Fan Fair fanfare

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By Molly Haines

Organizers of the third annual Owen County Fan Fair are revving up their engines today for three days of contests, pageants and family fun.
The event will kick off at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) with vendors for shopping and dining, as well as informational booths highlighting Owen County.
This year’s event will host more vendors than ever before and will also offer options for lunch and dinner daily.
A quilt show will also be held each day of Fan Fair at the Owen County Extension Office.
“Not only is this an opportunity for local people to come out and see what’s in the community, but we always have several visitors from out of state,” Fan Fair organizer Holly Bowling said. “We did have a few people from Japan at one point. In previous years, we’ve had visitors from 24 different states.”
Family Fun Evening will begin at 4 p.m. today with a Hula Hoop and limbo contest, corn hole, skate boarding, Frisbees, tennis, water inflatables, Slip and Slide and water slide.
All activities during Family Fun Evening are free.
A Miss and Teen Golden Triangle Pageant will be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
A top 10 will be chosen from both age groups and contestants will be judged on sportswear, formal wear, onstage question, poise and beauty.
The platform of the pageant is Beka’s Toppers and all proceeds from T-shirt sales will also go to the organization.
Registration for the pageant will open at 3 p.m Thursday.
The second annual run/walk, sponsored by the First Christian Church of Owenton, will be held Friday at Itron Field. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., with the walk beginning at 6 p.m.
The entry fee for the run/walk is $12, with proceeds going to the Cincinnati Free Food Store for purchase of food pantry supplies.
A central Kentucky duck and goose-calling contest will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the park pavilion.
There will be eight classes in the contest, with open duck and goose winners guaranteed a $500 cash payout.
The event is sponsored by Shag’s Run Hunt Club, Earl Floyd Ford and Backwoodz Mafia Outdoors.
“We have more vendors this year than we’ve ever seen,” Bowling said. “It’s a nice opportunity for everyone to see what we’re doing locally. With the food vendors it’s a nice change for lunch and we’re also open for dinner hours this year.”