Overbrook’s abuzz with preparations for final county fair of 2014

This year’s Overbrook Osage County Fair parade will again feature a “battle of the bands” with competition open to any high school bands. Santa Fe Trail High School’s band took third place and won $500 in prize money for their performance last year.

Summer is zipping by, it’s August, and that means you should be getting your exhibits ready for next week’s Overbrook Osage County Fair, the county’s last fair of the year.

The fair officially opens tomorrow, Aug. 9, with the annual 4-H horse show, but all other fair events and exhibits get under way Wednesday, Aug. 13, with exhibit entries beginning at 8 a.m. that day.

Entertainment

This year’s fair features four nights of entertainment in the arena, along with three nights of carnival, with wrist bands for rides sold each evening. The arena entertainment starts with a lawn mower pull Wednesday evening, followed by diesel truck and off-farm tractor pull Thursday, circle track races Friday, and Saturday’s demolition derby as a finale.

Parade

Saturday, Aug. 16, will also be the day for the annual fair parade, which starts at 6 p.m., with the theme this year as “Reality Shows”. Prizes will be given in three categories for floats or entries that are the most realistic, true to theme, and most humorous or comical, with $200 for first place, $125 for second, and $75 for third.

The parade will also feature a battle of the bands, with high school bands from the area invited to compete for cash prizes, with first place getting $1,500, second place, $1,000, third place, $500, fourth place, $300; and fifth place, $200.

Children are also invited to walk in the parade, following the color guard. Kids are asked to gather at the Overbrook Clinic parking log no later than 6 p.m.

Co-chairpersons of the parade are Scott Averill and Denise Hoback. For more information or to register for the parade, email [email protected] or call 785-224-3453.

Kids’ day

The last day of the fair will also be a kids’ day, with children younger than 14 invited to compete in the kids contests starting at 10 a.m. at the soccer fields (following the 9:30 a.m. dog). Contestants’ pre-contest workout should include developing skills for the following competitions: Turtle race, tire rolling contest, sack race (bring your own sack), potato spoon contest, 25 yard dash (5 and under), 50 yard dash (6-9), 75 yard dash (10-12 and 13-14) softball throwing contest (6 and under, 7-10, 11-14), tiny tots slow bicycle contest (6 and under), bicycle elimination contest, bicycle speed contest (9 and under, 10-14), bubble gum contest (open to all ages), 3-legged race (with a partner).

Children’s pedal tractor pull

At noon that day, the kids pedal tractor pull begins, with winners qualifying for the state fair. Boys and girls ages 4 through 13 will compete against each other. All contestants must be able to pedal the tractor without assistance, and must wear shoes.

Horse show

The Overbrook 4-H Horse Show, in conjunction with the Overbrook Osage County Fair, will be at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the fairgrounds in Overbrook. All participants are members of the Osage County 4-H HAY Club. Spectators are invited.

Overbrook Osage County Fair Schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • 8-11 a.m. Entries open for all entries (except dog and hand pet show)
  • 8-10 a.m. Arrival of livestock
  • 11 a.m. Judging begins
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Weigh-in of all beef, sheep, swine and goats
  • 1 p.m. Photography judging
  • 6 p.m. King and queen crowning
  • 7 p.m. Swine show
  • 7 p.m. Arena show – lawn mower pull

Thursday, Aug. 14

  • 9 a.m. Rabbit show
  • 12 p.m. Poultry show
  • 7 p.m. Sheep show
  • 7 p.m. Arena show – diesel truck and off-farm tractor pull

Friday, Aug. 15

  • 9 a.m. Goat, followed by dairy show
  • 6 p.m. Bucket calf show
  • 7 p.m. Beef show
  • 7 p.m. Arena show – circle track races

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • 9 a.m. Pet show; dog and pet entries due 30 minutes prior to show
  • 9:30 a.m. Dog show (south end of fairgrounds)
  • 10 a.m. Kids contest at soccer fields
  • 12 p.m. Kids pedal tractor pull
  • 6 p.m. Fair parade through downtown
  • 6:55 p.m. Livestock parade of champions
  • 7:15 p.m. 4-H Livestock sale and buyer dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Arena show – demolition derby

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