Week-long county fair to return
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
It’s only been about eight months since the Harrison County Agricultural Society put on its annual county fair. However, the 2020 version spanned a late September weekend after the COVID-19 pandemic nixed the traditional week-long event in June.
Now, the all-volunteer fair board is making last-minute preparations for its 162nd consecutive fair scheduled for June 6 to 12. This is two weeks earlier than the most recent full fairs.
At the fair board’s meeting last Wednesday evening, several entities were represented to ensure they would have what they needed for the fair as well as seeing what else, if anything, the board needed from them.
One group was the county Extension Homemakers, which will have all of the open-class entries displayed in the recently renovated Homecomers Hall.
“Hopefully, the building will be done for us,” said Carolyn Beanblossom, president of the county’s Homemakers association. “We’re going to do everything in that building this year.”
For the past several years, some exhibits were housed in the Talmage C. Windell Memorial Agriculture Building with the rest in Homecomers Hall.
“We don’t have the women power to man both buildings this year,” Beanblossom said.
Because the interior of Homecomers Hall won’t be complete by the start of the fair, portable shelving was discussed.
“I don’t know what we can come up with this short notice,” said John Kost, president of the fair board. “I’m not going to guarantee nothing.”
A representative of the Boy Scouts asked what times gate admission would start, to which he was told 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
The man noted he would have several adults assisting the Scouts with parking and working the gates.
Because of the earlier start date, 4-H livestock won’t be at the county fair. Instead, Amanda Uhl said all livestock must be checked in on Sunday, June 13, with various shows during the week. Then, animals can leave the fairgrounds after their respective shows, except for those to be sold at the livestock auction.
4-H exhibit entries will be available for viewing daily during the county fair.
The fair board will host open class shows for swine, beef and sheep June 6 to 12.
Sheriff Nick Smith touched base with the fair board to confirm the department’s involvement during fair week.
While not all details are finalized for the fair, some tried and true events will take place.
One such event is the annual queen contest. Contestants, who must be a Harrison County resident for at least 120 days and be between the ages of 16 and 21 (those who are 21 will be ineligible to compete at the Indiana State Fair if they win the county fair due to the age limit) are being sought.
There will be two mandatory meetings for contestants: Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the Windell building.
Preliminary judging will take place Sunday, June 6, at the Harrison County – Purdue Extension Office in Corydon. The queen will be announced that evening following the fair parade, which will start at 7 p.m. The route will be the same as past years: from north of the bridge on Capitol Avenue traveling south to the fairgrounds.
The complete rules and regulations, as well as the entry form, can be found online at http://www.harrisoncountyfair.com/forms/queen-rules-2021.pdf. Entry forms must be post-dated by tomorrow (Thursday) and mailed to Adrienne Rosbottom and Emily Fleace at P.O. Box 84, Corydon, IN 47112.
Boys and girls, ages 4 and 5 on June 1, 2021, are invited to participate in the annual Little Miss and Little Master contest. Entry forms, available online, must be postmarked by May 31 or submitted online by June 2.
For more information, contact Rosbottom at the above phone number or email address.
Look for the annual fair insert in next week’s Corydon Democrat and Clarion News. A preview story about the fair will follow in the June 2 issue of this newspaper.