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Red, white, blue and hot for the Osage County Fair Parade

Conklin Plumbing’s first place float was red, white and blue from top hat to bottom.

By Jeanette Swarts
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

The annual Osage County Fair Parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, was Thursday evening, June 28, 2018. The theme for the parade this year was “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”.

Diane Michael, parade chairman, did a fantastic job coordinating a variety of entries including the Boy Scouts of Osage City starting the parade as flag bearers, emergency vehicles, including city and county law enforcement, ambulance and fire department, parade marshal Mary Lou Estes, Mr. and Mrs. Osage City Jerry and Marilyn Giesy, floats, golf carts and ATVs, band, politicians, antique tractors, and horses. Even though the heat index was very extreme at parade time, participants were eager to have a great time and the spectators seemed to enjoy the entries.

2018 Osage County Fair Parade Marshal Mary Lou Estes.

2018 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City Jerry and Marilyn Giesy.

The float awards went to first place, $125, Conklin Plumbing; second place, $100, Friends of Pomona State Park; third place, $75, Osage County Republican Women; fourth place, $50, Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club.

Boyd Woodyard had the first place golf cart, along with the most hats.

The golf cart and ATV entry awards went to first place, $30, Boyd Woodyard; second place, $20, First National Bank of Kansas; third place, $10, April Pete .

First National Bank of Kansas, second place golf cart.

We are hoping that next year there will be more involvement of floats and school bands, and others, so there will be a larger parade for 2019. Your support contributes to the growth of our community.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce and parade committee would like to take this opportunity to thank those that participated in the 2018 Osage City Fair Parade.

Coloring contest winners enjoy their firetruck ride.

This year, the Chamber had a coloring contest for first through sixth grades. The entries submitted were well done and the selection was difficult. Eight winners were selected to ride on one of the fire trucks in the parade. The winners were first Grade, Devin Theel and Ashlyn Nihiser; second Grade, Kaylee Theel and Jordyn Lickteig; third Grade, Sophia Brabb; fourth Grade, Justin McKnight; fifth Grade, Kasen Parsons; sixth Grade, Maddie Renfro. All of the submitted entries are in the old store windows at Sixth and Market streets. Everyone is invited to take a look at the work of some of the young artists in the community.

Conklin Plumbing’s float includes a portable potty brigade.

See more Osage County Fair and parade photos here. Photos by Wayne White.

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