Fair to feature ‘community’
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
The 162nd consecutive annual Harrison County Agricultural Fair will begin Sunday and continue through Saturday, June 12, at the fairgrounds in Corydon.
The main attractions will include demolition derbies on Monday and Friday nights, a karaoke contest and dance party on Wednesday and a local school bands music showcase on Thursday.
John Kost, president of the Harrison County fair board, said he is excited to start to see things begin to get back to normal after COVID-19. He said the main goal of the fair this year is to see the community come together and celebrate all they have been through this past year.
“We are really trying to highlight our local community this year by featuring events and shows that are put on completely by those who live in our county,” Kost said. “So many organizations have come together to make events happen this year, and it is awesome to see everyone work to build a better family-friendly community.”
The karaoke contest and dance party is an event Kost is excited to bring back from past shows that haven’t been around for awhile. He said without many music acts touring or putting on shows this year, this is a great way to get the community involved.
He also noted he is pleased they are able to offer the local school bands music showcase, with musical performances from each of the local high schools.
“With COVID this year, a lot of parents and the community weren’t able to see our local bands perform because of restrictions,” Kost said. “This event will be a great way for the students to showcase their talents and perform in front of a crowd. It will, for sure, be a good time.”
The Miss Harrison County queen contest judging will take place Saturday at 7 p.m., and the winner will be crowned Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand.
Erika Corbin, a 2021 graduate of North Harrison High School, daughter of Kathy Corbin and Anthony Corbin;
Lydia Coyle, who recently completed her freshman year at Olivet Nazarene University, daughter of Jonathan and Michele Coyle; and
Blaine Whittaker, who will be a senior at North Harrison High School, daughter of Clay Whittaker and Jalyna Whittaker.
Preceding the queen contest Sunday will be the crowning of the Little Miss and Little Master, at 6:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand, and the annual fair parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. near the north bridge and continue south on Capitol Avenue to the fairgrounds.
With the recent renovations to Homecomers Hall at the fairgrounds, Kost said he is excited they will be able to showcase what has been done. He said that the building still needs to have new flooring put in and there is a bit of work left, but the structure itself is complete.
The county Extension Homemakers will be able to set up in the hall and will have all of the open-class entries displayed there.
Donations will be accepted that will go toward the renovation project at Homecomers Hall. Kost said if they receive enough donations, they will put it toward their next project: renovating the grandstand.
Free parking and general admission for the entire week is offered to those who purchase a $25 Harrison County Agricultural Society annual membership. Otherwise, a daily admission that includes all rides, parking and general admission to the grandstand is $10 daily beginning at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Those 29 inches and under are free of charge to enter the fair.