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Chamber Chatter: Springtime sprouts activity in local business community

Osage City spring citywide garage sales, April 16-17, 2021

The holidays have been over for a couple months, the ground hog saw his shadow; however, spring time is just around the corner and it is time to get ready to do some spring cleaning. It will soon be that time of the year to sign up for the spring Osage City citywide garage sales, set for April 16 and 17, 2021. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some of that “stuff” you never use and free up some space.

To sign up, contact Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727. She has revised the area map and is more user friendly, providing a chart for the type of items at the garage sales. She will need your name – as you want it listed on the map, address, a phone number in case of questions about the sale, if you are having the sale Friday and Saturday or Saturday only, what area you are on the map, type of items that you will be selling, and a $5 donation fee. Gundy is also working to make the map available per the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and website. The proceeds go towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates. The deadline for adding a sale to the garage sale map is 5 p.m. April 13.

Edward Jones Investments relocates to new office

Dec. 22, 2020, marked the first day of relocation for the Osage City Edward Jones office. Financial advisor Robyn Williams and her team moved east on Market Street one block, from 516 Market St., where the office had been located for 27 years, to 622 Market St.

New Edward Jones office at 622 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Williams has been an Edward Jones financial advisor for more than 24 years and works to understand the individual goals of her clients prior to assisting them with their financial needs. Her primary goal is to help individual investors develop an investment strategy geared toward their family’s long-term goals. Her team has built their business by treating their clients as they would want to be treated.

Robyn graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree in business communications, a finance minor and a leadership studies certification. She began her career with Edward Jones in Beloit, Kan., in 1996; then moved to Emporia, Kan., before taking over as the financial advisor in Osage City in June 2001. In August 2008, she earned the accredited asset management specialist designation from the College of Financial Planning. She celebrated her 25-year anniversary with Edward Jones on March 4.

In her Osage City office, Williams is joined by two branch office administrators: Mandi Potter, has more than 22 years of experience in the Osage City branch, and Jen Koch, who has three and a half years of experience.

The Osage City Edward Jones team is planning to have a grand opening at the new location when corporate COVID-19 guidelines allow.

Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship

Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship will be celebrating its 18th annual event April 9-10, 2021. Friday evening’s Taste of Osage City will get underway at 5 p.m. in Jones Park. BBQ Bucks will be on sale prior to the event at Osage City Hall; and at Osage City Community Building during the Friday evening event. The celebration will include a live band outdoors along with a fireworks display.

Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show

The 17th annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show, will be Saturday, April 10, 2021, in downtown Osage City. This year, the Twin Lakes Cruisers will be having additional attractions along with the auto show including the Manhatchet Axe Throw, a craft show at St. Brigid Hall, and also the senior center will be kicking off the citywide garage sales a week early, with a thrift sale at the center.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce seeks 2021 scholarship applications

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. High School graduation is just around the corner and the Chamber is encouraging seniors that are furthering their education to get with Kathy Camarena, Osage City High School counselor, and ask for application information. For the Osage City Chamber of Commerce application, data needed to apply is a transcript, two letters of reference, and an essay from the student on importance of owning and operating a business in a small town. Application must be postmarked by April 23, 2021. The announcement of the winners will be dependent upon the status of the school allowing visitor participation in such events. The 2020 scholarships were awarded to Dylan Shaffer and Kaitlyn Heiserman.

Osage County Fair and Parade

July 7-10, 2021 will be the dates for the Osage County Fair, in Osage City, with the theme for the fair and parade, “Honoring Hometown Heroes”. The parade will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 9. The entertainment committee of the fair held its first meeting and is in the beginning stages of some fun and exciting activities throughout the fair week. Plans are to have the annual talent show. Information regarding sign up will be available soon. Plans are to bring back the demo derby, which will be held Friday evening after the traditional parade. A new feature to the fair this year is going to be a “Bed Race”. The date and time have not been determined yet; however, you might start thinking about building a bed to enter in the contest. Hopefully it will be a “rolling success” Rules and regulations will be announced soon. Several events are in the planning stages to be announced soon.

Adam Burnett, parade chairman, is in the process of creating some new and innovative concepts for the parade for this year. He will provide information regarding the parade and a form will be available soon to submit an entry for the parade. The Chamber of Commerce will be offering $350 in cash prizes for four places of float entries and $60 in cash prizes for three places of golf cart and ATV entries. For more information about the fair parade, contact Burnett at 785-760-0621.

Community fireworks celebration

The date for the annual community fireworks show hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce will be Saturday, July 10, 2021. A committee will be selected and will start working on plans that will include activities for the families to enjoy. The event is one of the more expensive events that is offered to the community and it takes a joint effort of financial resources to help supplement the cost of the fireworks. The Chamber was very pleased with the positive response of the sponsorship from businesses and individuals for last year and hope to meet the projected goal of $8,500.00 for this year. The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to ask your support toward the 2021 budget to cover the cost of the fireworks display. To make a donation for the fireworks event, send to Osage City Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 56, Osage City, KS 66523.

The community continues to support the major events that occur throughout the year and the Chamber would like to be able to continue to offer the fireworks celebration. We appreciate your consideration and enthusiasm for our event. Your support contributes to the growth of our community. Thank you.

Christmas on Market Street

Christmas on Market Street theme “Candyland Christmas” was selected for the 2021 event which will be held in November. The date for the event will be determined in the near future.

Veterans banner project continues

Sample veterans banner.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce continues to receive a positive response with the veterans banner project. We are continuing to add new banners and still have room for more. The Chamber would like to thank the families that have submitted their nominee. The Chamber look forward to the opportunity to display these banners in recognition of the individuals that have served or are presently serving to protect our country. The banners are displayed during the months of May and November in recognition of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

If any family member or friend of a Veteran is interested in sponsoring their name, banner project information and application forms are available from Jodi Lohmeyer-Stark State Farm office, 618 Market St., Osage City, or Osage City Chamber website,; email; or contact Jeanette Swarts, 785-249-5451. The banners cost $150 for a large banner, 26 inches by 50 inches.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to making sure our veterans are appreciated and honored. Osage City has many veterans deserving of the recognition so we would like to encourage families or friends to fill out the application and submit their name.

For more information about the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, contact Jeanette Swarts, Chamber executive director, at 785-249-5451,, or see

Information thanks to Jeanette Swarts and Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

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