With all the activity planned around our lively community in the coming days, it’s time for a random weekly round-up of updates from around Sweet Owen County. Our late summer flurry of activity was drenched last weekend, so we missed some opportunities to get out and enjoy the weather and each other before the cold arrives. Despite the rain, the Farmer’s Market hosted their annual Farm to Table Dinner in the safe and dry confines of the Christian Life Center. This Saturday, the Farmer’s Market will continue on what looks to be a much nicer day.
The fun continues this week and beyond starting with the biggest community event of the year – the Spencer Lions Club Apple Butter Festival. “ABF” will again take place at the Owen County Fairgrounds but will continue to offer visitors wonderful chances to meet and greet with friends new and old and to explore the food and wares for sale. This popular event is highlighted by the Apple Butter Parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Come out and enjoy a great weekend and give a tip of the hat to the hard workers of the Lions Club who put so much work into this community gathering. Thanks Lions!
The Heritage & Culture Center at the southeast corner of the Courthouse Square will be holding a fundraiser yard sale this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. When you’ve finished checking out the ABF stop by and support our local history museum.
The ABF parade will pass by the new Owen County Community Foundation office at 60 E. Market. We’re excited to be working on the final details of our move to the Courthouse Square. We realize as we pack up a lot of past work and memories how much we’ve appreciated the hospitality and generosity of the Owen County State Bank (OCSB). This local business has supported your OCCF in our charitable work for our first 25 years by providing generous support in our work and we want everyone to know it. We know that OCSB has also helped a lot of our local businesses succeed and that helps all of us. Our sincere gratitude goes out to the employees and shareholders of OCSB.
Next Thursday, September 20th, your OCCF will host our 16th annual SMV Realty – Jim Fulford Golf Open. We’ve invited our best golf buddies to join us at the new and improved Rolling Meadows Golf Course and Mulligan’s Restaurant to celebrate the contributions and memory of Jim Fulford, OCCF’s first executive director and popular teacher, coach, and principal. Jim holds a special place in the hearts of people here, so it’s fitting that we gather at one of his favorite hangouts to remember his many gifts to the country, state, and our community. This is the only fund raising event of the year for your OCCF, so we are very thankful for the great response so far. If you’re still thinking of joining us for golf, we need your team registration by the end of business today. We’re almost full! And if you’d like to be a sponsor, let us know right away. Come out and join us, vie for fabulous prizes, and help raise funds to operate your local OCCF.
There are too many other random things going on around Owen County that I can’t keep up with them all. But just a few other things on the fun activity horizon need a mention. Water Day will celebrate our White River in Cooper Commons next Saturday, September 22nd. Local groups working to help families with children will host a Community Baby Shower at the Fairgrounds from 10 to 2 on Saturday, September 29th where families can receive lots of helpful information to help them raise healthy children. The Christmas at the Square group is raising money for new Christmas lights for the celebration. Check out the fund raiser on Facebook or contact Andrea White. The group is working hard on this annual event. Let’s show them some support.
And just a random “heads up” that our county will be celebrating our 200th birthday next year and a group has been formed to help put on a fitting celebration with events throughout the year. Watch for more announcements about Owen County’s Bicentennial Celebration. Fun events are being planned for the entire county. Oh, Owen County, 200 years old – but you look so young! Join in the planning, volunteer to work, or just join in the celebration.
Maybe during this random week you have a random idea to use your charitable gifts to help your community become a better place to live, grow, and work. That’s what your Owen County Community Foundation is here for. If you’d like to know more, give me a call at 812-829-1725, email me at email@example.com, visit us online at our Facebook page or at our website www.owencountycf.org, or stop by and visit us in person at our office. On Monday, October 1, we’ll be opening our new office at 60 E. Markets Street on the Square in Spencer.