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The Harmony Labor Day Free Fair opens Friday, September 2nd with four days of fun for young and old, including the return of the Horse Show, an agricultural contest for kids with thirty bicycles as prizes, and higher premiums for several competitions, including the Exhibition Hall.
One event this year with higher premiums is the Farmers Oxen and Draft Horse Event. It includes a kids event where $100 is split between participants under sixteen years of age.
Premiums at the Exhibition Hall, including best of show, have been increased this year. Two new categories - Scarecrows and a mini hay sculpture contest - have been added. Information on all the events is available in the Fair’s premium book and on their website: www.harmonyfreefair.org.
The Fair will give away 30 bicycles to children aged 5 to 14 who enter an Agricultural Contest. Entries can be made at the prize ticket booth anytime during the Fair, and the child must be present on Monday, September 5th at 3:15 PM when the drawing takes place.
While at the prize ticket booth, fair goers can purchase tickets for drawings held at the end of the Fair. The grand prize is a Husqvarna 450 chain saw donated by Morrison Forest Products, Inc. Additionally, a $100 cash prize will be drawn, as well as a wide variety of products and services donated by local merchants and individuals. Over fifty prizes will be available to ticket holders, who need not be present to win.
After a brief hiatus, the popular Horse Show is back on Monday, August 5th. Bleacher seating offers spectators an opportunity to see all the action as riders compete for higher prizes. The Horse Show has been a tradition since the Harmony Fair’s beginning.
All the musical performances at the Fair are entirely free. This year, seven musical groups are scheduled to perform over the holiday weekend. The Friday Night Jammers will be back on Friday, September 2nd, followed on Saturday, September 3rd by Bob Elston’s Road Rangers with Marlene Carpenter, Keagan Page, and Sons of Be’s. Sunday, September 4th schedule includes, Wildwood, EP Rock, and Sharon Hood and Dixon Road. Both Sunday, September 4th and Monday, September 5th, Conjuring Carroll and Maine-ly Balloons will offer lots of fun for kids. Monday’s entertainment on the main stage features the Half Moon Jug Band and Steve Corning. A Talent Show at 5 PM on Monday offers $500 in cash prizes awarded by a panel of judges in multiple categories.
The Fair will offer educational presentations. Anyone interested in doing a talk or demonstration on an agricultural topic can contact Patriarchs Club President Jeff Chadbourne at 683-5873 or via the Harmony Free Fair’s Facebook page. Kavanaugh Amusements midway will welcome fair attendees Friday evening and operate all through the Fair. Again this year, a ride mega-bracelet good for all four days of the Fair will be offered for $35, the same price as the previous year. Single day bracelets will also be available.
The Harmony Patriarchs Club, which puts on the Fair, sponsors scholarships for students continuing their education beyond high school and helps fund school field trips by paying for fuel. The Patriarchs Club and the Community Center invested 2015 proceeds in fencing for the baseball field.
The Harmony Labor Day Free Fair offers something for everyone, from a truck pull Friday evening to a demolition derby on Saturday to a youth livestock show to games and contests to an Exhibition Hall full of local crafts and produce. One thing that does not change from year to year is the friendly old-fashioned down-home atmosphere, only slightly tempered by modern regulations. Fair organizers state that, for the health and safety of all, four-legged friends must be left at home. Service animals are the only non-exhibit animals allowed on the fairgrounds. And, of course, alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the fairgrounds. The fair will be located at 1 Fairway Lane in Harmony.