Roadwork which has shut down the northbound lanes on U.S. Highway 31 through nearly all of Scottsburg has caused members of the Scott County Fair Board to change the route of the 2016 “Come to the Fair” parade on Sunday afternoon, July 10.
Parade Chairman Cody Smith apologized for late notification of the parade route change.
“But we felt it was necessary since the contractor for the U.S. 31 work cannot guarantee all of the highway's lanes will be open in time for the fair parade. We want this to be a fun event for all, but we especially want it to be safe for all, too,” Smith stated.
Additionally, the prohibition against parking around the downtown square is still in effect. No vehicle can be left on South First and Wardell Sts. This rule is for the safety of spectators and fair parade participants.
All parade entries must still register by 2:30 p.m. that Sunday at the U.S. Postal Service facility's parking lot on West McClain Avenue (State Road 56). Those signing up by this deadline will be eligible for trophies in one of several categories, including fire departments; automobiles; commercial, civic or community organization; equestrian; Judges' Choice; tractor; and Best of Parade.
Only licensed operators will be allowed to drive vehicles in the parade, and all cars and trucks must be licensed.
For safety reasons, no one under age 18 may ride a bicycle, tricycle, motorcycle, moped, scooter, mini-bike, ATV or any other vehicle that parade officials may consider hazardous unless the rider is accompanied by a parent or guardian over the entire course of the parade.
There is no registration fee to participate in the parade. Award winners will be notified at the end of the route, and those awards may be picked up at the fair office before leaving the fairgrounds.
As has been in the past, as the parade starts off east on S.R. 56 toward the downtown Scottsburg square at 3 p.m., each category of entries will feed into the parade from side streets off the state highway.
Some of the route won't change. The parade will turn south on South First Street to the east of the Courthouse and then west on Wardell Street to the south of the Courthouse.
However, instead of continuing along Wardell St., the parade will turn south on South Main Street. It will follow S. Main St. to Lovers Lane Road, where it will turn west again to reach the U.S. 31 South intersection. From there it will continue west onto West Lake Road and then turn south again onto Riley Drive, where the parade will follow until entering the back of the fairgrounds and then dispersing.
The change means people are going to have to find new spots from which to view the event. Staff and directors of the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum welcome folks to use the parking lot there as well as a gravel lot by its barn just a little south of the museum. “People can set up their tents in our big front yard and the side yard if they'd like,” said museum director Jeanne Abbott. Visitors are asked to take all trash with them.
Fair parade spectators are asked to check with owners of businesses and privately-owned properties along South Main St. before parking to see the parade along its new route.
Reigning Miss Scott County Fair Queen Kaitlin Embrey will be featured in the parade along with pretty lasses hoping to win the 2016 crown and title. So will lots of vintage tractors, service vehicles, horse groups, politicians and floats of all sizes and shapes.
Anyone needing more information or wanting to register early must call Cody Smith at 1-812-599-9044 or email him at