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Chamber Chatter: Osage County Fair to be ‘vacation destination’ for 2024

David and Jenny Shelton’s yard, 703 S. Sixth St., Osage City, has been selected as the Chamber’s Yard of the Month for June. See story below. Chamber photo.

The Osage County Fair Association and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce are partnering this year to present an Osage County Fair that will include two weeks of community and fair events separated by an intermission during the month of July.

The fair’s community events will be underway July 10-13, 2024, while the exhibition portion of the fair will be July 24-27.

For full the events and entertainment schedule, visit the fair association’s website at

Osage County Fair and Community Events

July 10-13 – Community events
July 24-27 – Osage County Fair 4-H and other exhibitions

Osage County Fair Parade

The theme for the fair and the parade is “Vacation Destination”. The parade will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. Adam Burnett is the parade chairman.

Prize money for float entries will be first, $125; second, $100; third, $75; fourth, $50. Prize money for golf cart and ATVs will be first, $30; second, $20; third, $10. For most creative horse and cart, $50 prize will be awarded; and for most creative horse and rider, $50. Plans are to have two categories for the horses this year with a monetary prize for each category. It is reminded that persons must be 17 years old to drive either golf carts or ATVs. No water balloons will be allowed in the parade.

Line-up starts at the west end of Market Street (around Bullseye Liquor and BP station). Judging for floats, golf carts and ATV’s will begin at 5:15 p.m. and will end at 5:45 p.m. and will take place in the line-up area.

The judging for the horse entries will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. and will take place in the street prior to the drive to Flint Hills Beverage. Horses are asked to remain in this area until parade route starts.

A parade entry form is available here or on the Osage City Chamber of Commerce website: (Happenings link). Forms should be submitted to Burnett at or contact him at 785-760-0621.

The Chamber thanks all in advance for participation in the “Vacation Destination” parade. “It is you, the community that make it a success by entering something fun, themed and memorable!”

Kids’ Parade

There will also be a Kids’ Parade for children up to age 12. Kids can decorate their bikes and meet at the east side of Lincoln Park to ride ahead of the main parade. Parade line up is at 6 p.m. Each child who participates will get a goodie bag. For more information about the Kids’ Parade, contact Becky Siljenberg at or at 785-217-7342 if you have any questions regarding the event.

Coloring contest

In conjunction with the fair parade, the Chamber and Osage County Fire District No. 2 are offering the opportunity for children, grades kindergarten through fifth to color a themed picture with the anticipation of getting selected to ride on a fire truck in the parade on Friday, July 12.

Community fireworks celebration

The community fireworks show, hosted by the Chamber, will be 10 p.m. Friday, July 12.

David Jacoby, Optometrist retires

The Chamber of Commerce congratulates David and Sue Jacoby on their recent retirement. We wish them the best in their upcoming years of enjoyment spending time with their families and doing whatever they have been planning through their years of owning their private practice.

The Chamber welcomes to Osage City Jodi Buller, who purchased Osage Vision Center and plans to continue providing the same service that David and Sue offered throughout their years.

Osage City Yard of the Month for June

With all of the beautifully groomed yards and flower beds in Osage City, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring a “Yard of the Month” recognition during the months of June through September. In appreciation of the beauty and hard work for the selected yard, the residents receive a $25 Osage City Chamber Buck Certificate to be used at participating Osage City businesses.

The Chamber has announced that David and Jenny Shelton’s yard, 703 S. Sixth St., Osage City, has been selected for the month of June.

David and Jenny moved to Osage City from Eureka Springs to be in close proximity to their adult children. Another criteria with moving to Osage City was to find an older home for sale, which there just happened to be on South Sixth street. Since moving in, they have used David’s architectural knowledge and have done interior remodeling, and extensive landscaping along the side and front area of the large home. Landscaping has included a pond, patio, flag stone walkway, ornamental shrubs, trees, ferns hanging throughout the wrap around porch. Painting the outside is the next major project.

David’s career involved commercial architecture working with the federal, state and local government agencies including the Corps of Engineers, defense, fire stations, court houses, police and detention facilities. His career also encompassed consulting which has taken him to many area regions including the Panama Canal in 2007, up to a most recent project in the Quinault Rainforest, located in the state of Washington.

The Chamber welcomes David and Jenny to Osage City and once they have checked off some of their project list, they would like to have an open house and share their home with the community.

Chamber welcomes two new businesses in May

Two ribbon cuttings for new businesses in Osage City were held May 29, 2024, by Chamber members and well-wishers. Both stores, Rocking K3 Boutique and John’s Joint, opened their doors in March.

Hunter Kraus, owner of the Rocking K3 Boutique, has opened a quaint store at 702 Market St., Osage City. Kraus carries a variety of clothing, bags and purses, jewelry, note cards, kitchen towels with catchy quotes, and numerous essential items. Everyone is invited to stop in, introduce yourself, and enjoy a shopping spree with a lot of ideas for gifts or yourself.

John’s Joint is more than a hemp store, offering products for physical, emotional, and metaphysical well-being. After retiring, John Hall started John’s Joint in July 2022, at Pomona, Kan., with the purpose to have quality hemp products available at an affordable price. The store was moved to Lyndon in January 2023, with the second store opening in Osage City in March. The store also offers gifts, novelties, crystals, incense, tapestries and more.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced Paige Burk and Colby Hokanson as the 2024 recipients of the Chamber’s $350 scholarship. Paige will be attending the University of Kansas. Colby will be attending the Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus.

Information thanks to the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

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