Around Osage County

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Shidler car show

revs up on Saturday

Shidler’s annual car show is scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Coussens Park, North Cosden Avenue, Shidler. The park will be open for registration of entries at 8:30 a.m.

Dash plaques for the first 150 entries will be presented at 3:30 p.m. along with the Best of Show Award. The Shidler Volunteer Fire Department is operating the concession stand with the proceeds as one of the fundraisers for the Rescue Truck ancillary equipment. Automotive related vendor space is available.

Registration forms are available online at www.shidleroklahoma.com. For more information, send an email to Chamber@shidleroklahoma.com.


Labor Day events

planned Sept. 1-3

The Arkansas River town of Ralston has planned a three-day extravaganza, Sept. 1-3, in honor of Labor Day. The festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 1, with registration for a 1-mile fun run, which will begin at 9 a.m. Other key attractions Sept. 1 will include a Smoke Off, and a Cruise In and Car Show.

Registration for the Smoke Off will be from 9-10 a.m. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Judging will be from 4:30 to 5 p.m., and awards will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

The Cruise In and Car Show will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with awards at 2:30 p.m.

The culmination of the first day will be a street dance at 8 p.m. on Sixth Street, with music provided by the Midland Valley Band.

Sept. 2, a gospel music concert is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. At dusk, an outdoor movie is planned.

On Monday, Sept. 3, events are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and to conclude about 6 p.m. Parade registration will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at J&S Hobbies on West Main. The parade will be at 11 a.m.

Other events planned for that day include a Terrapin Derby, a Soap Box Derby and a free barbecue feed.

The Ralston Opera House and the Historic Bank Building will be open for touring all three days. Booth spaces are also available for $15 and $25.


Witkop Foundation

benefit set Sept. 1

The Witkop Foundation Benefit Clay Pigeon and Dove Hunt: noon, at Spur Ranch, State Highway 60, 14.8 miles west of Vinita. Barbecue lunch served, live country and western band, practice clay pigeon shooting and dusk dove hunt. First-aid station on site. Proceeds to finance a safari in honor of a fallen military aviator, the late Maj. Troy Gilbert, who died in action in Iraq in 2006.

For information contact Don Pitts of Sand Springs at (817) 845-9507, or contact Gary Lanham of Hominy at (918) 510-0032 or visit https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/Mzc4OTI=.


Free Fair theme


The Osage County Free Fair begins Sept. 12 by taking Still Exhibit Entries from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All categories and age groups need to be entered at this time. The building will be locked at 6 p.m. and everything will be judged after the buildings close for the night. Everything will be judged and on display on Thursday morning when the fair officially opens at 9 a.m. Vendor and public service booths should set up on Wednesday too.

Livestock and animal exhibits will also be entered 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. This year the fair board is trying something new. In an effort to bring our fair back together and make it more convenient for the fair-goer, all small animal and livestock exhibits will be entered, held and shown at the south horse and livestock barns near the Agriculture and Women’s buildings on the fairgrounds.

The well ventilated and secure building will house the animals and the noon livestock show on Sept. 15 will be held in a pavilion tent just east of the barn. A contained and shaded show ring and bleachers will be set up for the show. There will be plenty of shade and room for everyone. There will be wash bays on contained, solid surface.

Only residents of Osage County will be eligible to show at the Osage County Fair. Entry categories have not changed from last year. Fair books are available at the Osage County Extension office, the Osage County Shop buildings in the three districts, or online. The online Fair Book can be found on the OSU website: oces.okstate.edu/osage. All entries will be released Saturday at 8 p.m. Please check the schedule for judging and show times. There will be periodic fair updates on our Facebook page.

Booth exhibitors and vendors will be able to set up on Wednesday before opening fair day on Thursday. Civic service groups and churches are encouraged to have booths at the fair. Public service and information booths are available for free. Booth space for Vendors will be $20, and this covers all three days of the fair. Locations for these booths are on a “first come” basis with preference given to returning booth people.

Booths and vendors will be released on Saturday, at 8 p.m. Political party and candidate booths are $20 each. Two chairs will be provided for each reserved booth. Forms for all types of fair booths can be found on the Osage County Free Fair 2018 Facebook page or on the Osage County extension website. Mail in your booth space forms soon to ensure your group has a spot. Booth space is limited. There is lots of room for outside booths and exhibits.

There are free booth spaces available for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops from Osage County for sales or just for display. Scout troops may sign up for booth space using the public service and information booth forms. Please mail in advance to ensure a spot.

Admission to the fair and to all activities and events is free. Buildings open each day at 9 a.m. Food concessions will be available each day. The children’s area is open all three days of the fair. Doors will be closed and locked at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

There will be things for everyone to do at the fair: vendors, turtle races, livestock shows, talent shows, a petting zoo, salsa and chili making contests and more. On Sept. 14, there will be live demonstrations by vendors and 4H and OHCE members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Agriculture Building. Also, on Friday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m., enjoy free live music under the stars on the Cattlemen’s Stage. Bring your lawn chairs.

School Day at the fair will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Fun for the day includes: inflatables and mini rides, games, a magician and other hands-on activities. All Osage County schools are invited, including preschools.

School exhibits are also welcome in the fair. There is prize money and expense reimbursement for those schools attending or exhibiting. There will be shade pavilions for spectators near the children’s activity area. Check the fair book or call for more information: (918) 287-4170 or (918) 440-0785.

At 9 a.m., Sept. 15, the Midwest Ranch Horse Association Show will begin at the Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena. There will be competitions for peewee, youth, novice, intermediate, junior horse and open classes. Anyone can enter. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact: Russell Powell at (620) 344-0487.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 15, there will be a Vintage Car Show beginning at 10 a.m. Car buffs from all over the area are invited to exhibit or just enjoy the old cars. There is an exhibitor fee of $10, and there will be prizes including peoples choice.

The night of Sept. 15, the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association will hold its Ranch Rodeo. It will also be held at the Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena. Teams from all over Osage County and Green Country will be showing off their ranch skills and having fun doing it.

There will be food concessions and vendors selling ranch supplies and more. There are still spots available to sell merchandise. Plan to attend the OCCA Ranch Rodeo at 6 p.m. Sept. 15. For more information, to enter a team or concessions, contact: Tyler Thomas (918) 557-2989.

The Osage County Free Fair Board is working to grow and improve your county fair.

If you would like to volunteer, have questions about the events, or about entering exhibits or booth spaces, please call: (918) 287-4170 or (918) 440-0785.


Cultural encampment

registration opens

The 10th Annual WahZhaZhe Cultural Encampment will be held Oct. 20-21. Registration began Aug. 20. The registration deadline is Sept. 21. Register for the cultural encampment online at www.osagenation-nsn.gov or email culturalcenter@osagenation-nsn.gov, or call (918) 287-5555. Some of the guidelines include:

  • In order to register you must be Osage
  • Non-Osage parents, spouses, and significant others are encouraged to participate as guests of a registered Osage member
  • Children under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • You must agree to complete the orientation and training the morning the adventure begins
  • Absolutely, no drugs or alcohol will be allowed during the event
  • No onsite registrations will be accepted

The mission of the WahZhaZhe Cultural Center is to ensure the survival of the WahZhaZhe Nation of people. We will share, preserve, and celebrate the values, teachings and tribal ways that our elders entrusted to present and future generations. Our strength will come from the commitment of our WahZhaZhe people and the knowledge that the WahZhaZhe Nation is blessed by WaKonDa.

Physical Address: WahZhaZhe Cultural Center, 220 W. Main, Pawhuska, OK 74056. Office phone: (918) 287-5555.