create a new festival that would help local organizations in the community raise money.
Blank was appreciative of Lucas Oil Products Inc. for its help with the festival.
‘We’re lucky to have Lucas Oil; they’re such a tremendous supporter,’ he said.
While the forecast may call for rain, Blank said the events will still take place with shelter provided for most activities.
For a complete schedule of events, contest entry forms and more information about Cockadoodle Days, visit www.cockadoodledays.com or call the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center at 738-2138.

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