Osage County Fair: Hats off to the red, white and blue

Summer’s heating up just like Osage County’s fair season. With Melvern’s Sunflower Days completed last week, things are starting to sizzle at the Osage City fairgrounds for the Osage County Fair, starting Wednesday, June 27, and running to Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Thursday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will be the annual fair parade, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, with a patriotic theme of “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue.” While the fair officially ends Saturday, the chamber is also providing an explosive finale on Sunday in the form of a community celebration and fireworks display. Other fun during the fair week includes a pie-baking contest, cooking demonstration, backyard basketball tournament, kids’ games, pedal tractor pull, barnyard Olympics, antique tractor show, and finishing up with an ice cream social before the fireworks on Sunday. See the complete schedule below.

Osage County Fair, Osage City, Kan., June 27-30, 2018
Schedule of events

Wednesday, June 27

  • 7 a.m. – Fairgrounds open to the public.
  • 8-11 a.m. – All exhibits entry (including animal costume contest).
  • 11:15 a.m. – Mandatory livestock exhibitor meeting – Fredrickson Arena.
  • 1 p.m. – Judging starts for exhibits – exhibits building (closed to the public while judging).
  • 5 p.m. – 4-H style revue – community building.
  • 7 p.m. – 4-H sheep and goat show – Fredrickson Arena.

Thursday, June 28

  • 5-7:30 p.m. – Registration and check-in for pie baking contest in community building.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Osage City Chamber of Commerce Fair Parade; theme “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”; downtown Osage City.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 4-H bucket calf and dairy show – Fredrickson Arena.
  • 7 p.m. – 4-H beef show – Fredrickson Arena.
  • 7-11 p.m. – Carnival.
  • 7 p.m. – Family fun night, dunk tank, local live band entertainment.
  • 7:30 p.m. – “Blue Ribbon Pie Baking Contest” judging in community building.

Friday, June 29

  • 8 a.m. – Donuts and juice.
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H livestock judging contest – Fredrickson Arena.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 4-H rabbit and poultry show – pavilion.
  • 1-2:30 p.m. – Petting zoo coordinated by the Willing Workers Leadership Project – Fredrickson Arena.
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H and open class animal costume contest – Fredrickson Arena.
  • 5 p.m. – Cooking demonstration in community building.
  • 5:30-6 p.m. – Registration, team check-in for “3 on 3” basketball tournament – basketball court, east of community building.
  • 6 p.m. – 4-H swine show – Fredrickson Arena.
  • 6:30 p.m. – “3 on 3” basketball tournament – basketball court, east of community building.
  • 7-11 p.m. – Carnival.

Saturday, June 30

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H round robin showmanship sponsored by Edward Jones Investments – Fredrickson Arena.
  • 9 a.m. – Antique tractor show – Frontier District tractor restoration project, west of football field.
  • 10 a.m. – Old fashioned kids games – outside pavilion.
  • 11 a.m. – Kids pedal tractor pull.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Team check-in for Barnyard Olympics – outside pavilion.
  • 1 p.m. – Barnyard Olympics – outside pavilion.
  • 4-5:30 p.m. – All exhibits released from fairground – exhibits building/livestock barns
  • 6:30 p.m. – 4-H livestock premium sale – Fredrickson Arena; 4-H barn quilt competition and fundraiser during livestock premium sale.
  • 7-11 p.m. – Carnival.
  • 9 p.m. – 5K “Glow Fun Run” event and dance party – football stadium grandstand.

Sunday, July 1

Osage City community event – Disc golf tournament, at ball diamonds; community choir patriotic concert, Grace Lutheran Church, local band entertainment.

  • 8 p.m. – Ice cream social – at pavilion.
  • 10 p.m. approximately – Community fireworks display coordinated by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

Fairgrounds close daily 30 minutes after last evening event. Exhibits building hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information about the fair, see www.osagecountyfair.org or www.osagecitychamber.com

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