Henry County Harvest Showcase

Henry County farm show
to highlight area Agriculture

Funky Chicken Contest added to festivities

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (July 2014) – Got a chicken that likes dressing up? Maybe having his picture taken while surrounded by onlookers? Then the 15th annual Henry County Harvest Showcase on Saturday, July 26, is looking for you and your feathered friends to compete in this year’s Funky Chicken Contest.

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The Funky Chicken Contest should add some excitement to this year’s Showcase in New Castle, Ky.

“This will be the second year for this contest,” said Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent. “There will be an open division for hens and roosters and a 12-and-under open division. Prize monies will be award in each division.”
Since the idea of raising chickens seems to be on the rise, Brent said this will be “a fun way to bring people to the Showcase. It’s not necessarily a competition like you would see at the fair.” The object is for people to have fun, not to be stressed by competing for the top prize.
Last year, approximately 30 hens and roosters were entered in this contest. The Eminence Rotary Club judges the winning poultry, with judging beginning at 11 a.m. on July 26.
Brent suggested being as creative as possible. “You can dye their feathers, or decorate a rooster to look like Elvis.”
This contest is sponsored by Rick’s Farm Center, located in Port Royal, Ky. It carries a great selection of agricultural-related products, said Brent.
The Funky Chicken contest will be part of this year’s Showcase. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 421.
The Showcase has become a unique way to celebrating the county’s rural heritage. It is a day filled with farm-related activities and community participation as well as many out-of-town visitors.
A special Kentucky Humanities Council-sponsored  Kentucky Chautau-qua performance of Mark Twain will take place at 12:15 p.m. under the Big Tent, said Brent.
“Because this is our 15th year, we wanted to do something special.”
Even though Twain has no ties to Henry County, Brent said Twain was chosen because “the Showcase is all about promoting locally grown food and hand-made crafts. Twain captures that local storytelling culture indicative of a community like ours.”
The day will kick off at 7 a.m. with a live broadcast from WHAS-TV meteorologist Reed Yadon. This will be followed at 7:30 a.m. by a breakfast of country ham and fresh eggs provided by the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Day-long activities include a petting barn and livestock exhibit in the Ag Arena, kids’ games and hayrides by the Future Farmers of American at the 4-H Building, horseshoeing demonstration by Mike Ratcliff at 10 a.m., Celebrity Milking Compe-tition, Parade of Tractors at 2 p.m., antique tractor pull at 4 p.m. and lunch at the Farmers Market featuring locally prepared vegetables, meats and barbecue.
Musical entertainment includes the Henry County High School Band, Music ‘n a Box with special guest Patrick Henry Hughes, Eminence Singers and Ye Merrie Melodious Dulcimers.

• For more information, contact Maryellen Garrison at (502) 845-2811.

A return favorite from last year will be Turkey Run Farms with their herding and agility demonstrations in the Horse Ring. Adriana and Robert Plum will show off their Australian Shepherds at 10 a.m.
There will be an all-day Antique Tractor Show with three categories of farm equipment: oldest farm tractor, oldest farm implement and oldest small (walk-behind or stationary) engine. There is no entry fee, but monetary prizes for the antique farm equipment includes $50 for oldest, $30 for second oldest and $20 for third oldest.
All equipment is to be brought to the fairgrounds on Friday, July 25, or before 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26. Judging will be held at noon, with prize money award at 12:30 p.m. on July 26.
The Showcase will be a day filled with fun family-friendly activities and lots of farm-related learning opportunities.

• For more information, contact Maryellen Garrison at (502) 845-2811 or Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent at (502) 845-5707 or visit: www.HenryCountygov.com/showcase.

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