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Owenfest arrives this weekend

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By Jessica Singleton

Elk Creek Vineyards is hosting Froggy 104.9 Owenfest on Saturday. Rebekka Siegel is helping organize the event. She said their goal is to provide community and family-friendly events. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a 5K Run through the Elk Creek property. She said all proceeds from the race will go to Project Graduation and the winner of the event will win two tickets to a Sara Evans concert. Another event is a “catch and release” kids’ fishing tournament at 10 a.m. The first prize will be a fishing rod donated by Bob Risch. Second through fourth place will receive a frog cup donated by Seigel Pottery. Also at 10 a.m., the crafts and farmers’ market booths will open. They will stay open untill 5 p.m. The music starts at 11 a.m. on the stage. The first band will be Garrick Howell. Big Head Lincoln Band featuring Jeff Ziehm takes the stage at 11:45. Velvet Soul Band will perform at 1 p.m. Downtown County Band performs at 2:30. The Handsome Devils Band will appear at 3:45. Seigel recommends that people bring lawn chairs. The festival will have many kid-friendly activities. The Fun Factory will set up inflatable. Tickets are $5 for an all-day pass or $1 for each entry. The Owen County Public Library will have a puppet-making booth set up where kids can make a frog-puppet. This is a free activity. At 11:30, there will be a Hot Dog Eating Contest sponsored by Dairy Queen. This contest is limited to 15 people. It costs $5 to enter and first prize will be a cash purse and two tickets to a Sara Evans concert. Second and third will also receive a monetary prize. The Miss Frogalicious Swamp Pageant begins at 12:45 with contestant introductions. At 2 the contestants will appear on stage for the question-and-answer part of the competition. Miss Frogalicious will be crowned at 3:30 p.m. The winner of the event will receive two tickets to a Sara Evans concert. Entry fee is $5. A Corn Hole Tournament will kick off at 1 p.m. and is organized by Noel True. The entry fee is $5. You must be registered by noon and partners will be drawn at the start of the competition. The winners will receive two Sara Evans tickets and a cash prize. There will also be a monetary prize for second and third places. The winner of the Frog Leg Cook Off competition will be announced at 4:15. Entry fee is $5 and Sara Evans tickets will be awarded to the Most Unique, Best Overall and the Best Presentation. Registration for all events can be made on the Froggy 104.9 Web site www.myfroggy1049.com or by calling Elk Creek Winery at 484-0005.