Sweet Owen Day returns

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By Molly Haines

For a fun-filled kickoff to the fall season, look no further than Owen County’s Sweet Owen Day Festival.
The 12th annual event will take place Sept. 21 on the courthouse square with a variety of activities, vendors and live entertainment.
The day will begin at 7 a.m. with the Rotary pancake breakfast, followed by the 5K run/walk at 8 a.m.
Beginning at 10 a.m., a veteran’s ceremony will be held on the courthouse lawn. The ceremony will include the Carroll County Color Guard, as well as battle hymns sung by members of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dawn Davis said this will be the second veteran’s ceremony at Sweet Owen Day.
“We had a really good representation of our veterans in 2012,” Davis said. “There were even a lot of family and friends there to support their veteran. We’ve added the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church choir for something new.”
Live entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. with the country-rock group Hwy 330 Band. Other bands performing throughout the day include The Bandits (country-rock), Hot Chocolate and the Marshmellows (Bluegrass), Cross Tithes (Christian) and Dave Stahl and Freddy Helm (country/gospel).
In addition to the Little Miss Sweet Owen and Little Princess Sweet Owen, two more pageants have been added to this year’s festivities.
A Miss Preteen Sweet Owen and Miss Sweet Owen will be held at 4 and 6 p.m.
Proceeds from the pageants will go to the non-profit organization Beka’s Toppers, whose main focus is to provide hats, scarves and wigs to teens, preteens and children battling cancer.
Live country music by John Barber will close out the day from 7-10 p.m.
Along with the day’s vendors and entertainment, children’s activities will include a free balloon twister and inflatables.
A health fair will include free flu shots, free mammograms, cardiovascular testing and a blood mobile.
The Backpack Program and Meeting the Needs will be collecting non-perishable food items, as well as cleaning and personal care items at this year’s festival. Anyone who makes a donation will be entered into a drawing for a special gift basket.
“(Sweet Owen Day) is a good opportunity for those who have moved away to come back into the community,” Davis said. “It’s a family-style event that has become a tradition for a lot of families.”
The event, sponsored by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce, the Owen County Fiscal Court, the City of Owenton and the Owen County Tourism Commission, has been held yearly since 2001.
For more Sweet Owen Day information, call the Owen County Judge-executive’s Office at 502-484-3405. For more information on any of the four pageants, contact Holly Bowling at 502-514-1495.
Vendors will continue to be accepted through Sept. 13.