Owen Brown to fete coming of age

September 20, 1994|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer

When the Owen Brown Community Association kicks off its 1994 Lake Elkhorn Festival, the 2,000 to 3,000 people expected to attend Saturday will be opening the annual celebration with a giant birthday cake.

"It's our 21st annual festival, and, in keeping with the village's anniversary we're having a cake-cutting ceremony to recognize NTC our coming of age," said Ruth Bohse, the manager of the Village of Owen Brown.

As part of the celebration, the village will also remember its history by inviting all past members of the association's board to attend the festival, which will be held at Lake Elkhorn Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., said Ms. Bohse, who is helping to organize the event.

The Columbia Concert Band will play "Happy Birthday" at the opening ceremony and then give a 45-minute performance.

"The event is important because it is a time our community comes out and has a fun time together," Ms. Bohse said. "People get to know the other people living nearby."

All of the traditions of the Lake Elkhorn Festival will continue, including the pet show, fishing contest and auction of items donated by local businesses.

"In our pet show, we make sure that every pet is a winner in some category," Ms. Bohse said. "We get around 30 or so pets. It's mostly cats and dogs, but we do get unusual pets, including a miniature pony one year."

The fishing contest, scheduled to be held from noon to 3 p.m., will award prizes for longest fish, heaviest fish and most fish caught.

Other featured attractions include pony rides, a moonwalk and a tent dedicated to games and activities for children.

Vendors selling food and arts and crafts will be on hand. "Of course, the political candidates will be at the festival, too," Ms. Bohse said.

The community association spent about $3,600 on last year's festival and its costs will be a little more this year, Ms. Bohse said. But the association expects eventually to break even -- despite the free admission to the festival -- through fees charged to vendors and other smaller sources of revenue.

In addition to the Concert Band's opening performance, other scheduled live acts include the Calico Cloggers at noon and 1:30 p.m., Partners in Fun at 2:15 p.m. and a magic show by Dean Turner at 4 p.m. The pet show will be held at 3 p.m. and the auctions are at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The association is hoping that this year's festival will break with one unfortunate tradition associated with event -- bad weather.

"We have a reputation for bad weather. When we tell people the date, they often say, 'I guess it's going to rain that day,' " Ms. Bohse said. "We're due for a good day, and I hope we get it this year."

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