Sept. 15 will be eventful

Robert Smith

If you can’t find something to do Sept. 15 in Pawhuska, that’s your fault.

The third Saturday in September is shaping up to be a big deal in the county seat for at least three reasons - the biggest day of the Osage County Free Fair, the chance to participate in the annual KanOkla 100 Mile Highway Sale, and the opportunity to enjoy food and entertainment while helping the local American Legion raise money.

All day long Sept. 15 at the Osage County Fairgrounds, there will be food and fun as the annual Free Fair hits its peak. Among the events that day will be a horse show, a car show and a ranch rodeo.

Downtown, there will be two additional events. They are being organized separately, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy them in conjunction with one another.

One event will be in the county/city parking area behind the county 911 office. This will be the area where you can set up to participate in the annual KanOkla 100 Mile Highway Sale. If you are interested, call Randi Chesbro of Sister’s Attic, who is the contact person for the event on behalf of the Pawhuska Merchants Association, at (918) 287-2626. There is no charge to set up a table and sell your items.

Chesbro, who is also a member of the Osage County Tourism Board, anticipates the Highway Sale activity will last from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but she will likely be on-site by 7 a.m. She added that banners will be used in town to promote the sale. There will not be food vendors at this event, Chesbro said.

She emphasized that participants need to be prepared to take away with them anything they don’t sell.

“They need to take everything with them that they bring,” Chesbro said.

Taking place nearby on Sept. 15, but organized separately, will be an American Legion event called Ride the Osage. This will be the first year for the event, and the Osage County commissioners voted this past Monday to provide it with $500 of financial support. The county Tourism Board made the request for the financial backing, and District 3 Commissioner Darren McKinney asked Claud Rosendale of the Tourism Board to help make sure that the county is provided with data to show how well-attended the event turns out to be.

Scott Trotter, who has helped the American Legion with its event, said there will be a vehicle show geared toward motorcycles, entertainers, food vendors and a dunk tank.

Post 198 Adjutant Danny Mooney said Ride the Osage will raise money to help pay for items associated with American Legion honor guard and color guard activities. It will also raise money for the Legion’s national legacy scholarship fund, Mooney said. Post 198 will turn over money to the state level, which will pass it along to the national level, he said.