Osage County Fair starts today


Eva Norris, 5, focuses intently on getting to the finish line as fast as possible during the first round of the Osage County Fair Children's Power Wheel Mud Run at the Osage County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Linn, Mo. Norris has competed in the Mud Run since she was two years old.
Eva Norris, 5, focuses intently on getting to the finish line as fast as possible during the first round of the Osage County Fair Children's Power Wheel Mud Run at the Osage County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Linn, Mo. Norris has competed in the Mud Run since she was two years old.


Step right up! The Osage County Fair is back in town.

Located at the Linn Lions Club Fairgrounds, the 4-H fair will be today through Saturday with shows and events happening throughout each day, and the carnival from 6-10 p.m.

The three-day event will be packed with lots of fun kid activities, nightly events on the track, games and contests, livestock shows and live music.

Aside from shows and activities, there will be more ways children can creatively express themselves at the exhibit building.

"Kids can show off projects from quilting or, if they're involved in making food, like cookies or breads," said Dakota Souders, Osage County youth program associate. "We also have different things like robotics and knitting and sewing. Just a whole bunch of different projects outside of livestock."

Schedule

Livestock shows begin at 8 a.m. today and will continue through the afternoon. The food stands and beer gardens will open at 5 p.m.

The official fair opening ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will consist of a National Anthem performance by Faith McKim; a tribute to veterans; thanking and acknowledging first responders, frontline health care workers and law enforcement officials; and more.

At 7 p.m., the Little Miss and Mister Contest and the tractor pulling contest will be held. The Reptile Experience by Steve the Reptile Man will begin at 8 p.m.

The first night will end with a variety of kids' games, such as a water balloon toss, bubble gum chewing and blowing and a turtle race, beginning at 9 p.m., for children ages 12 and under.

On Friday, Kids' Morning Out at the Fair will begin a 9 a.m., where businesses -- such as Three Rivers Electric Cooperative, Missouri Grows and more -- will host interactive activities and give handouts to families.

"They're invited out for the morning so they can experience the fair for free and get to talk to different businesses," Souders said.

The livestock shows will begin at 11 a.m. at the arena, and the food stands and beer gardens open again at 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the Power Wheels Mud Run and the Mud Bowl XXXII are scheduled; the kids' tractor pull will follow at 7 p.m.

On the stage at 8 p.m. will be the parent-child lookalike contest, immediately followed by the hula-hoop and twist contest and the greased pig contest at 8:30 p.m.

Live music from Cassie Twehus will cap the second night, starting at 9 p.m.

The last day of the fair, Saturday, will begin with an early barbecue cookoff at 10 a.m. The food stands will open at noon and the beer gardens at 1 p.m.

At 3 p.m., a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and free-throw shootout will be held at the Linn Elementary gym, as well as a horseshoe-throwing contest.

The baby show, sponsored by Parents as Teachers, will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the FFT Demo Derby at 6:30 p.m.

The Osage Drifters will provide live music at 7 p.m., and the kids' karaoke contest will begin at 8 p.m. at the picnic pavilion.

Live music from Prairie Moon will begin at 9 p.m. on the stage, while adult karaoke will take over the picnic pavilion simultaneously.

Fireworks will signal the end of another Osage County Fair at 10 p.m.

Armbands for carnival rides can be purchased in advance for $20 at Legends and MidAmerica Banks or on the fairground for $25. Each band is valid for one day only. For more information, visit www.osagecountyfair.com/home.