HARMONY — The best things in life are free.

That’s the motto of the Harmony Free Fair, which opens Friday and runs through Labor Day, Monday.

The fair, now in its 67th year, is four days of old fashioned fun featuring a pig scramble, truck pulls, frog jumping, a talent show, a ladies’ skillet throw and men’s hammer throw, old tractor show, a pie contest, arm wrestling and a cribbage tourney.

Admission is free.

“There’s no admission charge and no parking charge and no fences at the Harmony fair — people come and go as they please,” said Tracy Morrison, a trustee of the Patriarchs Club, which sponsors the fair. The nonprofit club was formed in 1947 as a volunteer community betterment group. It’s first project was construction of a gymnasium for the Harmony School. To fund the project the club held the first Harmony Labor Day Free Fair in 1948. Jeff Chadbourne is the current president.

This year’s fair book is dedicated to Morrison’s father, John Morrison, who died Dec. 30. A John Morrison Memorial Scholarship 5k run/walk road race is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday. Registration is 8 a.m. at the Harmony School.

The fair this year also remembers Paul Herrick, an early member of the Patriarchs Club and the de facto town historian.

Entries for the fair’s Home and Garden Show in the Exhibition Hall is 4-7 p.m. Friday. Categories include garden produce, fruits, flowers and herbs, canned foods, baked goods and crafts.

The fair midway with rides by Kavanaugh Amusements opens at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by bingo and live music by Night Jammers. The truck pull starts at 7 p.m. Friday, as does the singles cribbage tournament.

Saturday opens with the youth livestock show at 10 a.m., the midway at 11 a.m. and a demolition derby at noon. The Exhibition Hall opens at 1 p.m., followed by sheep dog demonstrations, a pie auction, tractor pulls, cribbage and live music.

Sunday offers a full day of events starting with oxen and draft horse events, a horseshoe tournament, live music, a frog jumping contest at 2 p.m., a pig scramble at 4:30 with registration from 3:30 until 4:15 p.m., and children’s and adult arm wrestling starting at 6:30 p.m. Capping off the day will be fireworks at sundown.

The big Labor Day parade is set for 9:30 a.m. downtown. The day continues with antique cars, bingo, a foul-shooting contest, horseshoe contest and live music. The women’s skillet throw is set for 3 p.m., followed by the men’s hammer throw at 4 p.m.

For more information visit the website www.harmonyfreefair.org.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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Twitter: @Doug_Harlow

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