Winslow grateful for volunteers at the Osage County Fair

By Neal A. Johnson, UD Editor
Posted 7/13/22

Linn Lions Club Osage County Fair Chairman Tracy Winslow said he appreciates all the volunteers who made the event successful.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’m thankful,” he …

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Winslow grateful for volunteers at the Osage County Fair

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Linn Lions Club Osage County Fair Chairman Tracy Winslow said he appreciates all the volunteers who made the event successful.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’m thankful,” he said. “They put in a lot of work to make sure the fair goes well, and it’s very much appreciated.”

Overall, Winslow said the fair was well attended, with events over the three-day event offering plenty for everyone.

“After COVID, we hoped our numbers would go back up, and I think they were pretty good,” said Winslow. “Having a carnival with full rides was great. There weren’t as many running due to staffing issues, but everyone seemed to have fun.”

Main Stage Coordinator Mark Loethen oversaw the opening ceremony, which included an opening prayer by Rev. David Kruger of First Baptist Church, the presentation of colors by the Linn Fire Protection District Honor Guard, a performance of the National Anthem by Linn High School student Faith McKim, and a tribute to veterans. 

There also was an appreciation ceremony recognizing frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, 911 employees, ambulance personnel, fire department volunteers, and first responders.

Back by popular demand, “Steve the Reptile Man” presented a live show on the main stage. This informative session featured lizards, snakes, tarantulas, and many other reptiles.

Mud Bowl XXXII’s move from Saturday to Friday was a difference this year, but it drew a good crowd. “Mitch Branson did a great job prepping everything for the mud run, and we brought in a company to run it,” said Winslow of Gateway Mud Racers Association. “We added purse money and trophies, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.”

Saturday’s demolition derby put on by FFT-Flowers Full Throttle Demolition Derby was also well-received, and it’s uncertain how next year’s schedule will work out.

“It’s going to depend on interest in the events and who will be available,” said Winslow.

He added that a significant law enforcement presence kept everything flowing smoothly across all three days. “I’m not aware of any fights or other disturbances,” Winslow said. “We are grateful to Sheriff (Mike) Bonham for having his deputies at the fair and for directing traffic when needed.”

Musical acts on the State Tech stage were more prominent this year as it was moved to face the beer garden. “That gave people an opportunity to hang out and enjoy the music,” Winslow said, noting that Cassie Twehus on Friday and Prairie Moon on Saturday put on good shows.

All in all, Winslow said he’s very pleased. “We appreciate everyone who came out this year,” said Winslow. “As always, we feel it was a great event for the community.”

Be sure to check out the UD this week and next for action and results from the Osage County Fair.

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