Planning is continuing for the annual Christmas on Market celebration Nov. 25. We encourage you to mark the date on your calendar and plan to shop local that weekend as many of our hometown businesses will be offering great opportunities for holiday gifts. The theme this year is: Christmas on Market 2017: “Treasured Memories”.
In addition to shopping, activities will be held throughout the day including breakfast, lunch, visits with Santa, a 5K run, chili cook-off & feed, gingerbread house building, craft show, raffle, emergency services showcase, fire truck rides, ping pong drop, live reindeer, and the traditional lighted Christmas parade. If you own a business or are a part of the community, this is a great time for you to be a part of a fun community event. Let’s get together and make this great. There have been a few changes or additions to the event this year. Be sure to watch for the posters that will be in the stores & also handouts for you to take home (available soon). Some of the main changes is that the craft show will be downtown this year at the COF building which is the old Dollar General Store & the north end of the Depot. The raffle will take place earlier in the day, starting at 1:45 and located on 6th street between Main and Market streets. This year, it will be required that Winners MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. This year, the raffle is including some very nice retreat packages, so look in the participating stores for the raffle can by the register & buy your tickets. An addition to the event this year will include a live reindeer that will be here for the day & will be available between 3:00-5:00 at the Santa Fe Park. Be sure to come by and take a look at a live reindeer and take some pictures. The reindeer will be pulling a sleigh with Santa & his elf in the parade.
Diane Michael, Parade Chairman is working diligently to have a parade to remember. All individuals and groups are welcome to participate including individual floats, decorated golf carts, ATV’s (age 17 or older required for golf carts & ATV’s), marching bands, emergency service vehicles, cars, trucks, tractors. There will be prize money for float entries, decorated golf carts and ATV’s. Prize money for float entries will be 1st-$125; 2nd-$100; 3rd-$75; 4th-$50. Prize money for golf carts/ATV’s will be 1st-$30; 2nd-$20; 3rd-$10. The parade starts at 6:00 pm, judging for floats, golf carts & ATV’s is at 5:00 pm, lining up at the west end of Market street. For registration, contact Diane at 785-608-2277, 510 Holiday, firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget, the theme this year is “Treasured Memories”.
We are hoping to have one of the best craft shows this year. Be sure to contact Janet Bosworth at 785-554-5039 if you are interested in having a booth in the craft show. Also, please note that the location has been moved to downtown & will be in the COF building which is the old Dollar General Store & the north end of the Depot.
The raffle will take place earlier in the day, starting at 1:45 and located on 6th street between Main and Market streets. This year, it will be required that Winners MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. The raffle is including some very nice retreat packages:
- Kansas City CoCo Key Water Park-One night stay & four Waterpark passes
- Chateau Avalon Hotel, Kansas City- Choice of Adventure Suite for one night stay
- Downstream Casino Resort, Quapaw, OK (Joplin, MO)-one night stay & dinner for 2
- Prairie Band Hotel & Casino, Mayetta-One night stay & $50 Gift Certificate to Three Fires Steakhouse
- Fire Keepers Golf Course, Mayetta-18 holes of golf for two
- Johnny Cascone’s Italian Restaurant, Overland Park-$25.00 Gift Certificate
There will also be the traditional Jerry’s Thriftway – $200 groceries & Haskin’s Oil- $200 fuel drawing.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES FOR THE RAFFLE, INCLUDING TIME, LOCATION, MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Look in the participating stores for the raffle can by the register & buy your tickets.
Artfully Quilted by Barb’s, Bank of Osage City, Designs by Diane, First National Bank, Harmon Dental, Landmark Bank, Marilynn’s, McCoy’s Steren Electronics, Osage Hardware, Ramblin’ Rose. Tickets will also be available to purchase the day of the event, at the Senior Center and at the Craft Show.
There has been a change in location for the gingerbread building this year. The event will be downtown at the American Legion Post 198. The time remains the same (2:00-4:00 pm), just the location has changed.
HOME TOWN SANTA
Shop in your hometown, ask anyone that you meet on the street or in the businesses “Are you the Home Town Santa?” If you are lucky & the person you ask is the Home Town Santa, you will receive $20 in Osage City Chamber Bucks to be used locally at one of the fine businesses that serve you.
Christmas on Market info—A brief summary of the schedule of events & activities. The posters will be printed & distributed to businesses & outlying community businesses soon. Some of the events & activities include the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk chairperson Angie Theel has been contacting businesses to sponsor the event & get their name on the back of the t-shirt. Contact Angie if you would like to enter the event-785/215-5497. Entry forms are available at some businesses. Twelve (12) businesses are participating in the Retail Poker Run, chaired by Ronda Harmon. Breakfast will be provided by the Kiwanis Club. Santa will be arriving around 9:30 am. Fifteen businesses are participating in the window decorating contest representing the theme, “Treasured Memories”. Craft Show, please note that the location has been moved to downtown & will be in the COF building which is the old Dollar General Store & the north end of the Depot. This event is coordinated by Janet Bosworth, 785-554-5039. Outdoor food vendors will fill the air with holiday aromas. They will be serving lunch & food items throughout the day, starting at 11:00 am. They will be located on north 6th street between Market & Holliday streets. Also located on the sidewalk will be groups having bake sales, serving hot drinks, etc. This year there will be a new attraction which will include a live reindeer. From 3:00-5:00 pm. the reindeer will be located at the Santa Fe Park & will be available to take pictures. Children’s activities will include Osage City Public Library Story Time at the Library, Gingerbread Building, sponsored by the Osage City PTA will be downtown at the American Legion building. Santa visits will be at the Osage County Senior Center. Kathy Ayers will be in charge of the Chili Cook-Off & Chili Feed. The Raffle Prize Drawing coordinated by Barb Thompson will take place earlier in the day this year, starting at 1:45 and located on 6th street between Main and Market streets. This year, it will be required that winners MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. The raffle is including some very nice retreat packages & the traditional Jerry’s & Haskins drawings. Raffle tickets are available for sale at ten (10) businesses. Look in the participating stores for the raffle can by the register & buy your tickets.
Artfully Quilted by Barb’s, Bank of Osage City, Designs by Diane, First National Bank, Harmon Dental, Landmark Bank, Marilynn’s, McCoy’s Steren Electronics, Osage Hardware, Ramblin’ Rose. The Parade will start at 6:00 & proceed from the west end of Market through downtown. Included again this year will be a decorated golf carts/ATV’s competition category. This year, the Downtown Holiday Lighting ceremony will be held prior to the parade. The lighting ceremony will take place at 5:45. Approximately 6 businesses will be sponsoring activities in their stores throughout the day. Conrad Carlson Foundation will be sponsoring a free photo booth located at the vacant lot by Osage Hardware. The Secret Home Town Santa organized by Jeanette will be an ongoing activity from November 25 (Christmas on Market) to December 24 or until all secret Santa’s have been discovered.