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Fair possibly ‘largest’ in recent history

Fair possibly ‘largest’ in recent history
Fair possibly ‘largest’ in recent history
The Astro wheel is a popular ride in the midway at this year's Harrison County Fair, which concluded Saturday. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

The 157th annual Harrison County Fair may have been the largest in recent history.
‘It’s definitely in the top three,’ C. Todd Uhl, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, said Monday morning while loading up golf carts used at the fairgrounds the previous week to return.
Was it the hottest?
‘It was one of the hottest,’ Uhl replied. ‘What a year to open an air-conditioned building.’
Besides hosting numerous vendor booths, the Talmage Windell Memorial Agriculture Building, which was dedicated July 17, was the site of several events, including the Little Miss and Master and Baby contests.
‘We went the whole week with just a couple of minute problems,’ Uhl said of the building.
One fair-goer pointed out the building does not have automatic door openers.
‘The architect has been emailed,’ Uhl said. ‘We’re taking it seriously and are looking into it.’
However, he said automatic doors are not required on the building and doesn’t know how it would be possible to have them because the building is in a flood plain. (Electrical outlets in the building are several feet from the floor.)
On Monday, the company that installed the doors was at the fairgrounds making adjustments so the doors are easier to open.
The ag society has scheduled an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) audit for September, Uhl said.
One change made for this year’s fair to be more handicap accessible was the removal of the front row of chairs in the grandstand. Uhl said that allowed room for wheelchairs.
A highlight of this year’s fair was the midway.
Uhl said the ride company, Kissel Entertainment, was ‘extremely successful’ and the fair board has received ‘tons of positive feedback.’
Kissel Entertainment will be the ride company again at next year’s fair, which will be July 16 through 22.
About the grandstand events, Uhl said, ‘We evaluate those after each fair. We’re looking at a couple of different shows for Wednesday night.
‘Some events kind of play theirselves out,’ he said. ‘We’ll tweak some things.’
Uhl also noted that the number of 4-H participants appeared to be up this year. (The 4-H Fair coincides with the Harrison County Fair.)
‘It seems like they had some excellent shows,’ he said.
Indiana State Fair board president Bill Leininger, who was in Corydon for the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the Windell building, told Uhl he couldn’t believe the number of livestock the 4-Hers had at the fair.
‘A lot of fairs are dwindling in that area,’ Uhl said. ‘Ours is a credit to lots of volunteers, 4-Hers and their parents.’
With another fair in the books, Uhl said, ‘All in all, I thought it went very well.’

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