There’s Something for Everyone Going On at Harlan Days

Each year our volunteers organize events and entertainment for Harlan Days and 2016 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. Here is a list of HD16-Event-Participation-Contacts.

2016 Harlan Days Theme:
Festival of Fellowship: Show how we come together in our community

Thursday, August 4th 2016

IMG_4109-0015:00 pm

  • 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

5:55 pm

  • Opening Ceremony at the American Flag

Harlan Days Bingo tent6:00 pm

  • 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)

7:00 pm

  • Live Music: ‘Sunday Morning Road Show’ (till 10 pm)
  • Open Mic & Karaoke Contest First Round (till 9 pm) hosted by DJ Dallich (Pavilion)
  • Arena Event: ‘4×4 Tough Truck Competition‘ ($5 and 5 under free)
    National Anthem by DJ Jason Dallich

10:00 pm

  • Harlan Days closes for the night

Friday, August 5th 2016

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 9 pm)
  • Mini-excavator Challenge (till 10pm)
  • Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides (till 9:30 pm, weather permitting)
  • 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: ‘Carmichael’ (till 10 pm)
  • Open Mic & Karaoke Contest First Round (till 9 pm)
  • Arena Event: ‘4×4 Mud Bog Drag‘ ($5 and 5 under free)
    National Anthem by Ethan Brandenburg of the Woodlan Show Choir

9:00 pm

  • Home Run Derby Contest

10:00 pm

  • Harlan Days closes for the night

Saturday, Aug. 6th 2016

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

7:30 am

  • Harlan Hustle 5K Run begins at Food Building

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  • Harlan Days Grand Parade –  with Grand Marshall Curtis Smith and Honorary Citizen Pat Connor.
    (Will head South from the old Harlan Elementary School on Spencerville Rd. to St Rd 37 East to School St, through the park, and will conclude back at the school. Register your entry for the parade here.)
  • Honorary Citizen: Pat Connor
  • Grand Marshall: Curtis Smith
  • COED Softball Tourney Resumes

11:00 am

  • Carnival Rides & Midway Opens
  • Craft, Merchant, & Farmer Market Opens
  • Food Tent opens: Serving BBQ Chicken ½, roll, & 2 sides – prepared by the Harlan Lion’s Club (Serving till 9 pm)
  • Fair Food
  • Karaoke Contest on the Live Music Stage (till 1 pm)
  • Kids Free Petting Zoo (till 2 pm)
  • Mini-excavator Challenge (till 10pm)

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

1:00 pm

  • Bingo Tent (till 9 pm)
  • Kids Free Game Tent (till 5 pm)
  • Kids Kickball Tourney on North Baseball Diamond

Kids tractor pull2:00 pm

  • Kids Tractor Pull near the Food Tent

4:00 pm

  • 22nd Annual Cruise-In Car Show

5:00 pm

  • Food Tent & Fair Food

6:00 pm


Performer Adam Strack7:00 pm

  • Live Music: ‘The Adam Strack Duo’ (till 10 pm)
  • HD16 Teen Dance, hosted by DJ Dallich in the Pavilion (till 10pm)

7:30 pm

  • Arena Event: ‘Monster Truck Smash ‘Em Show’ ($5 and 5 under free)
    National Anthem by Jayda Dallich

10:30 pm

11:00 pm

  • Harlan Days Closes – See you next year!

Thanks to our event sponsors:
Shambaugh Dental Group for the Monster Truck Show
Dr. Sarah Schlie & Dr. Austin Schlie for Hot Air Balloon
Ekklesia Church for volunteers at the Main Food Tent
Rack & Helen’s Bar for the Home Run Derby Contest
Dalich Entertainment for the HD16 Teen Dance
Eicher Concrete for the Arena Truck Competitions
Fort Wayne Bobcat for the Excavator Exhibit

*All events and times are subject to change. 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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