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Despite heat and rain, fair delivered

Despite heat and rain, fair delivered
Despite heat and rain, fair delivered
Miss Harrison County Madison Summers lines up winners of the Little Miss and Master contest last Wednesday evening for an official picture. They are, from left, second runner-up Remington Foreman, first runner-up Savannah English, Little Miss Lexie Mueller, Little Master Zachary Gettlefinger, first runner-up Ruger Roberts and second runner-up Jaxon Harbeson. Photos by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

For the second consecutive year, the Harrison County Fair has taken place in June, about a month earlier than previous years.
However, the start of this year’s fair, which ran June 17 through 23, resembled July weather with hot and humid days and evenings.
‘All in all, we had a good week,’ John Kost, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, the group that puts on the week-long event, said, despite ‘really hot’ weather the first three days.
Rain moved in for much of the rest of the week, creating delays for some events, including Friday night’s grandstand show, the truck and tractor pull.
‘It started about 1-1/2 hours late due to rain,’ Kost said.
The pull concluded about 2 the next morning.
The big draw of the week again this year was the Monster Truck show, which took place Saturday evening. While attendance for the event may not have been quite as good as last year’s inaugural event for the Harrison County Fair, Kost said the promoters of the show had added to it and ‘kept it flowing’ a bit better than last year.
Kissel Entertainment, the company that furnishes the Midway, provided even more rides than the contract with the ag society called for, creating a top-notch area for a county fair.
‘They re-arranged and re-designed the area and decided to bring in more rides,’ Kost said. ‘Alter Ego, Kissel’s newest ride, was a big hit. People loved it.’
With the relocation of the Ferris wheel near the Talmage C. Windell Memorial Agriculture Building, Kost said the look of the Midway was changed, creating an ‘entrance’ feel to the area set up behind the grandstand.
‘The Midway was nice and clean,’ Kost said.
Rain showers in the county on Wednesday kept attendance down for a concert by the Juice Box Heroes. However, Kost said those who attended had a great time.
‘I personally would like to see the concert come back,’ Kost said. ‘It was a lot of fun.’
Despite the warm temperatures and rain, Kost said every scheduled event took place.
‘As far as I know, we didn’t miss anything,’ he said.
The Tuesday night version of the truck and tractor pull was a return of the ‘old’ pulls, Kost said. ‘People were really happy with how that turned out,’ he said.
Of the week, Kost said, ‘Overall, it was really a good week.’
Next year’s county fair will be about the same time because of the ag society’s contract with Kissel Entertainment. This was the second year of a five-year contract.
‘We’re going to tweak a couple of things for next year,’ Kost said of the fair, which will celebrate 160 consecutive years.
Also, the fair board is trying to work with other organizations, including 4-H and the Cattleman’s Association.
‘It takes the whole community to put on the fair and do it right,’ he said.
Results from various contests and events at the fair will begin to be published starting next week.