Fair but partly cloudy: Melvern enjoys Sunflower Days despite stormy weather

The Sunflower Days parade always draws a crowd to downtown Melvern. Photo by Jeff Burkdoll.

The Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair happened last week, despite Mother Nature trying to dampen the atmosphere for Osage County’s first fair of the season.

Rainstorms, generator problems, and cancelled carnival rides presented obstacles for the fair organizers, but in the following report local 4-Her Bella Reeser tells us that the fun continued anyway and the fair was enjoyed by many.


Sunflower Days 2019

By Bella Reeser
Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club

Hot temperatures, 4-H projects, cotton candy, parades and rides are all indicators that fair time is here. This year’s Melvern Sunflower Days was held June 20-22, 2019, in the Melvern City Park.

Even though weather conditions weren’t ideal, it didn’t stop hundreds of fairgoers from coming out to support their local fair. As always, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H club did their part in supporting their local fair. The fair parade theme this year was  “Small Town USA – Redneck Jamboree!”

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members strutted their stuff in the parade with their walking float; club members dressed in a club T-shirt and covered themselves in American pride decor.

Following the parade the club held a fundraiser homemade ice cream social at the Melvern Community Center. To make this year’s social even more special, Lloyd and Kathy Sowers loaned their engine and knowledge to the club and produced the ice cream in front of everyone’s eyes.

Even though the weather wasn’t great, it was still a successful time at the fair this year.


Enjoy these photos of Sunflower Days by Jeff Burkdoll, Bella Reeser and others.

Bingo, an all-time favorite activity at Melvern’s Sunflower Days. Photo by Jeff Burkdoll.

Melvern Jr. Highline members’ walking float: Bella Reeser, Harper Melton, Ellie Sowers, Braelyn McNally, Allie Reeser, Justin Brinkley, Levi Arb, Gradey McNally, Colt Sowers, and Landon Roy. Courtesy photo.

Lloyd and Kathy Sowers’ engine produced the power to make ice cream for the fair’s ice cream social. Courtesy photo.

Braelyn McNally and Bella Reeser “wind their minds” on a ride at the 2019 Sunflower Days. Courtesy photo.

Sunflower Days parade route 2019. Photo by Jeff Burkdoll.


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