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Fair’s beginning heats up

Fair’s beginning heats up
Fair’s beginning heats up
Kristen Wernert is all smiles after being named the 2022 Harrison County Fair queen Sunday night. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

The Harrison County Fairgrounds began bustling with activity last Tuesday, as 4-H Fair exhibits were checked in that night. Each day since saw an increase of comings and goings as more check-ins followed, judging of exhibits began and livestock shows got underway, all part of the annual 4-H Fair.

Then on Sunday, the Harrison County Agricultural Society’s fair joined the fray. With it came the arrival of heat and humidity, which was expected to remain high at least through today (Wednesday).

Drawing a crowd Sunday evening was the annual fair parade, which made its way south on Capitol Avenue from the YMCA of Harrison County to the fairgrounds.

Josh Walker, who has served as the voice of the fair since 2015, read the information provided by the entrants. He also let them know if they were a trophy recipient.

Fair's beginning heats up
Harrison County Highway Dept. trucks make their way to the grandstand at the fairgrounds in Corydon during the parade Sunday; the artwork on the plows was done by local groups as part of the Paint the Plow project. The entry placed first in the parade’s motorized division. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

In the motorized category, the Harrison County Highway Dept. won first place, with eight trucks featuring painted plows on the front of each one. Groups that painted the plows were Corydon Central Junior High, Corydon Central High, Heth-Washington Elementary, South Central Elementary, New Middletown Elementary, North Harrison Middle and St. John’s Lutheran schools and Old Capitol Preschool.

Second place in the motorized category was the North Harrison FFA float. Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto’s Schalk’s beach-theme entry, complete with a giant beach ball, received honorable mention.

The 4-H Color Guard, with members of the team riding their horses, was first in the animal category, followed by Chuck Edge’s horse-drawn wagon in second.

In the walking division, the Harrison County Substance Abuse Coalition entry, with its human-size “monkey,” placed first. The Corydon Central Vanguard was second, and the North Harrison Marching Cougars were named honorable mention.

The parade was sponsored by Mainstream Fiber Networks and Edward Jones.

After the last parade entry passed the grandstand, attention turned to crowning royalty.

Walker announced the winners of the Little Miss and Master contest. Hadley Pendleton was named Little Miss, while Remington Avery was crowned Little Master. First runners-up were Nevaeh Scott and Kade Pavlik, and second runners-up were Emma Davis and Nolan Thatcher.

Focused then turned to the six young women who had been sitting on the stage since the early beginning of the parade.

Kristen Wernert’s name was called first as Miss Congeniality, which is voted on by the contestants. Little did she know her name would be called again as this year’s fair queen.

Wernert, the daughter of Sallie and Jerry Carter of Corydon, is a 2022 graduate of Corydon Central High School. The 5-foot-4 brunette is a 10-year 4-H member. During those years, she has shown chickens, pigs and meat and dairy goats while also completing exhibit hall projects like tie dye and painting. She also was a member of her school’s FFA club, where she participated on the judging team and worked in the greenhouse; she also participated in two summer classes that included having a booth at the Fred Cammack Corydon Farmers Market. She is employed at St. John’s Lutheran School near Lanesville.

In the fall, Wernert will attend Oakland City University to study Early Childhood Education and will be a member of the Mighty Oaks’ cheer team.

Wernert received her crown from last year’s fair queen, Blaine Whittaker.

Of her duties during the county fair this week, Wernert said she was looking forward to meeting people.

First runner-up is Hannah Uhl, also a 10-year 4-H member. Her parents are Darin and Amanda Uhl of Corydon. She is a 2021 graduate of Corydon Central and completed her freshman year at Ball State University, where she is majoring in sports administration with a minor in marketing.

Second runner-up is Autumn Blackman, daughter of Justin and Amanda Blackman of Elizabeth. She is a 2021 graduate of South Central Junior-Senior High School and Prosser Career Education Center and is studying dental hygiene at the University of Louisville. She has been in 4-H for five years.

Other contestants were MacKenzie Koch, daughter of Ashley Edwards of Palmyra; Emily Cory, daughter of Andrew and Regina Cory of Elizabeth; and Elizabeth (E.V.) Wright, daughter of Martin and Lacy Wright of Palmyra.

The grandstand became a noisier place Monday when the attraction was the demolition derbies. In the lawn mower division, Justin Mattingly went home with first place, while Patrick Rankin did the same in the mini-car division. Garrett Adams took first place in the big-car division.

A new attraction was slated to take place in front of the grandstand last night (Tuesday): micro wrestling.

Plenty of events remain on the schedule through Saturday, the last day of the fair. Grandstand events are: Juice Box Heroes (tonight), truck and tractor pull (tomorrow), second night of demolition derbies (Friday) and Battle of the Bluegrass-sanctioned truck and tractor pull (Saturday).

Beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow and Friday will be harness racing.

Silly Safari will give four performances: at 5:30 and 7 p.m. both today and tomorrow.

Other remaining highlights include:

Today — 4-H Dairy Goat Show, noon; 4-H Large Animal Master Showmanship, 5 p.m.; Open Class Beef Show, 7 p.m.; and Barnyard Olympics, 7 p.m.

Tomorrow — 4-H Small Animal Master Showmanship, 10 a.m.; Peach Pie judging, 1:30 p.m. followed by pie auction; 4-H Awards Ceremony, 3 p.m.; and 4-H Livestock Auction, 6 p.m.

Friday — 4-H Fashion Review, 1 p.m.

Parking is free at the fairgrounds. An admission fee of $10 includes general seating on the grandstand and unlimited rides in the Midway.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or, new this year, online at www.harrisoncountyfair.com.

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