Owen County kicked off its 200th Birthday with a Commencement Ceremony held at the Spencer courthouse December 21, at 10:00 am. The event featured the historical re-enactment of Owen County settler John Dunn and his return from Corydon, Indiana with the official proclamation of Owen County's countyhood. Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor recipient, received gifts on behalf of the county from Senator Bassler and Senator Bray and Representative Heaton. Refreshments were provided by the Braysville Homemaker's Club
The Bicentennial Jr. Ambassador Essay Contest was held during Jan. and Feb. Students researched Owen County's rich history and created a 500 word essay that described why they called Owen County "My Indiana Home". The winners of the contest were Hailey Rubottom of Patricksburg, Alyeska Ranard of Spencer, James Hendrickson of Spencer, Allison Goss of Spencer, and Emma Potter of Freedom. They will have their work displayed throughout the county at the Owen County Bicentennial Booth during 2019 and will represent Owen County as a Bicentennial Jr. Ambassador. They will also visit the House and Senate floors on March 5th, 2019 and meet with their Senators and Representative. Winners will also have their essay placed in the Bicentennial time capsule.
The Bicentennial Art Contest is open to any school-aged youth living in Owen County. Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to research Owen County's rich history, using local resources such as the Owen County Heritage Museum and the Owen County Public Library, to create a drawing, painting or watercolor that best describes why they call Owen County "Our Indiana Home"
First place winners will win tickets to the Indiana State Museum and have their art displayed at a Bicentennial art reception. They will also receive a sketchpad and pencils. There will be prizes for second and third place winners as well as honorable mention
On March 5, 2019, The Bicentennial Committee, The Bicentennial Ambassadors, and Jr. Ambassadors participated in a Resolution to honor Owen County, its rich history, heritage, and its people. The resolution took place on both the House and Senate floors.