OSAGE CITY—Fair season hits full tilt in Osage County this week as Melvern’s Sunflower Days wraps up and the Osage City Osage County Fair begins.
The event features its usual fare of live music and the parade on Thursday; talent show and fireworks Friday, and a three-day carnival, beginning Thursday.
New this year will be the addition of a Mixed Martial Arts event, billed as the “Spartan Fighting Alliance 3,” which will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday inside the tennis courts in Jones Park.
“We were brainstorming for ideas for ways to make the last day of the fair busier, and get more people to come,” said Will Kerns, president of the Osage City Lion’s Club.
The event is unique to the fair, and brings the up and coming MMA sport to the county for the first time.
“We are shooting for 12 amateur mixed martial arts matches,” said Jeff Coen, promoter for the event. “The doors open at 6 p.m. and the fights start at 7. It’ll probably go until 11 or so.”
A lighted MMA hexagon fighting ring will be placed in the center of the tennis courts, with bleachers around the outside. Tables directly around the ring will go for $30, seats for $20 and standing room tickets will be sold for $15.
“It’s going to be small cozy area, so it’ll be up close and action packed,” Coen said. “There will be some excellent matchups, and potential knockouts.”
One of the fighters looking for a good matchup is Adam Pollman, of Osage City, who has competed in MMA fighting for about a year.
“I never in my life thought I’d be able to fight in Osage City,” said Pollman. “I think we’re going to recognize a lot of faces. We’re going to have a lot of support.
Pollman, 20, is 4-0 in matches fought in Emporia and Topeka, and will be one of three local fighters competing Saturday, along with Joey Harris, Osage City, and Tabby Patterson, Burlingame.
“I think people are going to be interested in the fight, but having someone they know in the fight, someone they can cheer for, is going to bring a much better crowd,” Pollman said. “It’s a phenomenal opportunity for all of us.”
The Osage City Lion’s Club will also benefit from the event, raising funds through food, refreshments and alcohol sales.
“I think we’ll have a great turnout,” Pollman said. “I’d really like to see this be an ongoing event and bring more people to the fair.”
Osage City Osage County Fair Events
The Osage City fair board has scheduled three full evenings of entertainment for the fair this year. The annual Chamber of Commerce parade on Market Street will be 7 p.m. June 26. The theme is “Celebrate Lake Fever.” Following the parade at 8:30 p.m., in front of the new football stadium, will be a musical duo known as the Brothers Blue. They sing to recorded original Blues Brothers songs and some good old Rock and Roll.
The annual talent show, sponsored by Harmon Dental, will be 7 p.m. June 27 at the grandstand. This has been a popular event for several years. In case of rain, the show will be held in the school auditorium. After the talent show, a great fireworks show will follow. The grandstand or the Lions Club food booth would be a good viewing place.
A mixed martial arts event will take place June 26 on the tennis court sponsored by the Osage City Lions Club. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m. A beer garden will be nearby. Also starting a 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand will be a band called “Downward Spiral.” This band plays classic rock mixed with a little country and some originals. Steve Nelson is a member of the band and is an Osage City High School graduate with some local connections. Rain-out location will be in the school auditorium.
Admission will be charged for the mixed martial arts event and the “Downward Spiral” band. Donations will be solicited for the Brothers Blue event and for the fireworks.
The usual exhibits and vendor booths will be in the Osage City Community Building and old skating rink. The popular Lions Club food booth will have the usual offerings each day and evening.
The carnival is offering all you can ride bands for $20 each night or individual tickets will be sold. Wristbands can be used 7-11 p.m. each night.
The livestock shows will be held during the day. On June 25, judging of the exhibits starts at 1 p.m. The bucket calf, dairy and beef show will begin at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, the goat and sheep show starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the rabbit and poultry show at 9:30 a.m. At 7:30 p.m., the swine show will be held.
On June 28, the dog show begins at 8 a.m. and the cat and pet show at 10 a.m. The round robin showmanship will be at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the livestock judging contest begins at 9 a.m. and the 4-H livestock sale starts at 6 p.m.