June 25, 2021

In the know with Osceola Chamber Main Street

After a year off, and back by popular demand, Thursdays In the Park return. Join OCMS for the kick-off event, June 3rd “Meet Your OCMS Business Partners.” Free pulled pork sandwiches courtesy Osceola Foods and Hy-Vee will be served by OCMS Board Members; entertainment by the Salt Creek Band.

Meet the people behind the businesses that help make OCMS run; contribute to community activities; support other Osceola Businesses, and provide jobs. Door prizes throughout the evening.

Spring Fling Wrap-Up

The reimagined Snowflake Ball happened under the roof of the Clarke County Fairgrounds show ring, with Tawny Waske at the Microphone keeping the tunes going. Children were treated to a goody bag provided by OCMS and everyone could purchase food from the Clarke County Cattlemen. The fair board served beverages and sponsor, Dr. David Hoadley and Tammy Fitzpatrick from Osceola Vision snapped photos to commemorate the fun.

Thank you to the Premier Sponsor- Kale Funeral Home and other sponsors: 1st National Bank, Osceola Vision, Hy-Vee, and Flowers ‘N More.

Event volunteers: Karon Keefe, Angie Williams, Brooke Caldwell, Ashleigh Eckels, and a shout out to the Cattlemen for help with clean up.

Fourth of July Events: Parade of Stars July 1st-4th

OCMS Director, Ashleigh Eckels, secured the carnival last summer after the traditional celebration was canceled and the OCMS Fourth of July Committee began meeting several months ago to schedule each day, contact entertainment and vendors, invite judges, and details too many to list.

July 1

4-10 p.m. Carnival

6 p.m. Pet Parade and Contest sponsored by Mayberry’s Coffee House and Eatery

July 2

4-10 p.m. Carnival

4:30 p.m. Pedal Pull Registration, pull begins at 5 p.m.

6:30-9:30 p.m. BRNT on the bandstand

July 3

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Carnival

7-10 a.m. *Pancake Breakfast

7:30 a.m. packet pickup for Firecracker Run hosted by Clarke County Hospital

9 a.m. Little Mr./Miss Contest at the bandstand

9:30 a.m. Firecracker Run

10 a.m. Veterans Raise Flag

10:30 a.m. Parade

12:30 p.m. Pie Contest results and auction

2 p.m. Talent Show

6:30-9:30 p.m. Red Dirt Renegade on the bandstand

10 p.m. Fireworks at Lakeside

July 4th

11 a.m.- 10 p.m.Carnival

11 a.m. Patriotic Service on the bandstand

Bags Tournament- TBA

1-3 p.m. The Halfmoons on the bandstand

5-6 p.m. Rick Burke

6-8 p.m. The Briggs Family

OCMS needs more food and other vendors.

*Fundraiser opportunities-, pancake breakfast sponsors, and bags tournament organizers, courthouse restroom hosts and trash pickup crews.

Vendor forms and contest applications at osceolachamber.com and OCMS office.

Business Buzz

Did you know OCMS Business Partners, Great Western Bank build all the table tents? Hopefully, you found one at your favorite business or eatery. Thanks to our May sponsors: Chesnut Lawn and Landscape, Communications Solutions, Rychnovsky Pest Solutions and Luce Construction LLC.

The June Table Tents were built by the Great Western Bank crew and brought to you by these sponsors: Highway Lumber, Hy-Vee, Great Western Bank, and Kerr Family Dental. Delivery Volunteers: Linda Phipps, John Kempen-Osceola Foods Crew; Nicole Jacobson, Amy Lampe, and 1st National Bank crew; Dave and Lianne Opie- Clarke Electric; Stephanie Snell and James Rutherford-Edward Jones Company; and Sean Cullen-Great Western Bank.

June Thursdays in the Park

June 10: Mental Health Awareness hosted by the Clarke County Coalition. Live presentations: 6 p.m.,” Make it Okay” by CROSS Region- Carrie Gordon; and 6:30 p.m. “Ending the Silence” by IowaNAMI-Brittany Freeman. Other activities and information by: Child Care Resource & Referral of Central Iowa, Decatur County Public Health, Marion County Public Health, Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Parents as Teachers, Clarke County Hospital, Crisis and Advocacy Intervention Services, CROSS Region, and Crossroads.

June 17: Meet Your Manufacturers

June 24: Community Talent Show hosted by Iowa Honey Company, contact Kasi Shaw- kasi.shaw@mosaicinfo.org

Osceola Movie Production Reminder

Anyone interested in being a vendor for the movie production coming to Osceola must complete the information required at the following links:

Production Directory Registrations: https://ia.reel-scout.com/crew_registration.aspx

Location Database: https://ia.reel-scout.com/loc_results.aspx

Produce Iowa Media Directory: https://ia.reel-scout.com/crew_login.aspx

For questions, please call OCMS @ 641-342-4200 or contact Liz Gillman, Executive Producer-Produce Iowa State Office of Media Production @ liz.gilman@iowa.gov

Osceola Public Library Summer Activities

The OPL staff packed their calendar with activities for young and not-so-young. The summer reading program for up through 12th grade begins June 7, but that is just the beginning of fun. Other events include visiting artists and performers, magic, geocaching, bird watching, canvas painting, escape rooms, Polka music, parrots and more.

Some events require pre-registration and kids craft days are limited to participants. Pick up the full calendar at the library.

Free Smithsonian Virtual Scholar Talk

Because OCMS hosted the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, the Institute frequently sends free educational links and materials via email. This virtual event 7 p.m. ET June 17, features Dr. Jon Grinspan, Curator in the Division of Political and Military History at the National Museum of American History. The Presentation Title: “What America’s Greatest Father-Daughter Political Dynasty Teaches US About Fixing Democracy.” If interested, contact OCMS to receive the link.

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