’17 HC Fair features 17 new events
The annual Harrison County Fair will again take place at the same site as it has for the previous 157 years, with all the activities folks have come to expect, from the parade to the demolition derbies and tractor pulls, midway rides and, of course, all the fried food anyone could want.
That’s not to say there won’t be anything new at this year’s fair. One big change is it will kick off with the parade Sunday evening (the 4-H fair will start Saturday), nearly a month earlier than previous years.
The change was made (among other reasons) to continue contracting with Kissel Entertainment, the ride company used last year to rave reviews of fair-goers. The company will provide new rides, more than in 2016.
‘A bigger midway for the thrill seekers,’ Lisa Uhl, social media chair for the Harrison County Agricultural Society, said.
The June date may also limit the heat, which almost always ramped up during fair week in July. However, forecasts show temps reaching the high 80s most of next week, so it will certainly still feel like the Harrison County Fair.
The parade will begin earlier than in the past, at 5:40 p.m., at the conclusion of the first Downhill Dash race that will begin at 5:30 and follow the parade route, allowing plenty of time to finish and crown Miss Harrison County 2017 before the start of the Levi Riggs concert.
Riggs is a country music recording artist from Nashville, Tenn. The concert will take place in the Talmage Windell Memorial Agriculture Building. Tickets will be $10 at the door or they can be purchased in advance at the fair office.
In response to results of a Facebook survey, the fair board has added more music with concerts Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
‘We asked what people wanted and we’ve made some changes, and we’re hopeful it’ll be our best fair yet,’ Uhl said.
The parade theme will be ‘Indiana Popcorn!’ with three $100 prizes for first place plus a trophy and a second-place trophy in each of the following divisions: walking/marching, motorized (float, antique car, vehicles) and animal entries. The grand marshal will be Carl (Buck) Mathes, who will be honored for his many years on the Harrison County Agricultural Society board.
Ticket cost to the fair Monday through Saturday will be $10 each and will include all rides, parking and general admission to the grandstand.
On Saturday night, June 22, the grandstand will feature monster trucks for the first time at the fair, sponsored by Eckart Supply, at 7.
Friday night’s grandstand entertainment will include both truck and tractor pulling.
The fair will feature three new contests: decorative pie pastry, ugly lamp and 2017 Fair photography.
The Decorative Pie Pastry Contest will be a culinary ‘art’ contest, where the pies won’t be cut or tasted. Rather, the beauty of the pie crust and added decorative features will be judged. JayC Plus Food Store is sponsoring the contest with $100 to first place, $50 to second and $25 for third.
‘We hope that prize money will entice bakers to be practicing their pie crusts and exhibit some exquisite pies on Sunday afternoon,’ Uhl said.
Pies will be judged on Sunday afternoon and will be on display all week in Homecomers Hall.
The Ugly Lamp Contest, sponsored by Kiesler Electric LLC, is free to enter. Contestants’ lamps must be in safe, working condition and ugly. They will be entered Saturday night and judged Sunday afternoon and will be on display all week in Homecomers Hall. First place prize is $50, second is $30 and third is $20.
The 2017 Fair Photography Contest will feature 8-by-10-inch photos that must be taken at this year’s fair and entered between Wednesday, June 21, at 5 p.m. and noon Thursday, June 22, at the fair office. The photos will be on display the rest of the fair in Homecomers Hall and will be scanned onto the fair’s Facebook page, Harrison County Fairgrounds Corydon Indiana. They will then be voted for by visitors ‘liking’ the photo. The top three will be chosen by the photos with the most ‘likes’ at noon on Thursday. Prize will be $60 for first, $40 for second and $25 for third. Kim Jones Photography sponsored the contest.
The open class exhibits of textiles and fine arts will have a new home for display in the Talmage Windell Memorial Agriculture Building.
The O’Bannon Free Stage in the TWMA building will host the old favorites of Little Miss and Master and the baby contest but also some new local acts, featuring a young rock band from North Harrison High School, ‘Vinyl Covenant,’ and gospel music by local artist Ryan Lynton on Wednesday night, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources shows on Thursday night and Corydon Central High School’s Shaifer Eastridge in concert Saturday night.
An additional day of bingo with senior citizens was added. Harrison County Hospital will provide prizes for bingo on both Thursday and Friday.
For all fair updates and information, visit the upgraded website, harrisoncountyfair.com.
Uhl said it has all of the entry forms as well as links for each day and a link for the entire week so people can see all of the events in one place, including grandstand entertainment, O’Bannon Free Stage entertainment, FFA, 4-H, Extension Homemakers, harness racing, bingo, pie auction, the great goat race and more.
‘We hope everyone will check out harrisoncountyfair.com,’ she said. ‘It’ll be a year-round source for events at the fairgrounds as well as information about building rental and facilities.’
For more details about events, a special Harrison County Fair section was printed in the June 7 edition of this newspaper.
Visitors also can call Donna Barrow, facility manager, at 812-267-7471 for information about events.