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As race fans begin to descend on Kentucky Speedway, first-ever Fan Fair taking shape

By John Whitlock

Over 45 vendors with dozens of volunteers will be out in force as part of the NASCAR Nation rolls through Owen County this week.
And the first-ever Owen County Fan Fair will be there to introduce travelers to everything the community has to offer.
The event, which is the dream of the Owen County Visioneers, is designed to showcase the county to potentially thousands of people who will take U.S. 127 up to Sparta for the first-ever Sprint Cup race at the Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Every seat in the newly-renovated facility will be filled for the Inaugural Quaker State 400 Saturday night.
And with all those visitors, the Visioneers and the volunteers hope they impress some of them to come back and make Owen County a regular pit stop.
Although the event is designed to accommodate out-of-town travelers, organizers said there will be plenty of fun, food and excitement for Owen countians as well.
“The entire community is invited,” Pat Beverly, one of the Visioneer organizers, said. “It’s just as much for them as anyone else.”
Fan Fair will consist of local businesses, vendors, arts and crafts exhibits, music and food.
Each out-of-town visitor will receive a bag with several gifts and brochures about Owen County.
Organizers said the event has drawn a lot of attention in the county.
Holly Bowling said that by the time the event gets rolling, the number of vendors and exhibitors could exceed 50 different participants.
Friday should be one of the highlights of the event as the Owen County Farmers’ Market will be set up at the site which is across from the Industrial Park on U.S. Highway 127 N.
Fan Fair will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sunday and the Owen County Fiscal Court and local constables have volunteered to provide security for vendors.