The Cavalcade Rodeo in Pawhuska is set to kick off next Monday and a fun-filled week is sure to be had by all.
Beginning at 7 p.m. that Monday, a queen's horsemanship contest will start off the week at the Osage County Fairgrounds. The first rodeo is set to take place on Tuesday morning beginning at 9 a.m. Real Country KRIG 104.9 will be broadcasting live at that time from 9-11.
At 7 p.m. that night, a queen's auction and fashion show will take place in downtown Pawhuska and that will be followed by the Cavalcade Street Dance, featuring Trett Charles.
Rodeo performances will start the day at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Evening performances will begin at 7 p.m. all three days. Concerts will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. each night featuring the likes of Jon Stork, Bo Phillips and Shane Smith and the Saints. Your favorite station for country music will also be live at Cavalcade on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30.
On Saturday, a parade in downtown Pawhuska will commence at 10 a.m. followed by the evening's rodeo performance at 7 and concert to follow. Chairman of the Cavalcade Rodeo, Jeff Bute says they will be doing everything they can to keep the public safe while at Cavalcade next week.
The rodeo finals will take place Sunday morning.
You will have a chance to receive a free COVID-19 antibody test by participating in a blood drive on the Osage Nation campus on Tuesday, July 21st beginning at 9:30 a.m. An appointment is needed to donate. To schedule the appointment, call 918-287-5482.
Your test results will be mailed to you after the blood donation. Those getting the antibody test must be 18 or older. All donors will also receive a Gone Savin' Lives T-shirt and a choice of tickets to an area theme park.
Join #TeamLucy this weekend for a strike out cancer benefit. Beginning at 6 p.m. this Friday, there will be a $5 dinner plate, live band, snow cones, dunk tank, T-shirts and raffle tickets at Don Tyler Park in Dewey to help raise funds for #TeamLucy.
That Saturday and Sunday will feature youth softball tournaments. There is a $200 entry fee. All proceeds will benefit the Lucy family to assist with medical bills and any other expenses they may incur throughout this process. For more information, you may text 918-886-1368 or 918-977-1629.
With the COVID-19 pandemic taking place, the Osage County Courthouse and other county-owned buildings have been closed. There is a policy in place on how county workers should be paid when forced to be off for no fault of their own, but district one commissioner Randall Jones wants to make sure everyone is in agreement with how those policies are being followed.
The most recent incident occurred in district one a few weeks ago when several downtown businesses were forced to close because of a waterline break in Pawhuska. Jones said if you don't follow the guidelines laid out in the handbook properly, it can be very costly to the county.
This is an item the commissioners will continue to discuss at a later meeting.
Oklahoma State Legislatures recently voted to assist all 77 counties with additional funding in light of the COVID-19 pandemic for the next fiscal year. This money will be put into the highway fund and will be distributed to each district. District one commissioner for Osage County, Randall Jones explains how that money is distributed.
Because district one is so large, they will get nearly half of that money from the state. District two will get nearly 20 percent, leaving Kevin Paslay dissatisfied with the way they calculate who gets the money.
Paslay understands that it is difficult making everybody happy. Jones would go on to say that this is a subject that would have to get re-visited at a later date.
When the 2020 census numbers are released, the districts will change once again, meaning money will be distributed at different percentages.
Nine students from Pawhuska High School are being honored because they were accepted into the 2020 Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society.
To qualify for this award, students must have a 3.9 GPA, be active in leadership programs and participate in Native American events. Kaitlyn Adkins, Shelby Bute, Jozelyn Brace, Easton Kirk, Zowie Miles, Jordan Nelson, Madison Quinton, Alyssa Reynolds and Gianna Sieke were all given the award.
A ceremony was scheduled in April to honor these nine students, but it had to be canceled because of COVID-19.
The seventh Osage Nation Congress Inauguration Ceremony, originally scheduled to take place at the Osage Casino in Tulsa has since been canceled and will now take place on the Osage Nation Campus. The event is still set to take place this Saturday. It will be a private ceremony that can be live-streamed.
Due to the current situation we are facing with COVID-19, the Osage Nation felt it would be best to hold the private ceremony. All who participate will be tested prior to entering the building and proper protocols will be followed. The seventh Osage Nation Congress will meet for their first session by remote location following the inauguration.
Joe Tillman, RJ Walker and John Maker were all re-elected, while Jodie Revard, Pam Shaw and Billy Keene were each elected to serve their first time in the June 1st election. Pawhuska last held an inauguration ceremony in 2014.
When preparing the budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, Amanda Howerton with Youth Services of Osage County, Inc. realized they were going to be $100,000 short of making their needed goal of nearly $440,000. To do better financially, Howerton began looking at different ways to make money. That is why she was at Monday's Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting asking for help.
This would help at risk youth coming into the youth service program. If the commissioners were to help the organization, it would cost the commissioners just over $100,000 a year, balancing out the budget shortfall the program faces. Howerton says there are 11 employees at the facility and there are usually close to six kids at the facility at one time. Howerton says it has been difficult making ends meet.
District one commissioner Randall Jones would like to help the organization, but he knows everyone is in dire straits with the times we are in right now.
The commissioners requested that they have time to get some more information on this subject before making a decision. As a result, they took no action on the item.
There has been talks of adding a carnival to this year's Osage County Free Fair, but the effects of COVID-19 has made things difficult, as Fair Board Director Macy Strom is still unsure if they will be able to hold the event. Strom recently spoke with a representative of Spectacular Amusement and learned how much it would cost if they were to sign a contract, but had to back out because of health concerns.
Strom said they are looking at bringing in between 8 and 12 rides. That would cost anywhere between $24,000 to $28,000. Strom has been in contact with the organizers about having anything from pony rides, to a ferris wheel and a tilt a whirl for the adults. Strom said she has talked to some of the schools to see what their thoughts are.
The Osage County Free Fair is currently scheduled to take place during the second week of September at the fairgrounds in Pawhuska.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting at the fairgrounds in Pawhuska on Monday and discussed a wide array of items.
Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts informed the commissioners that there have been three new coronavirus cases in Osage County in the last seven days with no additional deaths. After hearing this, the commissioners opted to keep all procedures the same regarding the public entering the courthouse.
The commissioners approved and signed the Oklahoma State Extension Services Agreement for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This will cost nearly $150,000.
There was a public hearing regarding property that the county owned. The county no longer needs this land and were looking to declare the plot of land in Pawhuska as surplus. After closing the public hearing, the commissioners did that and it was noted that the City of Pawhuska has expressed interest in buying that property.
A special meeting was called on the last day of June and the first day of July as well to close out the fiscal year and open another one. Fairfax Area Supervisor Ted Smith was filling in for district three commissioner Darren McKinney. There was one utility permit signed in district one.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting will be next Monday at 10 o' clock in the morning for those interested in attending.