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There are dozens of volunteers working in the hot sun to put Owen County in the best light possible.
These aren’t paid employees. Most of them are small business owners or just concerned private citizens who want to see Owen County grow and prosper.
The first-ever Owen County Fan Fair opens today and will continue through Sunday.
The event is designed to give Owen County a moment in the spotlight as people travel to the big Sprint Cup race in Sparta this weekend.
Travelers will be encouraged to stop by Fan Fair and will be presented with a gift bag full of presents and information about Owen County and all the wonderful things we have to offer.
This project wasn’t the brainchild of local officials or underwritten by a grant. It’s just a group of regular Owen countains who don’t mind working hard to hopefully improve the future.
There are some people who believe that Owen County will barely feel a rumble from the earthquake that will take place in Sparta this weekend.
Whether or not they have 10 guests or 10,000, the event can only be called a success because of the dedication of the volunteers and their willingness to simply try something new.
On Saturday, the annual Owen County Horse Show and Fair kicks off once again, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Owen County Fair Board and a small army of volunteers.
Planning and organizing an event like this begins right after the last fair ends.
Before the first cotton candy is spun or the first beauty pageant contestant is crowned, the members of the fair board have been working for months sorting out details and making arrangements.
Simply working out the logistics of organizing dozens and dozens of events, getting the carnival rides together, picking judges and getting the participants signed up would be a full-time job for just about anyone.
What motivates these people year after year to give so much of their free time to preserve the Owen County Fair as an institution? Love of home? Tradition? A sense of wanting to give back to a community?
I’m not sure, but I know we are lucky to have them.