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FunFest: All invited to Vassar for its annual fun fall celebration

1018015_vassarfunfest2015As the largest unincorporated city in Osage County, Vassar has developed a fun, fall family event that rivals its neighboring “big” towns. Started in 2008, Vassar’s FunFest has become a tradition for this community, with everyone in Osage County and beyond invited to enjoy the day in the town. Vassar FunFest is next week, Saturday, Oct. 24, starting off with a costume parade for kids of all ages. The day includes live musical entertainment, crafts, games, horse rides, pie contest, cookie decorating, car show and silent auction, with all activities centered around Vassar’s historical one-room schoolhouse and town square park.

Costumed kids who want to be in the parade should gather at the Vassar Post Office before 11 a.m., when the parade starts. The parade travels down Main Street to the schoolhouse, where winners will be announced and prizes given to the top three places in each age group. Since it’s a fun costume parade, scary or gory costumes are discouraged.

After costume judging, the crowd will be entertained by the BlueGrass Gypsies, musicians from Mark Houser Borderline Band.

The event helps raise funds for upkeep of the Vassar schoolhouse and the surrounding community park. Area volunteers will offer grilled burgers and hot dogs, homemade chili, pies, cookies, drinks and chips in the park shelter house, as a fundraiser concession stand.

Kids’ crafts will be offered at the schoolhouse from noon until 1:30 p.m., when games begin for all ages. Other activities include face painting, character sketches, bounce house, horse rides, and cookie decorating. All kids’ activities will be free.

All local pie makers are invited to enter the pie contest, which will undergo blind judging by an impartial panel of judges. Pie entries should be dropped off at the schoolhouse by 11:15 a.m. Oct. 24, to be judged in the contest. After judging, pie entries will be offered for sale as part of the concessions.

Silent auction items (new and gently used) will fill the one-room schoolhouse; bidding will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bidders need not be present at closing and will be contacted if they have the high bid on any items. To donate new or next to new items, contact Dianne Williams at 785-828-4284. Silent auction items will also be accepted at the schoolhouse 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, and 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

The car show will be on display in the town’s park, with prizes offered in several categories. For more information about the car show, contact Tony Horne at 785-214-9448.

For those who might want an early morning run or walk or gallop, registration for the Vassar 5K Goblin Gallop opens at 8:30 a.m. at Vassar United Methodist Church. Proceeds benefit Lane family of Lyndon. The 2- mile walk begins at 9:45 a.m.; 5K fun run starts at at 10 a.m. Breakfast will be available at the church 7-10 a.m.

Vassar is about 30 miles southeast of Topeka: Take Highway 75 south to Highway 268, east to Croco Road, and north 3/4 mile. For more information about the FunFest, call 785-828-4810; for car show information, call 785-214-9448; to make donations for the silent auction, call 785-828-4284.

Vassar welcomes you for a day of fall fun!

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