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The Harrison County Fair is located in Corydon, Indiana.

The very first Harrison County Fair was held Sept. 11-14, 1860. It has been held in the same location for over 150 years, making it the oldest county fair in the state of Indiana to be held continuously in the same location.

Time Line of the Harrison County Fair

1860: The 1st Harrison County Fair was held in September.

1863: The Battle of Corydon took place on July 9.

1866: Admission to the fair for a single person was 25 cents, two horse vehicle, 25 cents; one horse vehicle, 15 cents; single horse, 10 cents; season ticket, 75 cents.

1871: The Round Hall is built for exhibits.

1884: The 25th Harrison County Fair was held.

1896: A train wreck of two large, worn out locomotives was staged as an added attraction.

1906: The first automobile, an air cooled Richmond, was driven to the fair.

1909: The 50th Annual Harrison County Fair was held and the Homecomers Hall was erected.

1914: With the advent of electric lights the night horse show was held.

1916: A lunch stand sold fish sandwiches for 10 cents each.

1917: The Ferris Wheel arrived for the first time.

1921: Harrison County Agricultural Society purchases 13 additional acres.

Harrison County Fair, Corydon, IN1925: A new feature called the "Gosset's Bucking Ford" was presented by members of the Gosset Circus.

1927: A new grandstand is erected.

1929: The Queen Contest was added to the Harrison County Fair and the Stock Market crashed.

1932: George and Martha Washington were highlights of the Colonial Pageant.

1948:The Fair Board pays off debt.

1952: Wrestling matches drew a huge crowd as Friday's main event.

1955: 15,207 people were admitted to the fair during six days.

1957: The Grand Ole Opry was the largest grandstand feature for the week.

1959: 100th Annual Harrison County Fair was held in August.

1961: The grandstands burn and a new one was erected.

1963: The Re-enactment of the Battle of Corydon Centennial opens the fair.

1966: "Shingdig-Record Review of Stars: A real Go Go Show" was presented Thursday night. The public had the chance to meet and dance with the stars of the popular T.V. show.

1970: Roy Acuff and the Smokey Mountain Boys performed on Friday night.

1971: Jim Curry presented the big ADC Demolition Derby which drew a huge crowd.

1972: Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed at the fair.

1976: The first tractor/truck pull was held at the fair.

1984: The 125th Annual Harrison County Fair was held and the Harrison County Fair Historical Marker was erected at the Fairgrounds.

1993: Premiums in Homecomers Hall were increased to: 1st -$3.00/Blue Ribbon, 2nd -$2.00/Red Ribbon, 3rd -White Ribbon.

1995: Monster Trucks were the grandstand show on Friday night.

1997: The Flood of '97 brought great distress to the Harrison County Fairgrounds.

1998: Gate Admission prices raised to $6.00

2001: Pay One Price Admission was raised to $7.00

2004: New seats were installed on the grandstand.

2008: Corydon and Harrison County celebrate their 200th birthday.

2009: The 150th Annual Harrison County Fair was held.

2013: The 155th Annual Harrison County Fair was held.

2015: The 4-H Livestock Show Pavilion was built.

2016: July 17 at 1:00 PM Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Talmage Windell Memorial Agricultural Building

2017: November 14 at 7:00 PM Annual meeting and elections of the Harrison County Agricultural Society (HCAS)

Information for time line provided by Historical Society of Harrison County and The Corydon Democrat.

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The Harrison County Fair has been held for over 150 years, making it the oldest county fair in the state of Indiana to be continuously held in the same location, the Harrison County Fairgrounds

Contact

  • Harrison County Fair Office Phone
  • (812) 267-7471
    Monday through Friday: 9 AM to 6 PM