Fair starts end-of-summer rituals
As July draws to a close, Harrison County residents will begin their usual end-of-the-summer activities: shopping for school supplies, visiting the pool while the heat still lingers and celebrating the last days of summer at the longest consecutive running county fair in Indiana.
The 152nd annual Harrison County Fair will begin Sunday with a pedal tractor pull at 4 p.m. and an opening day dinner from L & S Catering from 4 to 7. (The 4-H portion of the fair begins tomorrow and continues through next Wednesday.)
Also on Sunday, at 7, the fair parade and the crowning of the Little Miss and Little Master will begin, followed by the crowning of the fair queen at the grandstand at the fairgrounds.
The week-long fair will continue through Saturday, July 30, featuring rides and attractions provided by Cumberland Valley Shows Inc. for the second consecutive year, a company with more than 20 years of experience operating at the Kentucky State Fair. The fair will also feature staples from past years, such as a tractor pull and a baby contest.
‘It’s kind of surreal, being a part of something that old,’ Todd Uhl, president of the Harrison County Agriculture Society, which organizes the fair, said. ‘It’s an honor.’
Uhl hopes that families will enjoy themselves at the fair.
‘We want everyone to have a good, wholesome experience,’ he said.
Uhl cited a few attractions that set the Harrison County Fair apart, such as harness racing. ‘We’re one of the few harness races in this part of the state,’ he said.
Gate admission, which is $8 per person, will apply beginning at 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, at noon on Thursday and Friday and at 3 p.m. the final day of the fair. The fee includes unlimited rides on the midway, parking and a general admission grandstand seat (seats marked ‘reserved’ are paid reserved seating only). Senior citizens may purchase a $15 all-week pass, which covers parking and admission only. On Thursday, July 28, senior citizens will be admitted free until 4 p.m.
On Sunday, general admission will be free, though reserved grandstand seats are still honored. The grandstand is where many will gather to watch the parade roll past and see the crowning of the Little Miss, Little Master and the queen.
This year’s fair queen candidates are:
Jacki Byerly, 20, daughter of Jeff and Ruth Byerly of Corydon;
Caitlyn Byrd, 20, daughter of Dennis and Terri Byrd of Corydon;
Madeline Faulkenburg, 17, daughter of Andrea and Chad Faulkenburg of Corydon;
Haley Gilley, 17, daughter of Jeff and Leisha Gilley of New Middletown;
Dallas Hackett, 16, daughter of John and Trina Kost of Corydon;
Katie Hall, 16, daughter of Ryan and Dana Hall of New Salisbury;
Adrienne Henricksen, 18, of Corydon, daughter of Doug Henrickson and Diana Owe;
Gina Jones, 20, daughter of Mark and Melissa Jones of Palmyra;
Megan Leffler, 17, of Corydon, daughter of Kimberly Hall and Paul Leffler;
Amber Molnar, 17, daughter of Jodi and Steve Molnar of Corydon; and
Kaitlan Money, 16, daughter of Angie Money of Corydon.
Judging of the contestants will be tomorrow evening (Thursday) at 6:30 at Lincoln Hills Christian Church. The free event is open to the public.
Other grandstand entertainment for the week includes Demolition Derby mini cars and lawn mower derby on Monday; moto-cross races Tuesday; a country music show starring DeWayne Spaw on Wednesday; the big sedan demo derby Thursday; a truck pull Friday; and a tractor pull the final night.
The fourth annual baby contest will be Friday, July 29, at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Building. A birth certificate is required for registration, which will be contest day from 5 to 5:45 p.m. for boys and 6 to 6:30 p.m. for girls (parents must be residents of Harrison County). The divisions for both boys and girls will be 0 to 5 months, 6 to 11 months, 12 to 17 months and 18 to 24 months. Judging will begin at 6 for boys and at 7 for girls. A trophy will be awarded for first place in each division, and all contestants will receive a bib (0 to 5 months) or a T-shirt (6 to 24 months). The dress code for the competition is casual and play wear. Children will be judged on-site based on apparent good health, charm and personality.
A new attraction this year is Mutton Bustin’, in which children try to ride sheep. That will take place next Wednesday evening in front of the grandstand.
Uhl added, ‘We’ll have some new people in the merchant building. We have a few new rides this year that are supposed to be bigger and better.’
Other events at the fair include:
Monday ‘ pedal tractor pull, 4 p.m.; largest fruit and vegetable weigh-in, 7 p.m.
Thursday ‘ harness races, 1 p.m.; cherry pie contest (with judging to follow), 1 p.m.; dairy cattle show, 6 p.m.; pedal tractor pull, 6 p.m.; Taste of Harrison County (at Yellow Brick Road), 6 p.m.; Buck Mathes look-alike contest, 7:30 p.m.
Friday ‘ harness races, 1 p.m.; mechanical bull rides ($2 each), 5 p.m.; open boer goat show, 6 p.m.;
Saturday ‘ open boer goat show and open rabbit show, 9 a.m.; open poultry show, 10 a.m. (poultry must be checked in by 8 the night before; entry is 75 cents per bird); mechanical bull rides ($2 each), 4 p.m.; open sheep show, 7 p.m.; open swine show, 8:30 p.m.
Threshing demonstrations will be held nightly at 7 throughout the week.
A complete lineup of events can be found in a special pull-out section available in the July 13 edition of The Corydon Democrat or they can be picked up in the office of O’Bannon Publishing Co. at 301 N. Capitol Ave. in downtown Corydon.
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The Indiana Department of Homeland Safety and the Indiana State Police offer several basic safety tips for those attending the county fair. These tips include paying attention to weather forecasts and dressing appropriately, using sunscreen and wearing sunglasses, even on overcast days, drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated on hot days, wearing closed-toe shoes to protect feet, being aware of your surroundings and reporting suspicious people or activities to the proper authorities. Teach children to stay put if separated from caretakers, have an established family plan of a location to meet at if separated, check with county fair organizers for ‘missing parent’ contact tags with a caretaker’s name and cell phone number in case a child is separated, keep a close eye on children and contact local security immediately if a child is separated.
To stay safe on rides, don’t board a ride that has broken parts, signs of improper maintenance or an inattentive operator. Report your observations to the ride operator or call the IDHS amusement ride hotline at 1-888-203-5020. Every ride should have a prominently displayed, current permit issued by IDHS. If the ride has no such permit, call the amusement ride hotline. Follow all posted rules and instructions from the operator and make sure children understand the instructions. Keep all body parts inside the ride at all times, keep long hair pulled back or under a hat and do not ride with children if you do not think they can keep their arms and legs inside the ride. Always obey height, weight and age requirements, use the safety equipment provided, remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop and know your physical conditions and limits. If a ride may aggravate a health condition, do not ride.