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Annual Sweet Owen Day approaches

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By Molly Haines

As summer begins to wind down, fall festivals are being scheduled throughout the state, including one of Owen County’s biggest yearly events – Sweet Owen Day.
This year’s event will take place on the courthouse square Saturday, Sept. 15 and a full lineup of music, talent shows, pageants, food and fun are scheduled.
The event will kickoff with the annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a run/walk at 8:30 a.m.
A new addition to this year’s festival is a 9.5 mile round trip “fun bike ride” to Countryside Bakery and Deli on Hwy. 127 North. The ride will begin at the courthouse square and a scoop of ice cream will be served to the riders at Countryside.
The opening ceremony with Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith will begin at 10 a.m.
Vendors will also open at 10 a.m.
Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the day with bands like the Hwy. 330 Band, The Bandits, Puddin’ Howell, Cross Tithes, Dave Stahl and Freddy Helm, and Eddie Barber from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The closing ceremony will take place at 10 p.m. with Owenton Mayor Doug West.
A Little Miss and Master Sweet Owen Festival pageant will take place at 2 p.m. The winners of the pageant will have the opportunity to take part in the Kentucky Festival State Preliminary Pageant.
The pageant is for boys and girls ages 5-7.
A Sweet Owen “Littlest Runners” will also be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. near Petals on the Square.
The run will be for 2-3 year olds and 4-5 year olds.
A talent show will begin at 3 p.m. with three divisions – elementary, middle and high school.
Signup sheets for the pageants and talent show can be found at the Owen County Courthouse.
A health fair will also be held with free flu shots, nutrition information, diabetes education and more.
In the case of bad weather, Keith said the event would be moved to the Owen County Fairgrounds instead of cancellation.