153rd county fair to start this Sunday
Indiana’s longest consecutive-running county fair will put another notch in the streak Sunday.
The 153rd annual Harrison County Fair will begin Sunday with a slew of popular opening day events, including the Harrison County FFA Chapter Pedal Tractor Pull at 4 p.m.; the annual parade at 7 p.m.; Little Miss and Master pageant, also at 7, at the grandstand; and the queen contest, which will follow the conclusion of the parade.
Judging for the queen contest will take place tomorrow night (Thursday) at 6:30 at Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon. Admission is free.
Last year’s queen, Caitlyn Byrd, will hand over the Miss Harrison County title to one of 14 contestants. This year’s entrants are (in alphabetical order): Regan Bush, 18, daughter of Tammy Payne and Don Bush; Jennifer Daugherty, 16, daughter of Brian and Stephanie Jones; Caryn Eisert, 17, daughter of Larry and Pam Eisert; Madeline Faulkenburg, 18, daughter of Andrea and Chad Faulkenburg; Hillary Fonda, 19, daughter of Mark and Jeanine Fonda; Callie Franks, 19, daughter of Robert and Tamara Franks; Katerina Hedden, 16, daughter of Craig and Theresa Hedden; Aly Kintner, 17, daughter of Elizabeth Eason and Tom Kintner; Katherine Lyell, 18, daughter of Gena and Reggie Lyell; Kristin Miller, 18, daughter of Marla and John Miller; Kaitlan Money, 17, daughter of Angie and Jeff Money; Hannah Raake, 19, daughter of Pam and Paul Raake; Emily Schroeder, 16, daughter of Sharon and Danny Schroeder; and Abbigail Uhl, 20, daughter of Todd and Lisa Uhl.
For those who want a taste of fair food before the parade, the Opening Day Dinner ‘ catered by L & S Catering ‘ will be served Sunday from 4 to 6:30, offering pork burgers or smoke pulled pork barbecue dinners for $6 or a butterfly pork chop dinner for $7. All dinners include two sides, drink and a cookie.
The last day of the fair will be Saturday, Aug. 4.
Admission to the fair remains at $8, which in-cludes parking, admission to the grandstand (excluding box seats) and unlimited rides. Senior citizens (62 and older) can purchase a week-long pass for $15, which includes admission and parking only.
The Harrison County Fair grandstand will offer something for everyone nearly each night of the week.
On Monday at 7:30, T.E. Promotions will present the mini-car demolition derby and lawn mower derby; on Tuesday at 7:30 will be motocross races; on Wed-nesday at 7:30 will be TQ midget and quad racing; on Thursday at 7:30 it’s the big-car demo derby and rollover contest; Friday at 7 is the truck pull; and Saturday at 6 will be the tractor pull.
The TQ midgets will race on a dirt track in the infield.
The Taste of Harrison County is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yellow Brick Road, and the fifth annual baby contest will be take place Friday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. in the 4-H building.
Mechanical bull rides will be offered again this year, from Thursday, Aug. 2, to Saturday, Aug. 4, with a $2 charge per ride.
On Thursday and Friday during fair week, the longest running tradition of the fair, the harness races, will take place, with four races scheduled daily. Post time both days will be 1 p.m.
The apple pie contest and auction will also take place Thursday, Aug. 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Homecomers Hall.
An exotic animal show, by Steve Haggard, will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. From 8 to 11 p.m. that day, the band Cold Friday will perform in the 4-H building.
Also each night, music will be played between the 4-H barn and the spring that runs next to the fairgrounds.
‘We’ll have picnic tables and a tent set up over there, and people can sit down, relax, eat, listen to music or whatever,’ Jim Cavins, treasurer of the Harrison County Agriculture Society, producer of the fair, said. ‘We think it will be a nice gathering spot for people.’
The 4-H fair will run from July 27 to Aug. 1. Livestock will be on display July 28 through Aug. 1, when the auction will be held.
After last year’s deadly stage collapse during a concert by country duo Sugarland at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, county fairs are taking a closer look at their own entertainment venues to make sure they are safe.
Harrison County is no different.
The fair board has requested financial help from the county to help pay for an inspection of the grandstand, which was moved from Parkway Field in Louisville and put in place here in the fall of 1961 after a fire destroyed the original wooden grandstand in February of the same year.
‘With the money we’ve requested, we’re actually seeking help for all of our buildings, which are really showing signs of their age,’ Cavins said. ‘But the grandstand structure would be our focus. We’ve had a number of people look at the grandstand and tell us it’s safe and that the structure itself looks great, but we’d like to get an infrared reading to check the beams underground to see how they look as well.’
Cavins said much of what people see in the way of rust is merely cosmetic, and the structural integrity shouldn’t be of concern.
‘We could definitely make it look a lot better and would like to do that and make it look nice, but there’s no need to invest money in it if we find out there are some concerns in what we can’t see,’ he said. ‘That’s why we’d rather have a thorough inspection just to make sure.’