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Overbrook Osage County Fair begins today

Facing a rain forecast for the next two days, Overbrook Osage County Fair gets under way Wednesday evening, with entry open for most exhibits.

Besides the August rain, the fair will have another change this year, with only one parade instead of two as has been the custom for a number of years. Float entrants, following the theme of “Life on the Farm”, will have an opportunity to go home from the Saturday evening parade with hefty cash prizes.

Floats are judged on theme portrayal, skirt design and arrangement, color theme, neatness and artistry. The three float categories include most realistic, true to theme, and the most humorous or comical. First place will earn the winner $200; second place, $125, and third place $75. 4- H floats will be judged separately, with prizes of $125 for first place and $75 for second place.

Chairpersons of the parade are Scott Averill and Denise Hoback. For information about registration or the parade, contact Averill at [email protected] or call: 785-224-3453.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, with parade participants to arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. Floats will line up on Market Street, west of Maple Street, with band buses and vehicles parking south of O’Bryhim’s grocery store.

Battle of the Bands

Another Saturday night highlight will be the high school “Battle of the Bands” contest. A panel of celebrity judges will make the call of awarding prize money to the top five bands. First place prize is $1,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500; fourth place, $300; and fifth place, $200. All local high school bands are encouraged to participate.


The horse show started the fair on Saturday, but Wednesday night is the official opening with entries for most exhibits, 6-9 p.m., except for dogs and hand pets, which will enter prior to their shows. Foods can be brought Wednesday evening or Thursday morning by 9 a.m. Livestock can arrive on Wednesday, but entry will be Thursday morning by 10 a.m.

Sheep and goats are to arrive at 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and must be checked by a veterinarian prior to unloading. No sheep or goats can be unloaded Thursday.

At 7 p.m. will be the lawn mower pull, and at 7:30 p.m. will be the king and queen crowning ceremony at the show arena, along with the kids’ pedal pull contest.


Thursday morning, 8-9 a.m., entries for cooking will be accepted, with judging beginning at 9. The food will be for sale after the judging. From 8 a.m. to noon will be sign-up for the photography judging contest. Frontier Farm Credit is sponsoring donuts and juice at the show arena 8-10 a.m., which is also the time to weigh in all beef, sheep, swine and goats. At 1 p.m., photography judging begins.

Beginning at 7 p.m. is the swine show, and the diesel truck and off-the-farm tractor pull. Thursday, 6-10 p.m., is also wristband night for the carnival presented by Lewellen Amusements.


Friday events begin with the 8 a.m. sheep show. At 2 p.m. are the bucket calf, dairy and goat shows. The beef show starts at 7 p.m. Also at 7 p.m. will be the circle track races. No glass containers will be allowed in the arena.


Saturday, dog and pet entries are due 30 minutes before their shows. Rabbit, poultry and hand pet shows begin at 8 a.m.; the 4-H dog show, held at the south end of the fairgrounds, will start at 8:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the kids contests begin at Jones Park ball diamonds.

Following the 6 p.m. parade will be the parade of champion livestock at 6:55 p.m., followed by the 4-H livestock sale at 7:15, with the livestock buyers’ dinner after the sale. For more information about the sale, contact Dennis or Danielle Garrison at 785-250-4802.

The fair’s finale Saturday evening is the demolition derby, beginning at 7:30.

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