Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings
Osage Custom Meats – Samuel & Mary Ann Beachy – Nov. 20
Subway – Trisha & Shaun Barrett – Nov. 30
Yard of the Month Selection for 2019
Recognition was during the period of June through September. In appreciation of the beauty and hard work for the selected yards, the home owners received a $25 Osage City Chamber Buck Certificate to be used at any Osage City business. Homes selected for 2019 were Clifford & Donna Butterfield, Terry & Mica Lindbloom, Bob & Myrna Schmidt Bob & Linda Dayhoff.
Osage City Chamber of Commerce Awards Scholarships
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce were pleased to announce Aliks Serna & Royce Cowan, the 2019 recipients of our $350 scholarship. The revenue from the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring/fall garage sales, goes directly for these two scholarships.
Osage County/City Fair Parade
Heather Glover was in charge of the fair parade which will was held July 12 at 6:30. Along with the floats, band & other entries, decorated golf carts & ATV’s were invited to participant in the parade this year. The theme for the parade this year was “Fresh From The Farm”. Heather had several new entries in the parade & is hoping that the parade will continue to grow. Pat Gundy was the 2019 Parade Marshall & Pat & Fred Pearson were selected for Mr. & Mrs. Osage City.
July 4th 2019 Fireworks Celebration
The Osage County Fair Association asked the Osage City Chamber of Commerce to take over hosting the annual “Fireworks Celebration”. A full afternoon & evening of events for the families were enjoyed by everyone.
Prior to the fireworks show, recognition was given to each branch of the armed services with its own service song being played, recognizing those that have or are serving in the armed forces & to honor those that have given their ultimate sacrifice for our country. To lead off the fireworks show, Chamber member, Ronda Harmon so eloquently sang the National Anthem. Scott Farmer & his staff created a very entertaining and powerful fireworks display which was enjoyed by everyone.
The Fireworks Celebration was made possible through the generous donations from businesses & individuals of the community & volunteers of the Chamber of Commerce membership.
Big Top Circus Came To Town
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce was pleased to sponsor the Culpepper & Merriweather Big Top Circus which was held Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at Jones Park. The circus known for producing quality, family entertainment provided two 90 minutes shows for everyone from ages 2 to 92 years old.
Osage City Chamber of Commerce “Festival of Beer”
October 5th, marked the 7th annual Osage City Chamber Festival of Beer. The event was located at the 4-H Pavilion. The funds from this event helps the Chamber with many different projects around Osage such as scholarships for high school seniors, the Warmth Fund, E.C.A.T., the 4th of July fireworks and many more.
Osage City hosts the Rush the Rails
For the third consecutive year, Osage City hosted the bicycle riders as they traveled through Osage City on the Dirty Kanza Promotions “Rush the Rails” event on Saturday, October 5th. The route started in Osawatomie, finished in Council Grove.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at Peterson’s Assisted Living.
Christmas on Market 2019: “Tis the Season” November 16
Christmas on Market Street, 2019 was a successful event. Mother Nature provided a beautiful day starting with Santa arriving downtown on a firetruck and greeting a crowd of anxious children. All of the activities including the 5K Run/Walk, Kiwanis breakfast, Senior Center Sewing Chics, retail poker run, store events, emergency services showcase, fire truck rides, craft show, ping pong drop, bake sale, photo booth, outside dining court, story time, gingerbread building, KC Chiefs Wolf, Topeka Drumline, Santa visits, chili cook-off, chili feed, bingo, face painting, raffle drawing, lighted parade were well received and attended. Several new activities were introduced to this year’s event including barn quilt ornament painting, child’s games and train, pet and people portraits, axe throwing, gymnastics demonstration and meet and greet high school theatre cast. Proceeds from the activities go to the Warmth Fund, ECAT, ECKAN and Chamber of Commerce.
Home Town Santa
“Are you the Home Town Santa” was well received by the home town shoppers. Four of the five Home Town Santa’s were revealed. Santa Dave Haskins, Haskins Conoco was revealed by John Garland, Santa Kathy Ayers, First National Bank of Kansas was revealed by Mike Powell, Santa Patrick Boner, McCoy’s RadioShack was revealed by Ashley Wright and Santa Jeanette Stromgren was revealed by Debi Totman. The recipients received a $20 Chamber Bucks to be used locally at the designated business listed on the certificate.
Community Appreciation Dinner
A community appreciation dinner was recreated this year and approximately 150 attended the event, which was hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, November 23.
A traditional thanksgiving dinner of turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner roll and a dessert was enjoyed by those that attended. Plans are to continue this event as an annual event.
Holiday Home Tour
December 8, 4:00-7:00 marked the date for the Holiday Home Tour. The selected four homes are Pat Gundy, 913 Schenk St.; Charlie & Donna Martin, 1344 Brant St.; Marc & Janet McFarland, 604 S. 6th St. and Bill & Lorraine Renner, 735 Lakin St. (SW corner of 8th & Lakin).
Christmas/Holiday Yard of the Month
New to the holiday season this year was the Christmas/Holiday Yard of the Month contest which will be held from November 30-December 16. There will be two categories with the selection of a yard decorated with Synchronized Lights With Music & one with Christmas/Holiday Décor with lighted displays. The selection will be determined on December 16. In appreciation of the beauty and hard work for the selected yards, the home owners will a receive a $25 Osage City Chamber Bucks Certificate to be used at any participating Osage City business.