(Aurora, Ind.) - Rain held off for most of the opening night of the Aurora Farmers Fair.
The 103rd annual street festival – one of Indiana’s oldest – runs until Saturday night, October 1 in downtown Aurora. It is organized by dozens of volunteers with the Aurora Lions Club.
“Aurora River Memories” is the theme of this year’s fair, celebrating the city’s importance as an Ohio River port in the 1800’s and early 1900’s, and the various floods that have claimed the downtown area.
The fair signals a homecoming for many Aurora natives who have moved from the area. Even those Aurorans who can’t make it back to town usually check in by viewing the webcams mounted around the fair, www.aurorafarmersfair.org/farmersfairwebcam.php.
Hundreds of fairgoers made their way downtown Wednesday to see the opening festivities, which included performances by show choirs from Lawrenceburg, South Ripley, and South Dearborn high schools, as well as South Dearborn Middle School.
Eighteen young people from area high schools were vying for the Farmers Fair homecoming court.
After a series of rigorous interviews and boasting their volunteer efforts, the royalty was announced. Queen honors went to Switzerland County High School's Kelly Jo Kincaid. South Dearborn senior Brad Moorhead was named Farmers Fair King.
Queen runner-up was South Dearborn’s Becca Hyde and king runner-up was Spencer Huffmeyer of Jac-Cen-Del.
Farmers Fair festivities continue Thursday evening with a special ceremony to honor six local World War II veterans on the main stage at 6:30, followed by the presentation of this year’s grand marshalls Bobby and Tessie Lischkge, the namesakes of local business Lischkge Motors. The midway is open 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Friday’s schedule of events begins when the midway opens at noon and stays in action until 11:00 p.m. Entertainment includes the popular pet parade at 2:15 and the diaper derby at stage II at 4:00.
The Friday music lineup will be busy. On Stage I, Ooh La La and the Greasers play at 6:30 followed by The Van Dells at 8:00. Stage II entertainment includes Brooke Roe at 2:30 and 6:30, then local country band Ridge Runner at 7:00.
Arguably the fair’s most popular event is the massive street parade – expected to last two hours, if not longer – on Saturday morning beginning at 9:30. Parade participants must register with the Aurora Farmers Fair office at the Lions Club Building by noon Friday. Prizes will be awarded for some of the best floats and antique vehicles in the parade.
The midway opens from noon to 10:00 p.m. Saturday. $15 wristbands for unlimited rides can be had from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Music emanates from the fair’s two stages throughout the day Saturday. Local rockers The Skallywags are on Stage I at 12:15. Linda Lee plays at 6:00 before new country group The McClymonts hits the stage at 7:00. Former American Idol contestant and country artist Josh Gracin headlines the Saturday entertainment when he goes on the main stage at 8:15.
Stage II entertainment on Saturday includes Caitlyn Whitaker, DJ Adkins, Brooke Roe, Linda Lee, Kristen Elliott, and Adamd Calvert and Simba.
Full and complete details of the 103rd Aurora Farmers Fair can be found at www.aurorafarmersfair.org.