Photo by Dan Spalding, Times-Union
Cathy Norris, of Fishers, cleans up one of several concession booths run by Bryan’s Concessions of Argos that will be part of the Kosciusko County Community Fair. The fair starts Sunday. The midway opens at 6 p.m. Monday.
Photo by Dan Spalding, Times-Union Cathy Norris, of Fishers, cleans up one of several concession booths run by Bryan’s Concessions of Argos that will be part of the Kosciusko County Community Fair. The fair starts Sunday. The midway opens at 6 p.m. Monday.

Hog wrestling has been added to the lineup of activities at next week’s Kosciusko County Community Fair.

The added event fills one of two voids left after a temporary injunction halted  motorized racing at the fairgrounds until a lawsuit is settled.

The fair kicks off Sunday with a parade at 3:30 p.m. and then grand-opening events at 6 p.m. at the horse barn.

Organizers scrambled to find replacement activities after a judge approved the injunction on May 16 – eight  weeks before the start of the fair.

“We’re filling (the vacancies), but it’s not going to make us the money that we would have made with the other events,” said Randy Shepherd, a representative of the fair board.

On Wednesday night, supporters of the speedway at the fairgrounds will host a Pit Party on the racetrack to help cover legal costs in the lawsuit, which pits the fair board against residents along Winona Lake who contend the fairgrounds has broken an agreement that ended motorized racing 28 years ago.

The fairgrounds began race activities in 2015 as a source of needed revenue.

The Pit Party is expected to attract longtime drivers and race fans. There is no admission fee, but donations will be sought.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for those 13 and over.





The competition includes teams of three or four people with categories for children, men and women. Rules prohibit grabbing the hog’s legs or ears or any type of abuse to the animal.

Hog wrestling is common at other nearby fairs, including Whitley and Noble counties, but is new to Kosciusko County’s fair this year.

Fair activities kick off at 3:30 p.m. with the annual parade, which begins at Boggs Industrial Park, heads east on Center Street, south on Bronson and then into the fairgrounds.

Sunday night entertainment will be a free gospel concert at the grandstand. Entertainers include The Crace Family, The Dotsons, The Hall Family, The Dares and the Bellies. Pastor Robert and Tanya Brown will participate. A free will offering will be taken.

The midway opens at 6 p.m. Monday.

One significant change is the enhanced smoking ban on the fairgrounds this year.

Organizers had previously banned smoking on the midway, but worked with the Kosciusko County Tobacco Free Coalition to extend it across the entire fairgrounds. The one exception is the campground.

Nightly highlights in the grandstand:

• 7:30 p.m. Monday, Broken Horn Rodeo.

• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,  Monster Truck Mash.

• 5 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Roy Bradbury Memorial Pit Party.

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, hog wrestling.

• 7:30 p.m. Friday, the sixth annual Shaggy Memorial Demolition Derby.

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, a truck show.

• 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, a truck and tractor pull, starts at 4 p.m.

While Sunday is a “free admission” day, regular daily admission for the rest of the week is $5.

However, attendees will no longer be allowed to enter the fairgrounds for free in the morning.

Previously, admission was not charged until after 1 p.m. each day.

Now, admission will be charged beginning at 9 a.m. each day.

Those visiting the fairgrounds just for lunch and who leave by 1:30 p.m. can be reimbursed for the $5 admission, said Jeanette Wood, general manager of the fairgrounds.

Wood said the change was made to generate more revenue and to stop  parents from dropping off their children for long periods of time.

The fair’s theme this year is “Barn 2 B Wild.”