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When Judy Hetterman came to the pavilion at the Owen County Fairgrounds Wednesday night she thought she was going to see how a friend’s daughter did in the beauty pageant.
Hetterman never dreamed that instead she would be presented with the Rotary Club’s Owen Countain of the Year award.
Hetterman said her family was also unaware of the honor.
“My family didn’t even know,” Hetterman said. “So everyone who knew kept a good secret.”
The Owen Countian of the Year award began in 1953. Past winners include Dr. Maurice Bowling, Jimmy and Jenny Coyle, Carolyn Keith, Bernie Poe and David “Milkweed” Wotier. Last year’s winner was Gilbert England.
“I’m very honored that I was chosen for the award,” Hetterman said. “I really enjoy my work. I love being able to work with the citizens of Owen County and helping to improve the quality of life here.”
Hetterman, who is the County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science has lived and worked in Owen County for the past 25 years. She and her husband, John, a farmer, have a 26-year-old son, Chris.
Hetterman’s duties as an extension agent include providing education for family and youth in consumer science and community service projects. She also works with the Owen County 4-H Extension Homemakers.
Hetterman does a lot of volunteer work in the community.
She was involved in the progressive tea, which was held during the guided carriage tour through Owenton during the week of the U.S. Open. She has also participated in Santa’s Castle and the Christmas Parade.
Hetterman said she enjoys other things in the community, such as her church.
“I attend Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church,” Hetterman said. “I’m a Sunday school teacher; I help with Vacation Bible School and sing in the choir.”
Hetterman is the Southern Regional Director for the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science.
Hetterman said she has enjoyed her work and felt honored to receive the award.
“I’ve really enjoyed the years of working here in Owen County,” Hetterman said. “A lot of the kids I’ve had in 4-H I’ve been able to watch grow up and work with them. It was a great honor to receive the award.”