Multi-mode transportation brings visitors to Smoke in the Spring

Walk, ride, drive or fly – there’s more than one way to get to Osage City’s annual barbecue celebration. The Smoke in the Spring competition heats up at Jones Park on Saturday, but the weekend celebration really starts cooking in Osage City’s downtown, where this year the 10th annual Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto Show will be staged between Fourth and Seventh streets along Market Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, with much focus on the city’s airport earlier this year, the Wings in the Spring fly-in has been scheduled in conjunction with the weekend celebration.

Last year’s car show, hosted by the Twin Lakes Cruisers and also held in conjunction with Smoke in the Spring, attracted more than 200 entries, lining Osage City’s downtown with all makes and models of cars, trucks, vans, classic, vintage, street rods, rat rods, muscle cars and motorcycles.

A bigger show is planned for this Saturday, as an extra block of Market Street will be cordoned off for the invited auto exhibitors. Also planned are Hot Wheels races at 1 p.m. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the car show, contact Richard Swarts at 785-528-3667.

For the fly-in at Osage City Airport, pilots of vintage, specialty, experimental or other aircraft have been invited to land to enjoy Osage City’s hospitality Friday or Saturday. Scheduled to be on the tarmac providing ground control Saturday are cadets of the Civil Air Patrol. A free shuttle will transport pilots and passengers either to the Taste of Osage City on Friday night, or Osage City’s downtown and the car show on Saturday. The hosts will also provide donuts and coffee to pilots on Saturday.

For more information about the fly-in, contact Mike Handly at [email protected] or 785-231-9085.

Osage City is located about 30 miles southwest of Topeka. Directions:

  • By car, From U.S. 75 and state Highway 31, go west seven miles. Follow K-31 through town to Market Street, where the car show will be held, or if visiting for the Taste of Osage City on Friday, head to the west side of town, to Market and Martin streets, go four blocks south, Jones Park is on the east side.
  • By airplane: Osage City’s airport is on the east side of town. Approach from the south, touch down and stop before reaching the end of the 2,560-foot runway. Taxi to the aprons or where guided, and greeters will assist you.
  • By foot, bicycle or horse: Approach from the east or west on the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Follow the trail until you hit an obstacle, or head south on Ninth Street or First Street to Market Street, and follow the above directions for cars.

Photo thanks to Rick Potter.


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