County fair to offer favorites, new events
From debuting a pig-chasing contest, renewing the hog-calling competition, bingo for old-timers and the return of the Power Wheels demolition derby and many other tried-and-true events, the 156th consecutive annual Harrison County Fair is expected to be the place to be with plenty to do between July 12 and 18.
The admission price this year remains $10 and includes parking, general admission to the grandstand and all the rides attendees can handle. Another option is a $25 annual membership to the Harrison County Agricultural Society, which includes free parking, free admission and general admission to the grandstand for the entire week (a savings of $35 if one were to attend the fair each night). The membership does not include rides or reserved grandstand seating.
Those who want to visit the fair to socialize or see the animals can gain free admission before 4 p.m. on weekdays and prior to noon on Saturday.
The fair’s opening day main attraction will be Sunday at 7 p.m. with the parade, which follows North Capitol Avenue south from near the North Bridge to the fairgrounds along South Capitol Avenue. After the parade makes its way to the grandstand, the 2015 Harrison County Fair queen will be named. Practice and judging will take place tonight (Wednesday) at 6 at Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon; it is open to the public.
This year, seven candidates will vie for the crown. They are:
Shelby Blackerby, 17, Lanesville, daughter of Robert and Michelle Blackerby, sponsored by Mickey and Connie Becht;
Kelcie Byrd, 17, Corydon, daughter of Dennis and Terri Byrd, sponsored by Burgher and Burgher Law Office;
Rebekah McCutcheon, 19, Corydon, daughter of Sarah Travis, sponsored by Binkley Farms;
Holly Pittman, 18, Corydon, daughter of Jimmy and Amy Pittman, sponsored by Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation Center ‘ Indian Creek;
Hannah Jo Taylor, 17, Corydon, daughter of Scott and Teresa Taylor, sponsored by Bales Auto Mall, Heart & Soul Florist and Hoehn Farms;
Kennedi Winn, 20, New Salisbury, daughter of Chet and Sharon Winn, sponsored by Stepro’s Garage; and
Madeline Zink, 17, Corydon, daughter of Ron and Jennifer Zink, sponsored by Ron and Jennifer Zink.
In a change from tradition, the Little Miss and Master contest will take place Tuesday night at 7 at the 4-H Building hospitality tent with contestants performing a talent. Deadline for entry is Sunday. Additional details and entry forms can be found online at harrisoncountyfair.com.
Grandstand events this year run the gamut. They are:
Monday ‘ Demo derby mini madness, lawn mower derby, bone stock class (sponsored by Partin’s and Son’s Auto Salvage), Power Wheels Derby for children ages 3 to 9 (sponsored by Cobb Heating & Cooling Inc.), 7:30 p.m.;
Tuesday ‘ Six Shooters Wild West Show (sponsored by Kellum Imprints), 7 p.m., and KOI dirt drag racing (sponsored by Southern Indiana Equipment), 7:30 p.m.;
Wednesday ‘ Old-fashioned hog-callin’ and hog-catchin’ competitions (sponsored by Old Capitol Meat Processing and Wolfe Excavating), 7 p.m.;
Thursday (Old Timer’s Day) ‘ Bingo under the grandstand (sponsored by Kindred and Harrison County Hospital), 11 a.m.; harness racing (free admission), 1 p.m.; big car demo derby (sponsored by Charlie’s Towing) and Power Wheels Derby for children ages 3 to 9 (sponsored by Cobb Heating & Cooling), 7:30 p.m.;
Friday ‘ Harness racing (free admission), 1 p.m.; truck pull (sponsored by NAPA), 7 p.m.; and
Saturday ‘ Tractor pull (sponsored by Lucas Oil), 6 p.m.; Six Shooters Wild West Show (sponsored by Kellum Imprints), 7 p.m.
Some of the other entertainment options (not a full list) include the Paul Smith & Co. Band, which will perform Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the hospitality tent north of the 4-H Building; ultimate video game party and dance bus Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. (until 11 p.m. Saturday); chainsaw artistry by Willy Loper Wednesday through Friday; the seventh annual Harrison County Fair baby contest Friday at 6 p.m.; and the apple pie contest Thursday in Homecomers Hall (entries due between 1 and 2 p.m. followed by judging at 2:30 and the pie auction).
Rides and Midway attractions are by Carnival Tyme Amusements.
The Harrison County 4-H Fair will begin Friday and conclude July 17.
For a complete list of events, pick up a copy of the special fair section that appeared in the July 1 issue of The Corydon Democrat ‘ it is available at the newspaper office and fair office under the grandstand ‘ or call the fair office at 812-738-4261.