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154th Harrison County Fair begins Sunday

July 10, 2013
The annual Harrison County Agricultural Fair will begin Sunday and continue through Saturday, July 20, at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon.

The fair is always expected to be a thrilling week, and this year will be particularly exciting for Harrison County students because it will be among their last days of summer vacation before returning to class.

This year will mark the fair's 154th consecutive year of the event, dating all the way to September 1860, which makes it the longest running fair in Indiana. Here are some highlights of the fair's past:

1866 — Admission to the fair was 25 cents per person

1906 — The first automobile, an air-cooled Richmond, was driven to the fair

1916 — A lunch stand sold fish sandwiches for 10 cents each

1917 — The Ferris Wheel was added

1929 — The queen contest was added, the same year of the stock market crash

1952 — Wrestling matches were held as Friday night's main event

1972 — Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed

1976 — The first tractor/truck pull was held

1995 — Monster trucks were the grandstand show on Friday night

For this year's fair, the gates will open at 4 p.m. during the week. Admission will be free on opening day. Starting Monday, you will have to pay $8 for admission, which will include parking, all rides and general admission to the grandstand. Senior citizens, age 62 or older, can buy a week-long pass for $15 that includes admission and parking only.

On Sunday, the fair will host a chain of popular events starting with the pedal tractor pull at 4 p.m. along with the Opening Day Pork Dinner, catered by L & S Catering, with serving from 4 to 7 p.m. You have the choice of a pork burger or smoked pulled pork barbecue dinner for $6 or a butterfly pork chop dinner for $7. Each dinner will include two sides, a drink and cookie.

At 7 p.m., the annual fair parade will make its way through downtown Corydon with antique cars, floats, farm equipment, etc. There will also be the Little Miss and Little Master crowning. The crowning of the Harrison County Queen will follow the parade. Fair queen judging will be tomorrow (Thursday) at Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon; admission is free, and the judging is open to the public.

Each evening of fair week, the grandstand will host a main event. There will be motocross races at 7:30 on Monday; midget car racing on Tuesday at 7:30; demolition derby mini cars and lawn mower derby on Wednesday at 7:30; the big sedan demo derby and mini car rollover on Thursday at 7:30; the truck pull on Friday at 7; and the tractor pull the last night of the fair at 6.

The midway rides and attractions will be provided by Carnival Tyme Amusements. Midway rides will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the last day of the fair, the rides will open at 4 p.m. and close at midnight.

Mechanical bull rides will be available for $2 a ride on Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. and on Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

The Yellow Brick Road (farm and small animals on display) will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. each day during the fair. Taste of Harrison County is set for Thursday at the Yellow Brick Road. There, visitors can sample different foods that are prepared by local Harrison County producers. All samples are free.

On Thursday and Friday next week, the Harness Races will be free to the public and will have four races scheduled both days beginning at 1 p.m.

The Harrison County Extension Homemakers will sponsor the biggest fruit-vegetable contest and the homemade peach pie contest. The weigh-in for the largest fruit and vegetable contest, at Homecomers Hall, will be Monday at 7 p.m. The pie contest judging will be Thursday at 1 p.m.; an auction of the pies will follow with proceeds funding scholarships in the Extension Homemakers program.

The sixth annual Harrison County Fair Baby Contest will be Friday at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Building. Boys must register between 5 and 5:30, and girls must register between 6 and 6:30. The children's parents must reside in Harrison County; a birth certificate is required at registration.

For more information or event forms, go online to www.harrisoncountyfair.com.

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