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.  


The Bicentennial Commemorative Button Contest will begin March 1, 2019 and run through October 18, 2019.  The rules are simple! Snap a picture on your phone of you and your friends wearing the Bicentennial Button.  Be creative!  Post it on Instagram with the hashtag #owencountyin200  You could win $50 and be featured in the Evening World! The winner will be announced November 1, 2019


This event is exclusively for all third grade students in Owen County. The day is intended to partner with the Indiana History curriculum.  Third graders will descend upon downtown Spencer and take turns visiting three locations. At each location the students will meet local government officials, learn about Indiana history and take part in interactive demonstrations geared to make learning fun!


On May 19, 2019 The Bicentennial Committee will be hosting a FREE picnic on the square for all of Owen County. The event will begin at 12:30 pm and last until 3:00 pm. There will be free food and entertainment! Our Bicentennial Ambassadors will be there to share stories and facts about Owen County. Bring a lawn chair and have a fun day with your family!


In May and June, The Owen County Civic Theatre will present The Bicentennial Pageant. This play was originally written and performed for the Centennial celebration of Owen County's first pioneer settler Phillip Hart in 1916. The pageant has now had recent history added and will be performed at three different locations throughout Owen County. As always, this is a FREE event. Check back for dates and locations.


2019 will bring Fireworks back to Owen County!!  It has been over a decade since Owen County has hosted its own firework display for the 4th of July. The Bicentennial Committee is making sure we celebrate this year in style. Once again the citizens of Owen County can Celebrate their county and their county with a firework display! The fireworks display will take place in the field between the YMCA and Wal-Mart. The display will be on Friday, July 5th, when the sun goes down. 


The Owen County Bicentennial Committee will have a booth at the fair and at each of the festival's throughout Owen County.  The Booth will offer the opportunity to meet and talk with the Ambassadors and Jr. Ambassadors. The Booth will have an interactive display representing each area of Owen County. There will also be an opportunity to have your name included in the Bicentennial time capsule, learn some Owen County trivia, play some games, and win some prizes. The Bicentennial Booth changes depending on its location so there will always be something new to check out! 


Owen County Fair - July

Coal City Festival - August

Gosport Lazy Days - August

Apple Butter Festival - September

Freedom Reunion - September

Cataract Bean Dinner - October 


September 11, 2019, the Bicentennial Committee will partner with the VFW and American Legion to honor all of Owen County's veterans and those who serve in our military. The ceremony will be held at the court house and a commemorative photograph will be taken to be placed in the Bicentennial time capsule. 


On November 1, The Bicentennial Committee will place a time capsule in the Dome of the Owen County courthouse to be opened on the Tri-Centennial Of Owen County, the year 2119.  The Bicentennial Booth will offer individuals the opportunity to have their name placed in the time capsule and be a part of history!


The Owen County Bicentennial Will finish its year long Celebration on December 6th, celebrating Christmas and bringing in the next century!  The Bicentennial Committee will look with expectation on the future of its "INDIANA HOME" !