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Event brings crowd to downtown

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By Molly Haines

Months of planning paid off Saturday when the Sweet Owen Day festivities were deemed a success.
Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dallas Stafford said sales for vendors were up at least 30 percent, with some reporting an even higher percent.
“Three Rivers District Health Department gave about 30 percent more flu shots,” Stafford said. “The run/walk participation was up about 50 percent and the crowd was strong throughout the day.”
A total of 65 vendors were present.
Stafford said a good crowd remained around the courthouse square up until the closing events at 9:30 p.m.
The event’s planning committee, Stafford said, should be given credit for the success of this year’s event.
The planning committee consisted of Carolyn Keith, Megan Karsner, Doug West, Dave Jones, Pam Chappell, Stuart Bowling, Glen Bailey, Joyce DuVall, Frank Downing and Dallas Stafford.
“The cooperation between the county and city government and the chamber was excellent,” Stafford said. “I must especially mention Megan Karsner, she was our operations chief and was involved in almost every detail from start to finish.”
A total of seven boys and girls participated in the Little Miss and Master Sweet Owen Day pageant.
This year’s Little Master went to Hagen New, and second place to Kade New. The winner of the Little Miss was Kaylee Varner, second place was Madelyn Sue Wright and third place was Addi Bowling.
Other participants in this year’s pageant were Alison Arnce and Maggie Ponder.
The winner of the talent show for the elementary division was Kaitlyn Parker; middle school division, Madison Lubbe; and high school division was Travis Pealot. The overall winner was Kaitlyn Parker.
Stafford said plans for next year’s event will begin within the next few weeks.