Thank you to everyone who made it out to this year’s Christmas on Market celebration! Congratulations to the winners of the Jingle Bell 5 K, the coloring contests, the raffle drawing, and the parade entries. Click here for a complete list of winners
It is time once again for the holidays to be upon us and for our community to come together and make it an awesome “Christmas on Market” event. This year the theme for the parade is “Candyland Christmas.”
There is prize money for Float entries, Decorated Golf Carts and ATV’s. (Remember you must be 17 years old to drive either Golf Carts or ATV’s).
- Prize money for float entries: 1st – $125.00, 2nd – $100.00, 3rd – $75.00, 4th – $50.00
- Prize money for Golf Cart/ATV: 1st – $30.00, 2nd – $20.00, 3rd – $10.00
Please help to make this year’s Christmas on Market Parade a great success by entering something fun, lighted and memorable. The Christmas on Market Parade is on November 13th and the parade starts at 6:00 pm.
All floats, Golf Carts and ATV’s who want to be judged must arrive between 4:45 pm and 5:15 pm at Flint Hills Beverage. After your entry is judged, proceed to line-up at the west end of Market Street (around Bullseye Liquor and BP Station). Line up this year is not assigned by number. 1.) Get your entry judged (optional) 2.) Park on Market or north & south of Market on 1st Street 3.) Wait for the parade to begin.
Thank you in advance for your participation in our “Candyland Christmas” parade. It is you, the community that make it a success by participating! If you have any questions or want to register contact Adam at 785.760.0621. Be sure to register your entry so you will have a number for judging! Click here for a parade entry form.
Osage City Chamber Fall Fling Fest Disc Golf Tournament was a success.
October 9, 2021 marked the date for the Osage City Chamber Fall Fling Fest Disc Golf Tournament at the Jones Park Disc Golf Course. There were approximately 20 participants that enjoyed a beautiful but a bit windy day.
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosted the tournament with many prizes for the winners & everyone went home with a raffle item donated by Flint Hills Beverage.
The winners for the three levels of participants were:
- 1st Place Jacob Wade
- 2nd Place Wyatt Orender
- 3rd Place David Hastings
- 1st Place Todd Hensley
- 2nd Place Luke Orender
- 3rd Place Kurt Kitselman
- 1st Place Kelli Orender
- 1st Place Jason Butterfield
- 2nd Place Devin Trout
- 3rd Place Noah Powell
- 1st Place Marisa Zimmerman
Closest to the Pin Winner
- Noah Powell
Men Longest Drive
- Jason Butterfield
Women Longest Drive
- Kelli Orender
The Osage City Chamber would like to thank the sponsors that supported the tournament & are looking forward to anticipating a larger participation for 2022.
Signup to list your sale on the map
The Osage City Citywide Garage Sale will be Sept. 17-18, 2021. Hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, the citywide sale offers a great opportunity to get rid of some of that “stuff” you never use and free up some space.
The Chamber will have a map showing area sales, and sellers can sign up to be listed on the map by contacting Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727. The user friendly map provides a chart for the type of items at the garage sales. The map will be available at area business during the garage sale weekend, and online on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook and website, www.osagcitychamber.com.
To sign up your sale to be on the map, information needed will be your name as you want it listed, address, phone number in case of questions about the sale, if you are having the sale Friday and Saturday or Saturday only, what area you are on the map, type of items that you will be selling, for example: children clothing, adult clothing, furniture, collectibles, kitchen items, household items, craft items, miscellaneous. Sellers’ $5 donation goes towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates that are furthering their education. (The 2021 scholarships were awarded to Wyatt Orender and Laci Davenport.) The deadline for adding a sale to the garage sale map is 5 p.m. Sept. 14.
The Osage City/County Fair is a community event and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and the Osage County Fair Association would like to offer the opportunity for any resident or business owner of Osage County to nominate honorees of their choice. These honorees are invited to attend the 2021 Osage County Fair Parade and Firework Celebration, July 9th and 10th for recognition of their services. Please advise all honorees of the nomination prior to the event. In order to qualify for this nomination, one of the following categories must be met:
- Osage County residents who served in the United States Armed Forces
- Members of the Osage County Police/Sheriff Departments
- Members of the Osage County Volunteer Fire Departments/Rescue Squads
- Members of the Osage County EMS
- Individuals who have saved the life of another under heroic circumstances
- Individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty
- Individuals who have made significant contributions to Osage County
Download the nomination form here: Honoring Hometown Hero Nomination Form
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 a participating Osage City business.
We are pleased to announce that Robert & Cheryl Shaffer’s yard has been selected for the month of June. Their home is located at 849 Romine Ridge Street, Osage City. Landscaping is a hobby of theirs and it has been with trial and error to get the results they have today. Knowing the right combinations and plants that work with difficult soil is key. They enjoy being outside which has inspired their latest creation of the berm in the backyard and are excited to see how it looks next Spring when everything has a chance to grow and mature. They are truly honored to have been chosen this month with so many great yards in their neighborhood.
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Laci Davenport and Wyatt Orender as the 2021 recipients of the Chamber’s $350 scholarships.
In the fall, Laci, daughter of Rusty & Kristi Davenport will be attending Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa & will be playing golf.
Wyatt, son of Eric & Kelli Orender, will be attending Kansas State University. Laci and Wyatt were guests at the May Chamber meeting and shared their future plans with the members.
The Osage City/County Fair is a community event and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and the Osage County Fair Association would like to offer the opportunity for any resident or business owner of Osage County to nominate honorees of their choice. These honorees are invited to attend the 2021 Osage County Fair Parade and Firework Celebration, July 9th and 10th for recognition of their services. Please refer to the Osage City Chamber of Commerce website: www.osagecitychamber.com (Happenings link) for the nomination form. Please feel free to contact Jeanette Swarts, 785-249-5451 for any questions.
In conjunction with the Osage County Fair Parade, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and the Osage County Fire District No. 2, Osage City, are offering the opportunity for children, grades kindergarten through fifth to color a theme picture with the anticipation of getting selected to ride on the fire truck in the parade on Friday, July 9, 2021. The students colored a theme picture prior to school being dismissed. The winners will be notified soon after the selection.
The theme for the fair and the parade is “Honoring Hometown Heroes”. The parade will be Friday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Adam Burnett, Parade Chairman is in the process of creating some new & innovative concepts for the parade for this year. Prize money for float entries will be 1st – $125.00, 2nd – $100.00, 3rd – $75.00, 4th – $50.00. Prize money for Golf Cart/ATV will be 1st – $30.00, 2nd – $20.00, 3rd – $10.00. Drivers must be 17 years old to drive either Golf Carts or ATV’s. No water balloons will be allowed in the parade.
Judging for floats, Golf Carts and ATV’s will begin at 5:15 and will end at 5:45 pm. If you want to have your entry judged, come to the Flint Hills Beverage drive and wait to be judged. Once you have been judged, proceed to getting in line for the parade. Line-up starts at the west end of Market Street (around Pizza Hut and BP Station). There will be parade personnel there with clip boards and a line-up sheet.
There will also be a Kid’s Parade for children up to age twelve, decorate your bikes & meet at the east side of Lincoln Park to ride ahead of the main parade. Parade line up is at 6:00. Each child will get a goodie bag that participates. Please contact Becky Siljenberg, email firstname.lastname@example.org or at 785-217-7342 if you have any questions regarding the event.
Parade entry form may be found on the Osage City Chamber of Commerce website: www.osagecitychamber.com (Happenings link). You may submit the form to Adam at email@example.com or feel free to contact Adam at 785-760-0621 if you have any questions or comments regarding the event.
Thank you in advance for your participation in our “Honoring Hometown Heroes” parade. It is you, the community that make it a success by entering something fun, themed and memorable!!
The Osage County Fair will be July 7-10, 2021, at Osage City, Kan. Special events and entertainment is planned for each evening of the fair, which opens on Wednesday, July 7, with the Peterson Brothers at the Osage City sports stadium.
Other events include:
Thursday, July 8, will be the annual Talent Show, organized by Bob & Ronda Harmon at 7:00 on the basketball court at Jones Park. Information regarding sign up will be available soon. The traditional Pie Baking Contest will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 9, following the traditional 6:30 p.m. parade, the action will move to the Jones Park area and everyone visit the Lions Club food stand for supper and dessert while watching the Pie Eating Contest. Barnyard Olympics will also be held throughout the evening in the Jones Park area. Plans are to bring back the Demo Derby which will be held Friday evening at approximately 8:00.
Saturday, July 10 is going to be a busy day with a variety of activities taking place from morning through the evening. “Bed Races” is a new event that is being introduced to the fair. Start thinking about building a bed to enter in the contest. Hopefully it will be a “rolling success!!” Rules and regulations will be announced soon on the Osage City Chamber of Commerce website: www.osagecitychamber.com (Happenings link). Some other activities that will be taking place on Saturday include the final 4-H events, Hatchet Throw–Co-Sponsor TJ McCoy of RadioShack is donating a 65” 4K HD television to be given away to a lucky winner that will receive a ticket upon participating in the Hatchet Throw, Touch-A-Truck, Inflatables, Corn Hole Tournament, Bingo, Craft Show, Live Band, ORBIS Fishing Tournament. A schedule of the entire Fair Week will be available soon on the Osage Chamber of Commerce website: www.osagecitychamber.com (Happenings link) or the Osage County Fair Association website: www.osagecountyfair.org.
Wednesday evening, July 7 at 7:00, plans are to have the “Peterson Farm Brothers” who will give an entertaining performance which will be held at the football/track stadium. Admission will be free. Join the Peterson Farm Brothers for a program that’s entertaining, inspirational, educational, and motivational for people of all ages and all backgrounds. The program includes how they got started making videos, where all they’ve taken them, the power of communicating through social media, and the lessons they have learned in advocating for agriculture online. They will perform several of their parody music throughout the presentation and will be more than happy to stick around afterward for pictures, autographs, and conversations with attendees at the Osage City Community Building.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism own and operate a mobile aquarium (MA). The purpose of the MA is to increase public awareness and appreciation of Kansas’ fisheries resources, increase interest and participation in recreational fishing, and aid KDWPT in staying connected with the citizens of Kansas. The MA is 40 foot long and holds 3,200 gallons of water.
The Milford Fish Hatchery is home to the MA and the MA display fish. At events across the state of Kansas, the MA displays many Kansas sportfish and non-game fish. Species typically on display include; largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass (wiper), bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, buffalo, common carp, walleye, sauger, saugeye, redear sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, longnose gar, spotted gar, freshwater drum and many more. Fisheries biologists are on hand at MA events passing out literature and talking with you the public about the state’s fish resources.
The date for the annual community fireworks show hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce will be Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 10 p.m. There is going to be a full day of activities for all ages prior to the fireworks.
The event is one of the more expensive events that is offered to the community and it takes a joint effort of financial resources to help supplement the cost of the merchandise (fireworks). The Chamber was very pleased with the positive response of the sponsorship from businesses and individuals for this year and was able to meet the projected goal of $8,500.00 for this year.
Colton and Danielle Hallgren, owners of Osage Hardware were recently honored among the independent home improvement industry’s 2021 Young Retailer of the Year by the North American Hardware and Paint Association. The Young Retailer of the Year program identifies and promotes the next generation of aspiring independent home improvement, paint and decorating retailers, age 35 and younger throughout the U.S. and Canada. The award normally only recognizes an individual; however, Colton and Danielle were recognized as a couple for the award.
Colton and Danielle both grew up in Osage City. During high school, Colton worked for Willie and Mary Sue Atchison, then owners of Osage Hardware. After high school, Colton served in the Marine Corps, the couple got married and were stationed in California for four years. Upon finishing his career with the Marine Corps, they decided to move back to Osage City in 2016. Willie jokingly told Colton he would sell him the store and his home and they would retire. After two years of learning the business, they saved enough money to make a down payment and bought Osage Hardware in September 2018.
They have made their business a family-oriented staple of the community. Their sons, ages 3 and 5 come to the store every day and also the family dog, Sadie is the store mascot.
During their first years, they have made many updates to the interior of the store and have made a garden center in the adjacent vacant lot. The space has allowed them to offer an expanded selection of live plants, trees, mulch, bagged soil, outdoor furniture and décor, grills and more. Danielle has also started a community farmer’s market.
The Hallgrens have seen a 12 percent increase in sales their first year in business and a 41 percent increase during their second year. They continue to introduce new product lines and continue to add inventory. In 2020, they were recognized as an Emerging Business of the Year by the Kansas Small Business Development Center. They have achieved success and establishing their store without the benefit of a formal business education. Initially, after working and learning from the former store owners for two years, they have taken advantage of seminars on marketing, merchandising and sales as well as doing research and learning many of the basics of hardware retailing. Danielle has future plans to increase the store’s social media marketing efforts and store merchandising.
They take great pride in serving their community. Danielle coaches gymnastics with the local Parks and Recreation program and Colton currently is a volunteer firefighter. They are members of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and volunteer their time serving the community through various local events hosted at their store, including hands-on children’s activities for Mother’s Day, the annual Christmas on Market event and they also host local second graders each year for an educational program on small business.
Recently, they donated a Blackstone grill to a silent auction, which helped raise funds to cover a local man’s medical bills after he developed a brain tumor. They continually find ways to give back to the community and help those who are struggling.
According to the Executive Director for NHPA, being chosen as a “Young Retailer of the Year” is a high honor and Colton and Danielle exemplify the determination and innovation that keeps the manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers industry growing.
ORBIS Corporation recently named the Osage City facility the “2020 Plant of the Year”. The award honors one of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities. The Osage City plant employs 100 associates. Osage City facility had zero recordable injury incidents for the last two years. They achieved operational efficiency in 2020 as a top performer. Every association is dedicated to employee safety and customer satisfaction.
The Osage City plant is recognized for its strong performance in areas such as safety, quality, service, community relations and overall operational efficiency. The Osage City ORBIS facility was deemed an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic and was in full production throughout the entire year.
Osage City ORBIS plant take pride in serving the community. They belong to the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, are very supportive throughout the year including among a few, the Smoke In The Spring, Cruis’n and Cook’n Car Show, Chamber of Commerce and Osage County Senior Center events.
April 28, 2021, Tricia Gundy, owner of Peterson Assisted Living, hosted a Chamber of Commerce Member “After Hours Mixer” and Ribbon Cutting ceremony recognizing the new ownership which transpired last year; however, due to the COVID pandemic, was unable to have the ceremony.
Peterson Assisted Living, LLC is an Adult Care Home specializing in the needs of seniors transitioning from home to living in an environment that feels like home, but has 24-hour nursing care available, and assists with activities of daily living. We are licensed by the State of Kansas and owned and operated by State licensed operator, Tricia Gundy.
Peterson Assisted Living was purchased March 1, 2020, by Tricia from previous owner, Crystal Peterson. Built in 1996, Peterson Assisted Living has 20 apartments and licensed for 22 beds. Current occupancy is 21. Staff includes: Tricia Gundy-Operator, Kaitlin Vandevord-Operator, Tammie Butler-LPN/DON, Mona Smith-CMA, Payton Strohm-CMA, Jordan Hon-CMA, Sonya Whitmore-CMA, Zona Tucker-Dietary Manager, Rylea Hon-Dietary Aide/CAN, Greta Crawford-Dietary Aide, Wanda Graybeal-Housekeeping.
Ladies, Gentlemen, Clubs, Organizations, Businesses, & Others:
The Chamber would like to invite you to participate in our annual summer parade on Friday July 9th at 6:30 pm! We are seeking float, truck, car, and ATV/Golf Cart entries. Participants must be at least 17 years old to drive a motorized entry and no water balloons please. Other entries like bands, clubs, horses, and marching units are also welcome! The Chamber offers prize money in two different categories: floats and ATV/Golf Carts. Float winners receive $125 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd, $75 for 3rd, and $50 for 4th. ATV/Golf Cart payouts are $30 for 1st, $20 for 2nd, and $10 for 3rd.
The theme this year is “Honoring Hometown Heroes.” Pay tribute to those who serve others by decorating and displaying a float or other entry in their honor.
Judging of entries will be done between 5:15 and 5:45 pm at Flint Hills Beverage. Participants will then proceed to line up at the west end of Market Street near BP Station and Bullseye Liquor. Parade line up/parking numbers will not be assigned. Click here for full 2021 parade information.
This year’s parade will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.
The parade is always an annual highlight of the summer. Thank you to all the businesses, organizations, clubs, schools and individuals in this area that have supported it. We look forward to all the parade entries and hope spectators will enjoy another memorable, safe, and fun event.
Please email or text your parade entry form information to the contact below.
Christmas on Market theme “Candyland Christmas” was selected for the 2021 event which will be held in November. The date for the event will be determined in the near future.