Fan Fair roars to the finish line

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Annual event designed to showcase community draws visitors to Owen County

By Molly Haines



Despite some less than perfect weather, another successful Owen County Fan Fair has rolled by. 

The third-annual event kicked off June 26 with vendors for both shopping and dining. A family fun evening was also scheduled for the day, but was nixed do to heavy rains.

“We gave the vendors an option to stay open or pack it in for the day,” Owen County Visioneer David Morgan said. “They appreciated us doing that, but having to cancel family fun evening hurt our attendance for the year.”

The Miss and Teen Golden Triangle Pageant was held during the second day of Fan Fair. 

Madison Gamble, 18, of Owen County, was crowned Miss Golden Triangle. Carla Carfora, 16, also of Owen County was named princess and Tiffany Huffman, 17, of Hebron was named duchess. 

Veronica Chisholm, 15, of Owen County was named Miss Teen Golden Triangle. Marlee Lathrem, 14, of Owen County was named princess and Mycah Woosley of Grant County was named duchess. 

Contestants in the pageant were judged on sportswear, which included Beka’s Toppers T-shirts, and formal wear.

Proceeds from the T-shirt sales went to the Beka’s Toppers organization.

The first annual Central Kentucky Duck and Goose-Calling Contest was held Friday, as well as a 5K run/walk sponsored by the First Christian Church of Owenton. 

The duck and goose-calling contest was sponsored by Shag’s Run Hunt Club, Earl Floyd Ford and Backwoodz Mafia Outdoors.

Callers from ages 7 to 30 came from Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Maryland, Illinois and Canada to participate. 

Tim Farmer, host of KET’s Kentucky Afield, served as one of the three judges for the contest.

Fan fair organizer Shanna Osborne said the event was a success and that organizers  are looking forward to making the event bigger and better each year.

Morgan said the run/walk was well attended, with proceeds going toward the Cincinnati Free Food Store for purchase of food pantry supplies.

Morgan said there was plenty of diversity when it came to dining at fan fair and that all food vendors sold well.

“I don’t think I ever saw a time when there weren’t people at the food booths,” Morgan said. “I talked to several of this year’s vendors and the ones that I talked with were pleased. I think overall we were pleased with the general attendance and every one of the events were very well attended.”