Henry County Harvest Showcase

Support for local farmers continues to grow say Showcase exhibitors

Henry County Harvest Showcase

• 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Henry County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 421 in New Castle, Ky.
• Featuring arts and crafts, food, live music, children’s activities, exhibits, demonstrations, tractor display.
• Information:
(502) 845-2811

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (July 2018) – Come one, come all, come hungry! The Henry County Harvest Showcase is celebrating 19 years in existence and going stronger than ever.
After all of these years, it’s still “a free, great event,” said marketing coordinator Jakob Beckley. “It celebrates our county and what we have to offer and promotes our traditions as well.” Beckley is part of a committee that organizes this annual event featuring music, food and fun.
As a junior at Lindsey Wilson College, he is probably the youngest member of the committee. But Beckley, who has also been very active in the local county fair and Relay For Life,  is dedicated to its success and wants others to know what Henry County has to offer. When faced with the chance to help continue the event three years ago, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Like many other locals, Beckley got involved because “it’s a great county event that everybody loves.”
At the time, many of the organizers who had been with the event since the beginning were becoming burnt out. “Several newer people came in and learned their roles, and we had a new, stabilized group to move the event forward,” he said.
The 19th annual Henry County Harvest Showcase is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Henry County Fairgrounds, located on Hwy. 421 between New Castle and Pleasureville. The day will begin bright and early with a live TV broadcast at 7 a.m. with Reed Yadon, WHAS-TV meteorologist. This will be followed by the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Country Ham & Eggs Breakfast, served at 7:30 a.m. for those early morning risers.

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The antique tractor display is a popular feature at the Showcase.

At 9 a.m., things swing into gear with the Henry County Marching Band, the Henry County Farmers Market, the Craft Market and local business displays. The Craft Market features locally made hand crafted products such as jewelry, belts, quilts, brooms and soap. Ongoing activities throughout the day include the petting farm, livestock exhibits and demonstrations, hayrides and children’s activities and games, tours of the KSU Mobile Processing Unit, Kentucky Kate and a Poultry and Rabbit Swap Meet.
A Kid’s Pedal Pull will be held at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each age group.
For the first time, this year’s event will be dedicated in memory of Ronald Rose, a long-time supporter of the Henry County Harvest Showcase, said Beckley. At 9:45 a.m. Music in a Box will perform a tribute to Rose.
Live entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day. The band for the 9:15-9:40 slot has yet to be named, but the following are slated to perform: 9:50 a.m.-10:35 a.m., Ron Rose Band; 10:45-11:15 a.m. County Kickers; 11:15-11:30 a.m. Tractor Parade; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rise Up; 12:40-1:25 p.m. Elizabeth Irvin; and 1:35-2:30 p.m. Against the Grain.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Also scheduled for the day will be a Funky Chicken Contest at 11 a.m. in the Ag Arena and a Celebrity Milking Contest at 2 p.m. For the latter contest, “local “celebrities” like the county judge compete to see who can milk Kentucky Kate the fastest,” said Melissa Blankenship, a member of the committee that organizes the Harvest Showcase.
The Funky Chicken contest began in 2013 at a time when raising chickens became a popular hobby. About 30 hens and roosters were entered that first year wearing their finest outfits and strutting their multicolored feathers. “We will likely have a few different categories for this one,” Blankenship said.
The Antique Farm and Equipment Show that runs throughout the day is always a crowd pleaser, ending with an Antique Tractor Pull at 4 p.m. There are three categories for the show: Oldest Farm Tractor, Oldest Farm Implement (tractor-drawn or tractor powered) and Oldest Small Engine (walk behind or stationary). Prizes awarded in each category include:  $50 for oldest, $30 for second oldest and $20 for third oldest.
The Harvest Showcase has been a staple in Beckley’s community for most of his life. He remembers attending with his grandfather as a child. “It’s a way to showcase our rural community and our pride in our rural community. We’re proud of the things we produce.”
Beckley said that one thing that makes the Harvest Showcase unique is that vendors have to be from Henry County. Everything at the Showcase is from Henry County, including all livestock products and other produce.
“Although some of the vendors are not based in Henry County, the food is. We have to support our local farmers and give them an outlet to support their produce and make money.”
Beginning at 11 a.m., lunch will be served at the Showcase featuring locally grown and prepared meats and produce. Offerings in the past have included barbecue, hamburgers, beef hemp dawgs, crepes, meatloaf burgers, chicken salad sandwiches, ice cream, various desserts and more.
“For many people, they look forward to it every year,” said Beckley. “There are a lot of things people enjoy about it.”

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