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Lowered prices part of SummerFest

The Harrison County SummerFest, formerly known as Cockadoodle Days a few years ago, will be back at the fairgrounds in Corydon starting at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing on Saturday. The festival, presented by Lucas Oil Products Inc., will close at midnight both days.
Festival chairman Donn Blank has worked with eight to 10 others on a committee to put SummerFest together. Blank, now in his 11th year on the committee and ninth as chair, said about 3,000 to 5,000 people attend SummerFest.
‘I always look forward to SummerFest, and I hope that everyone will enjoy it this year just as they did last year,’ he said.
Blank said that they plan on having more than 50 arts, crafts and food booths this year. The booths will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
SummerFest usually has a variety of activities for its attendees. One attraction is the Kids Zone, which is in response to that first year when there were complaints about nothing for children to do at the festival.
Blank confirmed that this year they are with a new company that will provide inflatables for the children, including a Giant Monster Truck Slide that towers more than 20 feet, and Safari Adventure.
‘Safari Adventure is full of surprises,’ Blank said. ‘There’s Jurassic teeth pop-ups, a lion tunnel, a fun, large slide, lion seat and a secret cabin. It should be very fun for the children.’
There also will be an Ice Mountain Rock Wall. This 18-foot-tall ‘mountain’ pits two challengers to race to the top.
One other piece of inflatable will be the UFO Laser Unit, designed for all ages. Inside the giant dome-shaped UFO are maze walls to conceal participants, playing as individuals or as teams, from each other. For children’s safety, the floors are not inflated and the walls are not attached to the floors.
‘The inflatable has 800 square feet of laser fun,’ Blank said. ‘Each player wears an official laser tag unit and carries a real laser gun. It’s action-packed.’
Each gun tallies the number of shots fired and tracks how many shots hit the enemies.
The Kids Zone will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. both days. The cost will be $2 a ticket or $5 for unlimited play.
‘We’ve had trouble getting children there in the past and, hopefully, this addition will bring more families and children to the event,’ Blank said.
There will be a silent auction fundraiser open to the bidders from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will go to SummerFest’s benefit child, who, this year, is Aiden Kruer, 4. SummerFest is Harrison County’s largest fundraising festival, Blank said.
Kruer was born March 27, 2009, after an emergency delivery. He had severe oxygen deprivation and now has cerebral palsy and is globally delayed. The Kruer family has had trouble paying medical bills during the years and have fundraised for Aiden since he was very young. His parents, lifelong residents of Harrison County, are nurses at Jewish Hospital in Louisville who love to serve their community. Aiden and his older sister, Avery, attend school at North Harrison.
Another fundraising event is the Uncapped 5K Run/Walk, which will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds. Participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag. There also will be door prizes presented after the race for those who registered (must be present to win). Proceeds from Uncapped also go to the Kruer family.
Blank said more than 75 people have pre-registered this year compared to 10 last year. Last year saw 70 runners/walkers.
‘This is the third year for this event and, based on pre-registrations this year, it will be a huge success,’ Blank said. ‘And folks need to remember if they aren’t a runner, they can walk and be a part of this.’
Blank shared how it is a blessing to raise money for their benefit child.
‘Raising money for our benefit child last year, Braeley England, was truly my favorite part,’ he said. ‘That makes it worthwhile for myself and committee members, no matter what the temperature or weather conditions. And the same will hold true for this year with Aiden Kruer.’
Also returning to SummerFest will be the annual Midwest Region Old Capitol Power Pull at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, featuring some of the nation’s top tractors, trucks and drivers.
There will be Pro Modified 4WD trucks, super farm tractors, super stock diesel trucks, hot farm tractor, pro stock tractors and 4X4 pro stock trucks.
The ticket prices have been dropped to $8 this year with purchase of general admission ticket. Children ages 6 and younger can enjoy the show for free.
Pit passes may be purchased for an additional $10 the day of the pull once a Power Pull ticket has been purchased.
‘Other than this being a great event for our area, they lowered the prices this year to make it affordable for our community and families,’ Blank said. ‘It is exciting to fill the stands for the pull and provide ample opportunity for our community nonprofits to tell their story.’
To register for the Power Pull, visit online at www.propulling.com.
The Point Blank Beer Garden will be available for those 21 and older from 5 p.m. to midnight both Friday and Saturday. There will be live entertainment present.
New this year will be an attempt to provide an air-conditioned atmosphere in the beer garden and moving it indoors.
The Southern Indiana Uncapped event returns for a second year in the beer garden from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission will be $10 ($1 from each admission goes the Kruer family).
‘Last year, it was extremely hot so we decided to add air-conditioning so the beer garden can be more enjoyable than last year,’ Blank said.
A souvenir glass will be included for those who want to sample beer from more than 10 breweries. There also will be home-brewing demonstrations.
At 7 Saturday evening, there will be a cornhole tournament in the beer garden. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
‘Our overall mission of this festival is to provide quality entertainment to our community at affordable prices, to provide a venue for nonprofits to promote their cause and to raise money for a community family/child,’ Blank said. ‘This is made possible because of our sponsors and committee members who contribute countless hours. The festival also provides an opportunity for nonprofit groups to raise money, as we try to use such groups when possible for festival activities.’
For more information about SummerFest or to register for the events, go online to www.harrisoncountysummerfest.com.

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