OSAGE | From antique festivals to Friday nights out, the Osage Chamber of Commerce is planning a full summer of events.

One of the highlights is the Summer Treasures Fest on June 3, a celebration of antiques, repurposed items and lawn art and plants. The event is designed to complement Osage’s Autumn Artistry in the fall.

Held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lots by Home Trust and Savings Bank and Art’s Shoes, the event has a focus on antiques and restored or repurposed items. Food and refreshments will be available.

Another highlight of the summer will be the downtown farmers markets, located in the green space on the site of the old fire station (behind the China House Restaurant) on South Seventh Street.

The markets are held from 8 a.m. until noon on the first Saturdays of the month. The current Saturday market, held at Town and Country Plaza, will continue there.

The first of five Friday Nights Out in City Park will be held from 5:30-10 p.m. on Friday, June 16. The popular event features live music, kids’ activities, food and beverages. Jesse Allen band will provide the entertainment for the first Friday.

BRAM on June 24 will allow bike enthusiasts the opportunity to tour Mitchell County from the seat of their bikes. The tour will travel through the towns of Mitchell, Orchard, McIntire, Riceville and New Haven to enjoy the scenery along the Cedar River, Iowa country-side, and the Wapsi Great Western Trail.

Food and drink stops are provided on the longer routes, with plenty of good eats in Riceville. The tour will then return to Osage to enjoy Main Street.

On the Fourth of July is the “On the Run for Education” 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk, sponsored by the Osage Education Foundation. Registration is from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m., followed by awards at 9 a.m. The race will begin and end in the Cedar River Complex parking lot. There will be drinks and snacks following the race in City Park.

This year’s Fourth of July Parade begin at 10 a.m. and a $10 fee for all entries will be charged. The Farm Bureau Town & Country BBQ follows at 11 a.m. at the CRC Events Center on the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.

The summer winds down in Osage with the annual Mitchell County Fair from Aug. 2-6 at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. Highlights include a car demolition derby, a combine demolition derby, sanctioned tractor pull and concerts.

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