The annual fair parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce was Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. The theme for the parade this year was “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”. Jeanette Swarts commented that Diane Michael, parade chairman did a fantastic job coordinating a variety of entries including the Boy Scouts of Osage City starting the parade as flag bearers, emergency vehicles, including the City and County law enforcement, ambulance and fire department, Parade Marshal, Mary Lou Estes and Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, Jerry and Marilyn Giesy, floats, golf carts/ATV’s, band, politicians, antique tractors, horses, etc. Even though the heat index was very extreme at parade time, the participants were eager to have a great time & the spectators seemed to enjoy the entries.
This year, the Chamber had a coloring contest for grades 1st through 6th. The entries submitted were well done and the selection was difficult. Eight winners were selected to ride on one of the fire trucks in the parade. The winners were 1st Grade-Devin Theel and Ashlyn Nihiser, 2nd Grade-Kaylee Theel and Jordyn Lickteig, 3rd Grade-Sophia Brabb, 4th Grade-Justin McKnight, 5th Grade-Kasen Parsons, 6th Grade-Maddie Renfro. All of the submitted entries are in the downtown old Duckwall store windows (6th and Market). Please take a moment to take a look at some of the young artists in the community.
The float entry awards went to First Place, $125 – Conklin Plumbing; Second Place, $100 – Friends of Pomona; Third Place, $75 – Republican Women; Fourth Place, $50 – Lyndon Leaders. The Golf Cart/ATV entry awards went to First Place, $30 – Boyd Woodyard; Second Place, $20 – First National Bank of Kansas; Third Place $10 – April Pete.
As Diane Michael stated, we are hoping that next year there will be more involvement of floats, school bands, etc., thus there will be have a larger parade for 2019. Your support contributes to the growth of our community.
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce and Diane Michael, Parade Committee Chairman would like to take this opportunity to thank those that participated in the 2018 Osage City Fair Parade.