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Festivals abound in Corydon

Festivals abound in Corydon
Festivals abound in Corydon
Tim Dugger, 22, of Athens, Ala., performs a free concert late Saturday afternoon at Cockadoodle Days festival at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon. Photos by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor (click for larger version)

Corydon was a busy place Friday afternoon through Sunday, as the site of two festivals, a parade and a fireworks show.
The Cockadoodle Days festival, now in its eighth year but the first time to be held during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, took place Friday and Saturday and featured many of the same events, including the Old Capitol Power Pull, which is the largest pulling event of the season for Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.
‘We had a variety of top-notch vehicles,’ Kristie Chastain, director of the pro pulling league, said of this year’s event which ‘had all the different classes covered’ from tractors and trucks that run on diesel and alcohol.
Chastain said the spectators both evenings was great and the pro pulling league hopes to return to next year’s Cockadoodle Days.
Donn Blank, this year’s festival chair, said the Lucas pro pull is ‘a great part of the festival now.’
He was also pleased by how smooth the festival went even with the move from Labor Day weekend.
‘There was a lot of community cooperation,’ he said, citing an example of working with the tri-parish Catholic community that will have its annual picnic Sunday at the fairgrounds and would also need to have tables and chairs at the fairgrounds.
‘Although it was hot … for the first time of having it on the Fourth, we had a good turnout,’ he said, adding that the parking areas were nearly full Friday evening.
Blank also saw several people arrive to the fairgrounds, courtesy of the free carriage rides being offered on the Corydon town square during the Indiana Territory Festival. (The territory festival will be featured in next week’s Flair.)
Having the two events during the same weekend ‘should be a good thing’ to attract people to spend an entire day in Corydon, Blank said.
Saturday morning’s parade, which ran from the north bridge to the fairgrounds, was a blend of the both festivals and included numerous entries, from old cars and tractors to political floats, with members of both major political parties wearing black ribbons in memory of Harrison County Councilman William T. (Bill) Nichols, who died Friday, and Harrison County Surveyor Tom Bube, who died June 26.
Other highlights of Cockadoodle Days included the egg derby water race, with D. Ott winning the $1,000 prize; a Battle of the Bands contest won by Identity Crisis; Texas Hold’em tournament, won by Chris Stepro of Corydon; the wing-eating contest, won by Alan Downey of Harrison County; the cornhole tournament, won by Uppercut; and a karaoke contest, won by William Wesson of Rineyville, Ky. Betty Hartley won the festival gift basket.
There was also several free entertainment, including Tim Dugger, 22, of Athens, Ala., who also performed Sunday night at Old Capital Golf Club prior to the Kiwanis fireworks show, Kings Cave, Katie Toupin and Foolish Pleasure.
Jansen Smith, 12, of Dry Ridge, Ky., and Jacob Messer, 8, of Memphis, Tenn., raced mini-control cars on a small oval track. They had come to the festival for the pro pull.
Cockadoodle Days was first organized in 2003 by members of Leadership Harrison County as a way to help community organizations raise money. ‘While I can’t say enough about the works the committee puts into it, we could use some more help,’ Blank said.
Anyone who is interested in serving on the Cockadoodle Days festival committee should contact Blank at 1-812-989-0883.