There’s Something for Everyone Going On at Harlan Days

Each year our volunteers organize events and entertainment for Harlan Days and 2017 is shaping up to include a lot of new events. Volunteers work on adding events right up till event day, so check back here often. See below for the full schedule or grab the PDF Schedule here.

2017 Harlan Days Theme:
Cheers to 70 Years!

Thursday, August 3rd 2017

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  • Stop by the Headquarters tent to sign up for our nightly free t-shirt drawings!
  • Carnival Rides & Midway opens
  • Craft, Merchant, & Farmer Market opens
  • Food Tent & Fair Food

6:00 pm

  • Opening Ceremony at the American Flag
  • Kids Parade near the Food Tent
  • 1st Drawing for Free T-Shirts, sponsored by area businesses – drawing every ½ hour at HQ tent
  • Bingo Tent open (till 9 pm)
  • Sport Tourneys: Softball, Basketball, & Roller Hockey
  • Mini-excavator Challenge (till 10pm)

Harlan Days Bingo tent
7:00 pm

  • Live Music: ‘Sunday Morning Road Show’ (till 10 pm)

7:30 pm

  • Arena Event: Go-Kart Racing ($5 and 5 under free, gates open at 6:30pm)

10:00 pm

  • Harlan Days closes for the night

Friday, August 4th 2017

The joy of festival rides5:00 pm

  • Carnival Rides & Midway opens
  • Craft, Merchant, & Farmer Market opens
  • Food Tent & Fair Food

6:00 pm

  • Bingo Tent open (till 10 pm)
  • Mini-excavator Challenge (till 10pm)
  • 1st Drawing for Free T-Shirts, sponsored by area businesses – drawing every ½ hour at HQ tent
  • Sport Tourneys: Volleyball, Basketball, & Cornhole

From the arena tower7:00 pm

  • Live Music: ‘Aaron Stutzman’ (till 10 pm)

7:30 pm

  • Arena Event: ‘Barrel Racing and Horse Show’ ($5 and 5 under free, gates open at 6:30pm)

8:00 pm

  • Home Run Derby Contest

10:00 pm

  • Harlan Days closes for the night

Saturday, Aug. 5th 2017

7:00 am

  • All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Shelter House, prepared by North Scipio Methodist Church (till 9 am)
  • Registration opens for the Harlan Hustle 5K Fun Run

7:30 am

  • Harlan Hustle 5K Run begins at Food Building

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  • The Harlan Days Grand Parade
    (Reversed direction this year! The parade will head South through the Harlan Park, East on 2nd St., South on School St., West on St Rd 37 through Harlan, and finally will turn North on Spencerville Road towards the old Harlan Elementary School. (Register your entry for the parade here.)
    – Honorary Citizens: Marguerite Hertig and Floyd Fogle
    – Grand Marshall: TBA
  • COED Softball Tourney Resumes

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  • Carnival Rides & Midway opens
  • Arts, Craft, & Merchant Tent opens
  • Food Tent opens: Serving BBQ Chicken ½, roll, & 2 sides – prepared by the Harlan Lion’s Club (Serving till 9 pm)
  • Fair Food
  • Mini-excavator Challenge (till 9pm)
  • Bingo Tent (till 4pm & 6-10pm)

11:30 am

  • 1st Drawing for Free T-Shirts, sponsored by area businesses – drawing every ½ hour at HQ tent

1:00 pm

  • Kids Free Game Tent (till 5 pm)
  • Kids Free Petting Zoo (till 5 pm)
  • Youth Kickball Tourney on North Baseball Diamond

Kids tractor pull2:00 pm

  • Kiddie Tractor Pull near the Food Tent

4:00 pm

  • 23rd Annual Cruise-In Car Show

4:30 pm

5:00 pm

  • Food Tent & Fair Food

6:00 pm

  • Sport Tourneys: Volleyball, Basketball, Roller Hockey, & Cornhole


Performer Adam Strack7:00 pm

  • Live Music: ‘Young Kingdom’ (till 10 pm)
  • Live Music: ‘Carmichael’ (till 10 pm)

7:30 pm

10:30 pm

11:00 pm

  • Harlan Days Closes – See you next year!

A very special thanks to:
Springfield Restoration and Remodeling
Dutch Made Cabinetry
Kelley Chevrolet of Fort Wayne
Shambaugh Dental Group
Ekklesia Church of Harlan
Marcos Pizza of Leo
Sportsman Cove of Leo
BF Goodrich, Fort Wayne Plant

*All events and times are subject to change due to poor weather. As volunteers report information, times, cancellations, corrections, or other details we will post them here unless those changes are made during the festival or on an event day. Stay tuned for updates. If you have information about an event, please use the contact us to let us know.

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