Fair-goers sense ‘normalcy’
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Despite three nights of rain and looming storms throughout the week, the Harrison County Fair persevered for its 162nd consecutive annual event from June 6 to 12.
Doug Henricksen, treasurer of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, which puts on the fair, noted the number of attendees each day was similar to years prior to 2020. With events later in the week like a local school bands music showcase and a second night for demolition derbies and a truck and tractor pull, the community came out to enjoy a weekend of events.
“I probably talked to hundreds of people attending the fair over the week, and it just seemed like everyone was excited to get back to some sense of normalcy and were just happy to be back at the fair,” Henricksen said.
Last year’s fair was shortened to three days in late September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Henricksen said it is really important to the fair board to showcase the talent in Harrison County, so he was pleased with the karaoke contest and the local music showcase events that took place last week.
“I’d love to get more people or groups involved in some shows and maybe do a double lineup on some nights with different acts,” he said. “I think that could be great.”
Three schools — Corydon Central, Lanesville and North Harrison — participated in the music showcase; each received a trophy.
Winning the adult division of the karaoke contest, hosted by Josh Walker of Nfinite Sounds, was Shawn Cassidy of Tell City. James Walker of Louisville finished second, and Savannah Cook of Louisville was third. Two people — Colton Sieberns of Corydon and Aaron West of Mauckport — were awarded honorable mentions. There was only one entry in the youth division, but the Tell City lad ended up not singing due to his song request not being available in a version he was familiar with.
Both the karaoke contest and local school bands music showcase were moved from the grandstand to indoors of the Talmadge C. Windell Memorial Agriculure Building due to the possiblity of inclimate weather.
The only grandstand event canceled was Tuesday night’s truck and tractor pull. Some who had planned to compete that night were able to be part of the track and tractor pull on Saturday.
On top of adding more local talent to the lineup, Henricksen said the board intends to reach out to the amusement ride company, Brady Amusements, and hopefully arrange to have more Midway rides available for next year.
Winning this year’s pie contest, which had 13 entries, was Marcia Dodge. Ilene Fisher’s pie was second, and Jan Woertz’s was third.
Henricksen said that because the fair is an event that celebrates the Harrison County community and residents, the board is always accepting feedback and encourages more people to join the Harrison County Agricultural Society.
“I’d love for anyone who enjoys the fair to communicate more with the board on what they want to see in coming years,” Henricksen said. “Communication is a great resource for all of us, and, since it is the county fair I would love to hear what our residents want to see more or less of each day when they come to visit.”
He said the best way to do that is to get involved in the agricultural society, which is a $25 annual membership. All information — including a membership and volunteer form, board member names and contact information, fair information and fair department superintendents — can be found online at harrisoncountyfair.com. Members receive general admission to the fair with their membership fee.
Henricksen noted the board has yet to determine the dates for next year’s fair but hopes for it to be a little later in June than this year’s event.