The Owen Downtown Revitalization Committee met on Thursday, August 6 at the Millpond Park. Committee members in attendance were Ken Martine, Jeff Conger, Tony Wallace, Cindy Knight, Nicole Rogers, Travis Rogers, Jr., Allie Milbert and CDC Tim Swiggum.
The group approved spending $500 to replace the graduation banners on Central Avenue. Jeff Conger will look into finding and pricing the banners. The committee approved donating $200 to J Chord Photography in exchange for taking professional pictures of the city.
The Owen Main Street Car show which will be held Saturday, August 15 was discussed in length. Tony Wallace reported that sponsorships were good this year and should cover all expenses of the event. The Sentinel & Rural News donated two large color ads in exchange for sponsorship and the committee approved spending up to $75 for an ad in the O-W Enterprise. A rain date of Sunday, August 16, was discussed and approved. Tim Swiggum designed the posters, Allie Milbert designed the logo, Nicole Rogers designed the car plaques and Jeff Conger will design and print the t-shirts.
The car show registration will be 10 a.m. to noon. The voting will take place from noon to 3 p.m. This year there will be only a 1st place trophy for each division and a Best of Show winner. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m. and a cruise around town lead by the Best of Show winner will follow. Also, that day the Market Place will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be held at the Millpond Pavilion and will have a flea market, vendors, crafters, fresh produce, bakery items and more. Interested vendors should call Owen City Hall at 715-229-2404.
There will be entertainment for all ages. There will be a bounce house and Blackhawk Express train rides for the kids. There will also be music/karaoke by Rowdy Boys Entertainment, 50/50 raffles, trivia games and good food and drinks. The Car Show committee will meet again before the show to stuff swag bags and finalize plans.
The next DRC meeting will be at 5 p.m. on September 3, 2020.
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