Osage County Fair: Sing sweet songs of summer

Gone but not forgotten, the Osage City Lions Club food stand no longer stands at the Osage County Fairgrounds. The club’s food stand will be near the community building in tents during this week’s fair.

There will be singing and there’s no doubt it’s summer, and this week is time to experience both during the Osage County Fair at Osage City.

The fair gets under way Wednesday, but the fair parade will be on Thursday evening, and will have spectators lining Market Street and enjoying the “Songs of Summer”, the parade’s theme this year.

The parade is sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, which will accept parade entries up until line-up time at 6 p.m. July 11. The parade lines up on west Market Street. All floats to be judged should be in line by 6:15. Spectators should be in their favorite viewing spots by 7 p.m., parade start time. Call Casey Karnes or Shannon Morgan at 785-528-3138 to register a float. Prizes will be given for first place, $75, second place, $50, and third place, $25.

One highlight of this year’s parade will be the Cruz Line Drum Band, which will serenade the crowd with their beat in the parade and afterward at the fair.

The fairgrounds open early Wednesday morning at 7, with the livestock barns open for all animals except sheep and goats, which are to unload at 9 a.m.

Beginning at 8 a.m. and until 11 a.m., all exhibits are to be entered, including 4-H, Cloverbuds, FFA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and open class entries. Entry cards will be available in community building and the Osage City Parks and Recreation building. Animal registration will be in the pavilion.

At 1 p.m., judging of exhibits begins at the community building and the OCPR building. The bucket calf, dairy and beef show begins at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion.

Thursday’s events open at 8:30 a.m. with the swine show in the pavilion, followed by the rabbit and poultry show at 9:30 a.m. in the livestock barns.

Thursday is also the first day of the carnival, which opens at 6 p.m. nightly, with the Osage County Fair Board offering “wrist band night” on Thursday and Friday. The wristbands, which are sold for $20 prior to Thursday and $25 at the gate, allow the wearer to ride all of the rides they want for one evening. The carnival will also be running Saturday.

Advance wristband coupons will be sold through today (Tuesday) at Bank of Osage City, Osage City Library, Stromgren Greenhouse, First National Bank of Kansas, and Landmark National Bank. All day Wednesday, the wristband coupons will be sold at the fair board office located in the pavilion.

Due to ongoing construction of USD 420’s sports facilities, the fairgrounds have been reorganized this year. Instead of its usual location, which is now a construction zone, the carnival will be located east and north of the OCPR building and west of the aquatic center.

The Songs of Summer Parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. The goat and sheep show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion.

Also affected by the construction is the traditional Osage City Lions Club food stand, which has been razed to make room for the school sports facilities. The local Lions Club, famous for its hamburgers and homemade pies, will have its food stand in tents near the community building. The food stand is open throughout the fair.

Friday will also be filled up with activities, beginning at 8 a.m. with the dog show at the pavilion; at 10 a.m. cats and other pets will be shown.

Pies for the pie contest can be entered between noon and 4 p.m. Friday at the OCPR building, with judging to follow, and hopefully the judges singing summer songs of sweet success to the winners. The entries will then be sold in a silent auction 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, see this story.

At 7 p.m., the round robin showmanship exhibition will begin at the pavilion.

For those who want to listen to real singing, the talent show begins at 7 p.m. at the Osage City Schools auditorium. The show, which encourages locals to sing summer songs or share whatever talent they might have, is sponsored by Harmon Dental.

Due to the talent show’s location this year at the school, a bus will operate to transport spectators from the school to the fairgrounds for the evening’s finale, the fireworks show.

This year the fireworks show is dedicated to Steve Kellison, longtime fair board member and volunteer, who recently passed away. The show starts at 10:15 p.m. and the fireworks will be shot from an area southeast of the furthest southeast ball diamond. Best suggested viewing locations are the parking area west of Martin Street, the tennis courts, the skateboard park and areas south and east of it; and the outfield of the northwest ball diamond.

Although some of the fair parking areas are not available this year due to the construction, parking is available for all fair activities, including the fireworks show. In addition to the parking on the west side of Martin Street, there is parking adjacent to the pavilion. Those who don’t mind walking a short distance to the carnival or fair exhibits can also park at the ball diamonds. As always, parking is also available on side streets near the fairgrounds.

On the last day of the fair, Saturday, events begin at 9 a.m. at the pavilion with livestock judging. At the conclusion of the contest all animals will be released from the fairgrounds. All other fair exhibits will be released from the fair from noon to 3 p.m.; during that time premiums will be paid at the fair office in the pavilion. Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon will be the Cowboy Olympics. At 6 p.m. the 4-H livestock sale begins.

The Cruz Line Drum Band entertains the parade crowd at Melvern's Sunflower Days. Photo thanks to Larry Salisbury.

The Cruz Line Drum Band entertains the parade crowd at Melvern’s Sunflower Days. Photo thanks to Larry Salisbury.

 

Revised 10:15 p.m. July 9, 2013. Lions Club will not serve breakfast this year and will serve from tents near the community building.

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