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The 17th annual Harvest Showcase is set for July 30

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By Maryellen Garrison

Bring the whole family to this event that is free and open to the public at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 30!
The day will open with a live broadcast on WHAS with Reed Yadon and the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast of old ham and fresh farm eggs that starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs until it is gone.
A full locally raised breakfast is available and includes eggs and country ham, biscuits, gravy and a beverage.
The musical entertainment will begin at 9 a.m. with the Henry County High School Band marching through the event.  Music will continue on the main stage until 3 p.m. featuring in order of appearance: Don Edlin, the Light Brigade Quartet, the Eminence Singers, Appalatin, John Gage and Aaron and Adam Biblehouser and Amos Hopkins and Bill Heuglin.
The fun starts at 9 a.m. with a temporary fencing/grazing demo, then from 9 to 10 a.m. the 4-H Livestock Club will have a Showmanship Clinic and Demonstration; from 10 to 11:15 a.m. there will be a Cattle Handling Demonstration with Chris McBurney; from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. there will be a Dog Handling Demonstration with Adriana Plum of Turkey Run Farms; at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., there will be a sheep herding demonstration by Denice Rackley, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. there will be a Beef Health and Management Seminar with Chris McBurney; and at 1:30 p.m. we will have the annual Celebrity Milking Contest with Kentucky Kate.
There will be a petting barn and livestock exhibit at the Ag Arena and kids games by our own Henry County FFA and hayrides around the fairgrounds.  At 10 a.m., we will have a pedal pull for kids with classes for 3-year-olds, 4- and 5-year-olds, 6- and 7-year-olds, and 8- and 9-year-olds with prizes for first, second and third places.
There will be an antique tractor show running all day with a parade of tractors at 12:30 p.m. and at 4 p.m. there will be an antique tractor pull.
And new this year the Henry County Public Library will have Storytime at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and 4-H will have a dog costume contest at 12:15 p.m..
This year we have something new — the “How-to Workshops” that will be held in the 4-H Building.  At 9:30 a.m. we will have Backyard Chickens by Walt Reichert; at 10:30 a.m. Making Your Own Barn Quilts by Joseph Fisher; at 11:30 a.m., a Honey Culinary Workshop by Mary Sheldon; at 12:30 p.m. Beeswax Products by Mary Sheldon; and at 1:30 p.m. a Quilting Workshop by Linda Sanford.
And last but surely not least, be sure to come hungry. Locally provided lunches will be available from the Henry County Cattleman’s Association who are serving burgers and beef brats; the Eminence Rotary Club who will be serving homemade blueberry, strawberry and blackberry ice cream; the Fall City Smokers will have their famous BBQ and beef-hemp brats; Loren Powell will have goat tacos; Sweet ‘n’ Savory will have crepes; Rollin’ Ruby’s will have pork tenderloin sandwiches and veggie sides; and of course the Eminence Pentecostal Ladies will have their yummy baked goods booth!  
And our Henry County Farmers Market will have a great variety of fresh local produce for you to take home to enjoy. There will also be many Henry county farmers, craftspeople, local non-profits and ag business people showcasing their agricultural products from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  And best of all there is admission is charged.