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Owensburg to host Founder's Day Festival

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This year marks the 35th annual Owensburg Founder's Day Festival -- which is a traditional celebration complete with music, food and fun.

The festival kicks off Friday with the Owensburg-Jackson Township Fire Department's annual rib-eye sandwich dinner. The dinner serves as a fundraiser for the Owensburg firefighters and will be from 5-8 p.m. at the Owensburg Library.

On Saturday, look for a flea market, crafts, food booths, the traditional Cobbler's Bench as well as live music and a parade, explains a press release on the event.

Music starts at noon and wraps up at 7 p.m. with the parade kicking off at 2 p.m.

The Cobbler's Bench will feature cobblers and ice cream and is a long-standing tradition that involves locals donating their cobblers to be sold by the slice. The money benefits the Owensburg Community Improvement Association.

This year Jimmy Jackson, life-long Owensburg resident and considered by many as the town's mayor, will serve as the parade marshal for the 2010 Founder's Day Festival, says the press release.

He is also a descendant of George Washington Hatfield -- who was one of the early founders of Owensburg.

Jackson is a Navy Veteran who served on the Destroyer U.S.S. Putnam during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He is a retiree of NAS Crane after 29 years as a boiler operator. After retiring in 1994, he worked on the 2,500 acre Ferguson Farm, taking care of 500 cows, until the present.

Jackson has been married for 51 years to his wife Sharon.

Look for the town's Emanuel Hatfield Museum and Library to also be open on Friday and Saturday.

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Three cheers for the greatest little town on Earth! :)

-- Posted by owensburgmom on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 8:40 AM

Some things that didn't make the paper:

Judging changes made for 2010 Owensburg Founders Day Annual Pie contest.

Beginning this year, the annual pie contest will be awarding a "Grand Prize" for the best overall pie submitted. The catergories are fruit, nut and cream. There will be one winner in each of the three categories. Each winning pie will be judged a second time and the judges will decide which pie is the Grand Prize winner. Contestants may enter multiple pies in any or all categories.

As in the past years all pies are to be delivered to the home of Ms. Kathleen Combs no later than 2:00 pm on Saturday the 25th. Please remember to identify your pie container so that it may be returned to you. After the judging is complete, all pies will be delivered to the Cobblers Bench for sale to the public. Please put your creative pie baking talents to work and join in the fun at this years 35th annual Owensburg Founders Day celebration. For questions please contact Kathleen Combs at 812.863.4244 or Ginny Thompson at 812.863.4041.

-- Posted by HillTopRanch on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 7:03 PM

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