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Early start to new, improved fair all set

Like most annual events throughout the Hoosier state in 2016, the Harrison County Fair will be bigger and better for Indiana’s bicentennial.
The 157th consecutive annual Harrison County Fair will feature a new air-conditioned building, the Talmage Windell Memorial Agriculture Building, which will play host to the fair queen preliminary contest on Saturday at 7 p.m.
A welcome change for the fairgrounds, the building also has rest rooms complete with changing stations in both the men’s and women’s rooms.
The building will be officially dedicated Sunday at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public.
‘We’re looking forward to that,’ Todd Uhl, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, sponsor of the fair, said.
The fun will get started a little earlier this year with a grandstand event Saturday night featuring the Tristate Pullers, a garden tractor pull, at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5.
The fair parade will start at 7 p.m. Sunday followed by the crowning of the fair queen at the grandstand. The route for the parade will be from the YMCA of Harrison County south on Capitol Avenue to the fairgrounds.
Admission and parking is free Sunday and will be $10 the remaining days of the fair (Monday through Saturday). The $10 admission includes parking, general admission to the grandstand and all rides.
The rides and midway attractions will be by Kissel Entertainment, the company that usually takes part in the Meade County (Ky.) Fair.
‘We’re tickled to death this week came open for them and we could get them,’ Uhl said. ‘They’re a professional outfit.’
The rides and midway will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and open until midnight on Saturday.
Going along with bicentennial theme, the best demo derby paint job will receive a $100 prize. Also, there will be a Hoosier Sugar Creme Pie Contest as well as a Bicentennial Build Against Hunger Food Drive construction contest.
Fair-goers should look for the ‘head-in-a-hole’ photo areas and the bicentennial corn statues.
‘Each statue has been painted by Harrison County 4-H youth members,’ Rebecca Wilkins, Harrison County 4-H youth development, said.
The statues will be available through a silent auction during the week.
‘Area businesses are encouraged to bid on these works of art and display them throughout the year,’ Wilkins said.
Proceeds from this project will go toward the Harrison County 4-H trips and activities fund. This fund enables the county 4-H Council to send 4-H members on state trips and camps. Bidding will be open during exhibit hall hours beginning on Friday, July 15, at 3 p.m. and will end at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22.
Each night of the fair, $25 will be given away to someone who uploads a photo at one of three ‘head-in-a-hole’ panels on the ‘Harrison County Fairgrounds Corydon Indiana’ Facebook page.
Grandstand entertainment for the week will be: Monday ‘ Demo derby mini Madness, lawn mower derby, Bone Stock Class and Power Wheels derby for children ages 3 to 9 with events beginning at 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday ‘ Six Guns Entertainment Wild West Show at 7 p.m. and Old-Fashioned Hog Callin’ and Hog Catchin’ competitions at 7:30; Wednesday ‘ KOI Dirt Drag Racing at 7 p.m.; Thursday ‘ Free old-timers’ bingo (must be 60 or older) under the grandstand at 11 a.m., harness racing at 1 p.m. (free admission) and Demo derby big car and kids’ Power Wheels derby and Power Wheels derby for children ages 3 to 9 starting at 7:30 p.m.; Friday ‘ Harness racing at 1 p.m. (free admission) and truck pull at 7; Saturday ‘ Six Guns Entertainment Wild West Show at 6 p.m. and tractor pull at 7.
Uhl said a new sound system was installed in the pit area so attendees will be able to hear what’s going on instead of ‘mumbo jumbo.’
Show barn events will be:
Sunday ‘ Open novice dairy female show, 1:30 p.m.; open class novice poultry show, 5 p.m.; open class poultry and cage-decorating contest awards, 5 p.m.
Monday ‘ Open novice rabbit show, 8:30 a.m.; open novice dairy steer show, 11:30 a.m.; open novice beef show, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday ‘ Open dairy cattle show, 10 a.m.; open novice sheep show, 10:30 a.m.; open beef show, 7 p.m.
Wednesday ‘ Open novice dairy goat show, 11:30 a.m.; open novice swine show, 6:30 p.m.
Friday ‘ Open boer goat show, 6 p.m.
Saturday ‘ Open boer goat show, 9 a.m.; open rabbit show, 9 a.m.; open sheep show, 7 p.m.
The 4-H show barns will be full this year, with nearly 400 youth entering competition.
‘We have seen growth in all areas this year,’ Wilkins said. ‘Last year, our 4-H membership was 421 and 88 mini members. That was a 12-percent increase over 2014. This year, we experienced a 4 percent increase and have 439 members and 81 mini members.
‘We have also seen an increase in volunteers and have 144 wonderful adults who help with our 4-H workshops, fair, clubs and other special programs,’ she said.
FFA events in the TWMA building will include:
Sunday ‘ Pedal tractor pull, 4 p.m.
Monday ‘ Pedal tractor pull, 6 p.m.; popcorn tasting and Minute to Win It games, 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday ‘ Chicken theme; 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday ‘ Pork theme with pork tasting, coloring contest and games, 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursday ‘ Pedal tractor pull, 6 p.m.; championship pull, 7 p.m.; beef theme, tasting and games, 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday ‘ Dairy theme, milking demonstrations, butter making and cheese tasting, 6 to 7 p.m.
Saturday ‘ Ag Olympics, 6 p.m.
Other events throughout the week will include the 4-H Color Me Green Dash at 9 a.m. Tuesday; Little Miss & Master Talent Contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the TWMA building; and the baby contest on Friday, July 22, beginning with boys’ judging at 5:30 p.m. in the TWMA building (girls’ judging to follow at 7:15).
Harrison County Homemakers events will include the Biggest Vegetable contest Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Homecomers Hall; children’s coloring contest Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.; and the Peach Pie contest Thursday, July 21, with pies entered from 1 to 2 p.m. and judging at 2:30. The pies will be auctioned off after the judging.
A special section about the Harrison County Fair was included in last week’s Corydon Democrat. Extra copies are available at the newspaper office and will be at the fairgrounds.
Uhl encouraged residents to purchase annual memberships to the Harrison County Agricultural Society for $25, which will get them into the fair each night as well as grandstand privileges. It does not include midway rides. Members also will be able to vote at the annual meeting. Memberships can be purchased at the fair office or online at www.harrisoncountyfair.com.
‘We’re sure looking forward to another good year,’ Uhl said.

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