First Fan Fair finale

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Organizers happy with turnout as racing fans get a little taste of Owen County

By Molly Haines

The Owen County Visioneers have deemed the first Owen County Fan Fair a “huge” success.
The event took place July 6-10 at Owen County’s industrial park. Its goal was to introduce those attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway to the many things Owen County has to offer.
Visitors who attended Fan Fair came from 24 different states and Canada. States ranged from Maine to Kansas, from Texas to California, as well as Florida to Wisconsin.
A driving force behind the event, Pat Beverly, said she was overwhelmed with the response from those who attended.
“We were tickled to death,” Beverly said. “We had so many positives going on. There was a little glitch with the rain, but overall we were really tickled with it.”
Each visitor received a “goody bag” filled with information on Owen County and a “Taste of Sweet Owen” bag filled with homemade treats from the Owen County Homemakers.
At least 45 vendors and exhibitors were set up at the event.
Holly Bowling, who was also instrumental in the event, said everyone who stopped by seemed impressed by the event.
“We had great, positive reviews from everyone there,” Bowling said. “After seeing what happened this year, a lot of people were saying they wanted to be involved in one way or another next year. Everyone seemed really impressed by the presentation for this being our first year.”
According to the Visioneers, vendors reported impressive sales figures from the event.
The Feed the Children Hauler spent Thursday evening and night at the Fan Fair.
Beverly said the vice president of Feed the Children stopped by Fan Fair, giving the event’s organizers a good contact for next year’s event.
Beverly and Bowling agreed if there is one thing they would change next year, it would be the open and shutdown times.
“The hours we would especially do different,” Beverly said. “We had them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next year we will likely change that, maybe from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or something like that. Any changes that we make next year will be minor, we thought it went off great this year.”
Bowling said next year she would like to see more community organizations become involved.
“I think Project Graduation or Relay For Life would do really well at this event,” Bowling said. “Those organizations are always looking for donations and would do well pulling in money from outside and inside the community.”
Both Beverly and Bowling said they are already thinking of new ideas for next year’s event and would like to thank everyone who was involved in any way.
“Our exhibitors, the people who helped us set up the tents — anyone who was involved. We can’t thank them enough,” Beverly said.