Family fair fun scheduled for Osage County Fair, June 29 – July 2, 2016

Exhibitors show their calves in the first show held in the newly constructed Fredrickson Arena during last year’s Osage County Fair.

The Osage County Fair officially began last Saturday with a horse show at Lyndon Saddle Club, but the activity will really begin buzzing today as the fair sets up at the Jones Park fairgrounds in Osage City. While everyone can expect their old favorites at the fair this year, the fair board has planned some different types of activities focused on family fun.

Of course as the fair gets underway Wednesday morning, exhibitors have one thing on their mind – getting registered to put their exhibits on display. Shows kick off that evening with the bucket calf, dairy and beef show in the newly constructed Fredrickson Arena, which was dedicated at the start of exhibitions at last year’s fair. (See related story here.)

An old time favorite of the crowd, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s fair parade begins the entertainment as it rolls along Market Street starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Around 7 p.m. Thursday, the entertainment continues at the fairgrounds with “Family Fun Night”. In addition to the opening of the carnival, magician Eric Vaughn will do street-side magic for fair-goers, and then will put on a magic show at 8 p.m. near the Osage City Community Building.

Friday night, the fair will really start rocking as the 35th Infantry Division Rock Band fires up the fun beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the community building. By the time the band takes the stage, Chef Allie will already have the place cooking with a demonstration at 5 p.m. in the community building. Teams will also start suiting up around 6 p.m. to compete in the Barnyard Olympics. Around 9:30 that evening, an outdoor movie “Sandlot” will be shown near the community building.

Saturday, the fair won’t wind down until dark, with a street dance starting at 8 p.m. featuring the band Just Passin Thru, and fireworks beginning around 10:30 p.m. Daytime fun will include a kids fun tractor pull at the Fredrickson Arena at 11 a.m. The Willing Workers 4-H Club will show off its latest tractor project along with past projects and other antique tractors beginning around 9 a.m. west of the football field. An antique tractor parade will follow the show at 1 p.m. in downtown Osage City.

2016 Osage County Fair Schedule

Tuesday, June 28

  • 6 p.m. Fair setup – any exhibitors helping with fair setup may reserve livestock pens and cages.

Wednesday, June 29

  • 7 a.m. Fairgrounds open; livestock barns open for all animals except sheep and goats
  • 8-11 a.m. Entry of exhibits – 4-H, Cloverbuds, FFA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and open class. Entry cards available in parks and recreation building; animal entry in Fredrickson Arena, including animal costume contest.
  • 9-11 a.m. Sheep and goats unload and vet check
  • 9:30 a.m. Livestock weigh-in begins
  • 1 p.m. Judging of exhibits – parks and recreation building
  • 6:30 p.m. Bucket calf, dairy and beef show – Fredrickson Arena

Thursday, June 30

  • 8 a.m. Donuts and juice.
  • 8:30 a.m. Goat and sheep show – Fredrickson Arena
  • 6:30 p.m. Osage City Chamber of Commerce Fair Parade – Theme “Remember When”; downtown Osage City.
  • 7 p.m. “Family Fun Night” Magician Eric Vaughn on premises; face painting.
  • 7-11 p.m. Carnival, $25 for wristband for unlimited rides
  • 7:30 p.m. Swine show – Fredrickson Arena
  • 8 p.m. Magic show featuring magician Eric Vaughn and “Mr. Tinkles” the Bunny – north of community building.

Friday, July 1

  • 8 a.m. 4-H dog show – Fredrickson Arena
  • 9 a.m. 4-H cat and pet show – Fredrickson Arena
  • 10 a.m. 4-H rabbit and poultry show – pavilion
  • 4 p.m. 4-H and open class animal costume contest – Fredrickson Arena
  • 5 p.m. Chef Allie – cooking demonstration – community building
  • 6 p.m. Team check-in for Barnyard Olympics
  • 6:30 p.m. Barnyard Olympics (including celebrity round robin showmanship) – north of community building
  • 7 p.m. Round robin showmanship – Fredrickson Arena
  • 7-11 p.m. Carnival, $25 for wristband for unlimited rides
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. 35th Infantry Division Rock Band – community building
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m. Business fair – near community building
  • 9:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie – “Sandlot” – near community building

Saturday, July 2

  • 9 a.m. Livestock Judging Contest – Fredrickson Arena
  • 9 a.m. Antique tractor show, Willing Workers 4-H Tractor Project – west of football field
  • 11 a.m. Kids fun pedal tractor pull – Fredrickson Arena (Kids games to follow tractor pull.)
  • 12-3 p.m. All exhibits released from fairgrounds, including livestock.
  • 1 p.m. Parade of antique tractors – downtown Osage City
  • 6 p.m. 4-H livestock sale – Fredrickson Arena
  • 7-11 p.m. Carnival, $25 for wristband for unlimited rides
  • 8 p.m. “Just Passin Thru”, band and street dance
  • 10:30 p.m. (approximately) Community fireworks display
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The Osage County Fair’s Fredrickson Arena was dedicated June 24, 2015, in memory of Doren D. Fredrickson. In a ribbon cutting ceremony, Fredrickson’s family members, along with family of Dale Scheid, and Osage County’s 4-H queen and king Morgan Woodbury and Cody Atchison, cut the ribbon to open the arena for its first show.

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