The Herald Bulletin

June 26, 2013

Summitville Country Fair kicks off today

Fair opens with grand parade

By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin

SUMMITVILLE, Ind. — Maybe you go for the rides, or maybe it’s the corndogs, or perhaps it’s even just to visit with friends. At the Summitville Country Fair, organizers hope to bring people together for a good time.

Hosted by the Summitville Main Street Organization, the fourth annual Summitville Country Fair kicks off today with a downtown parade at 6 p.m. Activity booths open at 5:30 p.m.

Coordinator Dee Amos said the organization has seen attendance range from 1,300 to 1,700, and with last year’s drought in the past, she feels “pretty good about this year.”

”So far we’ve done pretty good, but we couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors and without the support of the community,” she said.

Popular events include hog wrestling, the pet parade and, perhaps what the Summitville Country Fair is most well-known for, truck pulls.

Amos said the ATV, snowmobile, golf cart and even kiddie drags (think the battery powered jeeps kids drive) added last year were also “big hits.”

Of course, there will also be rides provided by family owned Funtime Carnival of Cincinnati, Ohio.

And this year the Main Street Organization is adding random prize drawings along with “It’s Princess Time,” where “the little princesses can come meet the big princess and have story time,” Amos said.

Organization member Cathy Blalock said they wanted to “try to involve more kids this year.”

“We want to grow every year,” she added.

Lions Club members started the Summitville Country Fair, Amos said. When they disbanded 15 years ago, she added, the fair ceased until a small group got together and gave it a try. The Summitville Main Street Organization took it over in 2010.

Amos said the fair costs about $10,000 and that it’s only possible through sponsors such as MacAllister Agriculture Division and R&R Engineering Co.

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