The Osage City Osage County Fair Parade, July 12 is going to be here before we know it. It is at this time that the Osage City Chamber of Commerce have received nominations for Mr. and Mrs. Osage City and parade marshal. Searching back through the history, the parade marshal has been a single individual, a couple, a group of employees, young or senior that have contributed and supported the Osage City community. Selection will be held June 11.
The May Chamber of Commerce Member Meeting was held at the ORBIS plant. Following the meeting, Bryan Zeigler, Plant Manager, gave a presentation of information about the plant operation & assisted by Edana Phillips, Human Resource Manager, gave a tour of the plant.
This year, the Chamber received several excellent applications for the scholarships. The applicants demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievements and community service. The scholarship requires students to submit an application, two letters of reference, an official transcript and an essay covering “The Advantages of Owning and Operating a Business in a Small Town”.
The revenue from business ads on the map and the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring/fall garage sales, goes directly for these two scholarships.
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce Aliks Serna and Royce Cowan as the 2019 recipients of our $350 scholarships. Aliks, daughter of Joe & Tammy Serna will be attending Highland Community College & Royce, son of Russell & Virginia Cowan will be attending Flint Hills Technical College in the fall.
Ladies, Gentlemen, Clubs, Organizations, Business & Individuals,
I would like to invite you to participate in our summer parade. The theme this year is “Fresh From The Farm”. You may enter a float, truck, car, ATV/Golf Cart (age at least 17 years to drive in parade & no water balloons allowed.) anything you would feel would be fun and the people along the parade route would like to see. Also there is prize money in two different categories. There is a float judging and an ATV/Golf Cart judging. Prize money is 1st, $125, 2nd, $100, 3rd, $75, 4th, $50 for the float category. ATV/Golf Cart prize money is 1st, $30, 2nd, $20, 3rd, $10.
It’s always fun for the crowd to wave at the entries and for the parade participants to wave back, throw candy and make people smile!! A fun evening to forget troubles and have a great time!!
Let’s make this year’s Osage City Fair Parade one of the best we have seen. I know it is possible with the participation of all the fabulous businesses, organizations, clubs, schools and individual people we have in this area.
You can e mail, call or text me with your information and I will fill a form out for you. The parade is on July 12th, parade begins at 6:30. Line up for judging of floats, ATV’s and Golf Carts is 5:45 pm. All other entries be ready and in your designated line up spot in the parade by 6:15 at the latest.
Thank you so much for taking time to read this letter. I am thanking you in advance for your participation in our parade.
Osage City, KS 6523
ACTIVITIES – LOCATION
8:00 Youth Fishing Tournament (Sponsored by ORBIS) (FREE) – Huffman Park
8:00-3:00 Trilogy Challenge Disc Golf Tournament – Flex Start – Disc Golf Course-(Ball Diamonds Area- Jones Park) $40.00 Entry Fee
10:00 Trilogy Challenge Disc Golf Clinic – 30 Minutes (FREE) Disc Golf Course-(Ball Diamonds Area- Jones Park)
6:00 Bounce Play Sets (FREE) Jones Park Area (Sponsored by Conrad Carlson Foundation) – Grass Area by Basketball Court
6:00 Food / Snack Vendors Gravel Lot – East of 4H Building.
Wiley Weenie Wagon, Wild Hogs BBQ, Tod’s BBQ, North of Comm. Bldg. Cotton Candy, Sno Cones, Thrill’s Kettle Corn, Funnel Cakes-Pomona Masonic Lodge #41
6:00 Pie, Ice Cream, Floats (Fundraiser) Community Building – Jones Park (Osage City Lions Club)
6:00 Watermelon Feed (Chamber Members) (FREE) Community Building – Jones Park
6:00- Carnival Games (Chamber Members) (FREE) Community Building – Jones Park
8:30 Quarter Bingo, Firecracker Walk (aka cake walk),
Turtle Race-Bring Your Own Turtle, (Age Groups 6-8; 9-11) Comm. Bldg. – Pavement area
Sack Race (Age Groups 6-8; 9-11) Grass Area – Between Rec. Comm. Bldg. and Football Complex
Bocce Ball Tournament (Ages 18 & Over) Grass Area – Between Rec. Comm. Bldg. and Football Complex
(No Entry Fee)– Contact Cindy Koch-528-4454
6:00-9:00 Live Band, “Lizard People” (FREE) Fredrickson Arena
9:00 Patriotic music Football Complex
10:00 Fireworks Display (FREE) Jones Park Area
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following contributors for their generous donation and support for the Fireworks Celebration. AG Choice, AuBurn Pharmacy, Bank of Burlingame, Bank of Osage City, Body Shop/BuengerAutomotive, Branine Chevrolet-Buick, Burns, Burns, Walsh & Walsh, Citizens Insurance Services, City of Osage City, David Jacoby-OD, Edward Jones Investments, First National Bank, H & H Appraisal, Harmon Dental, Jerry’s Thriftway, Jodi Lohmeyer-Stark Agency, Kirk Bath Farm Bureau Financial, Landmark National Bank, Marilynn’s Restaurant, McCoy’s Electronics, Miller Elevator, ORBIS, Osage Building Materials, Osage City Chamber of Commerce, Osage City Kiwanis Club, Osage City Lions Club, Osage City Municipal Golf Course, Osage County Community Foundation, Osage County Farm Bureau, Osage County Herald-Chronicle, Porter Cattle Co, Quality Built Construction, Salt Creek Rehab, LLC, Wischropp Auctions, Inc., Casey & Cheryl Mussatto, Rod & Kim Bergquist, Dan & Linda Mollnow, Brian & Jeanette Stromgren, Richard & Jeanette Swarts, Donna Jo & Mac Thompson, Larry & Jeannine Colstrom, Maurice & Cindy Koch.
Fourth of July celebration activities flyer is available here.
In the near future, the fairgrounds, Lions Club Food Stand, 4-H barns and pavilion, parade route will be bustling with a lot of activity going on. July 10-13 are the dates for the annual fair event in Osage City. Schedules, events, etc. are posted on the Osage County Fair Association website: https://www.osagecountyfair.org/ or also check out their Facebook page.
Heather Glover is in charge of the parade which will be held Friday, July 12 at 6:30. She is diligently working to get information to the businesses and organizations to participate in the parade. She is hoping to make it a fun filled event this year. Heather reported that she is starting to receive entries; however, she hopes that there will be many more to come. Decorated golf carts and ATV’s are invited to participant in the parade this year. Golf cart and ATV drivers must be at least 17 years of age to drive in the parade. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for parade entries.
This year, a coloring contest for ages K through 5th grade (2019-20 school year) will be sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Students participating in the Summer Reading program at the Osage City Public Library can pick up the specific coloring page and return to the Library by June 29. Eight winners will have the opportunity to ride on the fire truck in the parade.
Directly following the parade, be sure to go out to the fairgrounds, stop at the Lions Club food stand, get a hamburger, chips & a piece of homemade pie, then take a seat & enjoy the rest of the evening at the Talent Show, sponsored by the Lions Club & Harmon Dental.
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. The selection of the yard will take place during the first few days of each month. In appreciation of the beauty and hard work for the selected yard, the home owners will receive a $25 Osage City Chamber Buck Certificate to be used at an Osage City business.
We are pleased to announce that Clifford and Donna Butterfield’s yard has been selected for the month of June. Their home is located at 513 Miller.
Osage City’s spring citywide garage sales are set for April 19-20, 2019. Sellers can sign up with Tricia Gundy at Peterson Assisted Living, Robyn Williams and staff at Edward Jones, or Kathy Ayers and staff at First National Bank, to get their sale listed on a map distributed by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. There will be a legend on the map to give buyers an idea of what might be for sale at each location. A $5 donation to be placed on the map goes toward the Chamber’s local scholarship fund. For more information, contact Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727.
Have you considered joining the Osage City Chamber of Commerce? Did you know that you don’t have to own a business to be a member of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce? Are there different types of memberships? What are the benefits of belonging to the Osage City Chamber of Commerce?
Any person, firm, association, corporation, partnership, non-profit organization or estate having an interest in the objectives of the organization shall be eligible for membership.
- Regular Memberships – Any person, firm, association, corporation, partnership or estate having an interest in the objectives of the organization shall be eligible for membership. Any regular member shall have the discretion to designate their voting member.
- Non-Profit Memberships – non-profit organization being a regular member with a member designated for voting purposes.
- Associate Memberships – Any person having an interest in the objectives of the organization. Associate Members have no voting rights, nor may they serve as an officer or director, unless otherwise approved by the Board, but they will have all other membership privileges and responsibilities.
Any applicant shall become a member upon payment of the regularly scheduled dues.
Positive impact of Chamber Membership
As a member of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce you are more informed, better educated, and directly connected to your peers. Whether you are an individual, firm, association, corporation, partnership, non-profit organization, estate, starting a new business, or you are an established business owner, membership with the Osage City Chamber of Commerce provides a multitude of opportunities to grow and connect to the community.
- Networking Opportunities: After Hours Mixers, Monthly Luncheon, Ribbon Cuttings
- Promotion Opportunities: Community Directory, E-mail Blast, Sponsorships, Advertising, Community Message Center Sign
- Member Events: Fair Parade, 4th of July Celebration, Garage Sales, Beer Festival, Christmas Opener, Home Tour
Membership drive for 2019 will begin at the end of October. If you would like to be a member of an organization that strives to continue to improve the community, please consider joining the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.
Planning has begun for the annual Christmas on Market celebration Nov. 24. 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 2018: “Country Christmas”.
In addition to shopping, activities will be held throughout the day including breakfast, lunch, visits with Santa, jingle bell run 5K, in store activities, chili cook-off, chili feed, gingerbread house building, craft show, raffle drawing, Kansas City Chief’s Wolf mascot, Topeka Pilots ice hockey mascot, Topeka Drum Corp, free photo booth, free poker run, bake sale, emergency services showcase, fire truck rides, ping pong throw, story time, bingo and the traditional lighted Christmas parade.
Event details will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming weeks. If you are interested in helping with the planning of this annual Chamber event, contact Jeanette Swarts at 785/249-5451. The next planning meeting will be October 3, 5:30 p.m. at Harmon Dental office.
For the second consecutive year, Osage City has been asked to welcome the bicycle riders and relay runners as they travel through Osage City on the Dirty Kanza Promotions “Rush the Rails” event on Saturday, October 6th. There are three locations that will designate the length of the trail chosen by the participants. The route starts in Osawatomie, full distance (96 miles); Vassar/Pomona State Park, half distance (54 miles); Admire, short distance (25 miles); finish line at Council Grove. Participants may choose which course length they want to participate in. The relay runners will be either a four person team or eight person team. This is not a timed event.
The Chamber of Commerce will host the event at the Depot as the Santa Fe Park area has been designated as one of the stopping points for the participants. The Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to show off our community and express our generous hospitality. Participants will be welcomed to take a break and relax on the shaded lawn of the Santa Fe Park, enjoy snacks provided by the Osage City Kiwanis Club and the Osage City Lions Club, sandwiches, water refills, which will be provided at the Depot. The Depot Museum and model train areas will be opened for the visitors to enjoy and learn a little about the history of Osage City. Osage City and surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to come and visit with the participants that will be passing through our community throughout the day from approximately 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Contact Jeanette Swarts at 785-249-5451 if you have any questions.
Come sample dozens of craft and import beers featuring several brewed right here in Kansas. Enjoy the music of The Bryton Stoll Band while satisfying your hunger from the Saucy Lady BBQ food truck.
There will be a raffle table with drawings for some awesome craft beer related items. Every taster will get a sample glass to take home. Event will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sept. 29th at the Pavillion, Osage City Fairgrounds. Ticket sales benefit the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, which in turn benefits The Warmth Fund, E.C.A.T., college scholarships for high school seniors and the July 4 fireworks, among others.
Advance tickets are just $25 with tickets at the gate $30 with DD’s. Tickets are available at Jerrys Thriftway, Stark Car Wash, Bank of Osage City, Mulready’s Pub in Emporia and online at brownpaperticket.com All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.
COF is celebrating their 50th year & they would like to invite the community to attend an open house Wednesday, September 26 from 11:00-1:00 at their facility located at 532 Holliday (old Dollar General Store). The Chamber of Commerce will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony & the COF will be serving a light lunch with an opportunity to meet the staff & tour the facility.
September marks the fourth & final month of recognizing a “Yard of the Month” for 2018, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. Recognition was during the period of June through September. The selection of the yard took place during the first few days of each month. In appreciation of the beauty and hard work for the selected yards, the home owners will receive a $25 Osage City Chamber Buck Certificate to be used at any Osage City business.
With the assistance of Mother Nature providing the area some much needed rain, Robert & Cheryl Shaffer’s yard became green again along with their beautiful & intriguing landscape areas. We are pleased to announce that Robert & Cheryl Shaffer’s yard has been selected for the month of September. Their home is located at 849 Romine Ridge.
It is that time of the year again for the Fall Osage City Citywide Garage Sale. This is a great opportunity to roam around Osage City looking for the best bargains or to get rid of some of that “stuff” you never use and free up some space.
The Citywide Garage Sale is set for Sept. 14 and 15. For a map of the sales, stop by Peterson’s Assisted Living (Tricia Gundy), the Bank of Osage City (Kaitlin Swindale) or the First National Bank (Kathy Ayers), or other area businesses.
For more information, call Tricia Gundy, chairperson, Osage City Chamber Garage Sale Committee, at 785-528-3301.
Osage City Chamber of Commerce members for 2018 include the following. Whenever you need services or products in the Osage City area, remember to check with your fellow chamber members first.
- AG Choice
- Artfully Quilted by Barbs
- Asset Life Cycle
- Auburn Pharmacy
- Bank of Osage City
- Barber Johns
- Branine Chevrolet-Buick
- Bull’s Eye Liquor
- Burns, Burns, Walsh and Walsh
- Buzzard’s Pizza
- Canine Country Clips
- Citizen Insurance Services
- City of Osage City
- COF Training Services, Inc.
- Conrad Carlson Charitable Foundation
- Cotton O’Neil of Osage City
- Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness
- David Jacoby, OD
- Debbie Rinzler Photography
- Edward Jones Investments
- EK Real Estate
- First National Bank
- Flint Hills Beverage
- Furniture Loft
- Garrett’s Fireworks
- Glyn L. Day Agency
- H and H Appraisals
- Hair Designs by Diane
- Harmon Dental
- Haskins Oil
- Higher Power Health and Yoga
- Home Town Health Care and Hospice
- Jerry’s Thriftway
- Jodi Lohmeyer-Stark Agency, State Farm Insurance
- Landmark National Bank
- Liquor Market LLC
- Lusk Properties
- Lyndon State Bank
- Marilynn’s Restaurant
- McCoy’s Electronics
- ORBIS Corporation
- Osage Building Materials
- Osage City Kiwanis Club
- Osage City Lions Club
- Osage City Municipal Golf Course
- Osage City Public Library
- Osage County Fair Association
- Osage County Farm Bureau Association
- Osage County Herald-Chronicle
- Osage County News
- Osage Hardware
- Osage Nursing Center
- Peterson Assisted Living
- Porter Cattle Co
- Ramblin’ Rose
- Resource Center Independent Living
- Salt Creek Rehab and Fitness
- Schroeder Drugs
- Tara Azwell
- The Body Shop
- The ClotheSpin
- Theel Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
- United Way of the Flint Hills
- USD #420
- VanArsdale Funeral Chapel
- Vintage Park at Osage City
- Wischropp Auctions
On July 25, 2018, ECAT sponsored the Osage City Chamber of Commerce “After Hours Mixer”. A light dinner of grilled hamburgers with all the fixings was served. President Kathy Lincoln thanked everyone for their generous donations throughout the year. Kathy also explained how ECAT is the only non for profit organization in Osage City serving up to 400 people a month. ECAT’s mission is to reach as many people in unfortunate circumstances as possible. They not only help with food and clothing but also with rental assistance, prescriptions and gas cards. ECAT also has several other projects throughout the year. None of which would be possible without the support of our generous and caring people of Osage City.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped us in anyway.
ECAT Board of Directors
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce served concessions at the baseball concession stand July 9-13, 2018. A variety of food items other than the furnished items by the Recreation Commission were served. Food items that Chamber members donated were frozen grapes, baby carrots with ranch dressing, sloppy joes, walking tacos, chili, cookies, brownies, root beer floats, ice tea and ice. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs were a continued item from last year as they were a big hit with the players & fans. The aroma of the hamburgers grilling got the attention of the hungry parents and ball players, thus kept the grill going most of the evenings!! Would like to thank the members, Jan Ogleby, Jeanette Swarts, Julie Carlson, Vida Lewis, Casey Mussatto, Dave & Tara Azwell, Nancy Washburn, Jeanette Stromgren, Vintage Park, Ann Lusk, COF, Thelma & Joe Humerickhouse, Adam & Beth Burnett, Tricia Gundy, Debbie Rinzler, Ronda Harmon and Robyn Williams for their contribution of either food items or working at the concession stand. Would also like to thank Richard Swarts for keeping the grill going. The success from the events are measured by the support and enthusiasm from everyone & we did have a successful week and the proceeds go back to the Chamber.
July 1st, 2018 the Osage City Disc Golf Course hosted their inaugural Osage City Disc Golf Doubles Tournament to help raise funds for the annual fireworks show. The tournament had participants from Abilene, Salina, Emporia, Lawrence, Topeka & local Osage City. Skill levels ranged all the way from beginner to the current PDGA Junior World Champion Isaiah Esquivel out of Emporia. Teams played two rounds of 18 holes with the winner having the best 18 hole average after the two rounds. The winning team received 20% of the tournament proceeds, along with two custom made putters created by Dynamic Discs out of Emporia. At the end of the two rounds a team from Emporia, Michael Smith & Danny Lindahl came out as the Inaugural Champs!
Everyone that was involved with the tournament would like to thank those that played an integral part in making everything come together. First off, the tournament would not have happened with the initial idea from the Chamber of Commerce and their support for wanting to bring attention to the new course in town. Also, a big thanks for supplying water to all the participants of the event. Next, a big thanks to the City Staff as they did a lot of prep work for the tournament and their work did not go unnoticed as teams constantly mentioned how nice the course looked which is a testament to the hard work and attention to detail that every city employee put into the tournament. Thanks to Dynamic Discs for creating the prized putters that were custom made to be a resemblance of Osage City which did not disappoint. Lastly, participants Michael Smith and Lupe Esquivel were vital resources when putting this tournament together, and with their guidance and expertise helped the tournament become a success and will lead to future tournaments being hosted there in the years to come!
As a part of the July 1, 2018, Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Celebration, ORBIS Corporation held its first annual fishing tournament in remembrance of Ruben Chavira, an avid fisherman and an employee at ORBIS who died May 31, 2017, from a fatal accident at the plant. The official count that participated in the tournament was 22 participants with trophies awarded for most, biggest and smallest fish and small gifts for all attendees.