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John Brown Jamboree 2.0 Parade Signups Open Now

The 2022 John Brown Jamboree parade is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th, at 7:00pm. Like in previous years, the parade will run down Main Street from 1st to 12th and the public is invited to line the corridor and celebrate the community. The parade theme celebrates the history of the John Brown Jamboree festival, so break out the nostalgia and have fun! If you’re interested in participating in the 2022 parade, please fill out the form linked below.


For more information on the rest of the planned festivities for John Brown Jamboree 2.0 in 2022, please visit them on Facebook or email members of the volunteer-based committee [email protected]

The John Brown Jamboree is part of the City of Osawatomie’s four Signature Events series, along with the Lights on the Lake, Freedom Festival, and Border War BBQ.

Bestselling Author Coming to Osawatomie for Signing


Best-selling author to autograph books at two KC Metro area locations

Author Roxie Yonkey will be autographing her best-selling book 100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 18 at No. 81, Mahaffie Stage Stop and Farm in Olathe. The book signing will be free to attend. The book features numerous other Northeast Kansas attractions, and Northeast Kansas Tourism professionals will be at Mahaffie as well. Learn more about all Northeast Kansas has to offer and register for a gift basket. Buy a book at the stage stop or ahead of time at

On March 19, Yonkey will autograph books at the Osawatomie Public Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I am so excited to be working side by side with my friends in the Kansas tourism industry at Mahaffie,” Yonkey said. “Their help has made writing and promoting my book and the destinations within it much easier. I appreciate every one of them.”

When Yonkey made her 100 Things list, Mahaffie and Osawatomie were easy choices. “The Santa Fe Trail was integral to the state’s development, and we are still the Breadbasket of the Nation,” Yonkey stated. “At Mahaffie, guests can learn what early Kansas agriculture and transportation was like, and hopefully better appreciate our founding fathers and mothers,” she said.

“Furthermore, writing about Kansas without including John Brown is impossible,” she said. “Brown was adamant in defense of freedom, and delivered his own brand of justice during the Bleeding Kansas period. I am looking forward to walking in Brown’s footsteps in Osawatomie.”

In December 2021, Yonkey’s publisher asked her to write the book “Secret Kansas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure .” It will come out in the spring of 2023. Yonkey will visit the Johnson County Museum while she’s in Olathe, and hopes to research at least one more Johnson County location.

Yonkey has been writing about Kansas for over 30 years. One Hundred Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die is her second book. In 2020, she co-authored the book Midwest Road Trip Adventures. That book includes road trip guides for all
12 Midwest states. Yonkey wrote the Kansas chapter and the Black Hills section of the South Dakota chapter. Yonkey and the other road trip book’s authors are preparing for a second edition.

Yonkey has scheduled more signings throughout the state. Check the schedule at

We hope to see you at Mahaffie Stage Stop and Farm on March 18 and at the Osawatomie Public Library on the 19th.

Roxie Yonkey
Author, Travel Writer, Public Speaker
1203 Caldwell Ave., Goodland, KS 67735
785-821-2086 • [email protected]

City Announces Partnership for Endurance Events on Flint Hills Trail


Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie is pleased to announce a new event partnership with Midwest Endurance Race Co., a group that organizes and sponsors bike and running ultra events across the region. Midwest Endurance Race Co. will debut its first endurance event on April 16th, 2022, at the newly completed Mile Zero trailhead of the Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie.

Midwest Endurance Race Co. is the brainchild of friends Samantha Green and Jennie Terflinger. Green, who lives in Paola with her husband and two daughters, is President of Kansas City’s “Crawl for Cancer” fundraising program and has extensive event planning and coordination experience. Terflinger, who lives in Paola with her husband and two sons, is an Executive Performance Coach and Financial Advisor. She trains for and competes in regional and national ultra-marathons throughout the year, and is a two-time 1st Place finisher for the 100K Kansas Rails to Trails ultra-event.

When asked why they chose Osawatomie’s trailhead as their event kickoff location, Terflinger said, “These events create amazing adventures and experiences for others to be part of and allows a community to reach untapped potential.” Green added, “The Flint Hills Trail is the perfect location to host endurance events. We wanted to create a race that would be enticing to runners and non-runners, elites and novices, and give them a goal-worthy opportunity. The Flint Hills Trail accomplishes this.”

Samantha Green (left) and Jennie Terflinger of Midwest Endurance Race Co.

Midwest Endurance Race Co. is already promoting its spring event, the Mile 0 Flint Hills Trail Race, and has successfully registered well over 50 participants out of their 150+ registrant goal. The race offers a 50k, 20-Mile, 10-Mile, and Fun Run option. The 50k, 20-Mile, and 10-Mile entries include unisex tri-blend race shirts, fully stocked aid stations, pre- and post-race food, complimentary race photos, sponsor swag, finisher medals, and the opportunity to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Fun Run runners and walkers will receive a limited-edition lapel pin. It is expected that this and future events will each draw hundreds of people to the community, and the City is eager to watch their progress over the next year.

The City of Osawatomie has been working closely with Midwest Endurance Race Co. to prepare both the event coordinators and the City for what resources will be required for events of this magnitude at the new FHT trailhead. Several partner organizations are assisting as well, such as the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce, Osawatomie School District, and Kansas
Department of Wildlife and Parks.

As Midwest Endurance Co. is one of the first organizers to utilize extended portions of the Flint Hills Trail during single events, coordination between city and county organizations as well as the State of Kansas is of high priority. Osawatomie is thrilled to be on the leading edge of these cooperative events and looks forward to a continued, successful partnership with the dedicated professionals at Midwest Endurance Race Co.

For Race Information, or to Register:

Midwest Endurance Race Co.
706 North Pearl
Paola, Kansas 66071
[email protected]
Samantha Green – 913-707-9521
Jennie Terflinger – 913-963-0292


Midwest Endurance Race Co. is already promoting two events at the Mile Zero trailhead in Osawatomie.

Seeking Tourism Committee Applicants

The City of Osawatomie is seeking applicants for the newly reformed Tourism Committee! Applications will be accepted through February 9th, 2022 and eligible applicants will be considered for appointment at the February 10th, 2022 regular City Council meeting.

APPLY NOW (Download Fillable PDF – Return to [email protected])

In accordance with the Governing Body’s policies on the appointments to advisory bodies, the Governing Body shall appoint seven members to the Committee. The Tourism Committee shall consist of at least one representative from each of the Signature Events. Each member shall be a resident, property owner, business owner/operator in the 66064 zip code. Three other voting members shall be appointed from the community-at-large. The Committee’s membership shall also include three ex-officio (non-voting) members: one Council member, who shall be appointed as a liaison, the City Manager, or his or her designee, and the Executive Director of the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce.

Each Committee member shall be appointed to a term of two years; provided, that of those first appointed to the Committee, four shall have a term expiring at the end of 2023 and three shall have a term expiring at the end of 2024. Following initial appointment, members shall serve a term of two years beginning on January 1 of the appointed year. In the case of a vacancy on the Committee, it shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term only and according to the resolution on advisory board appointments (Resolution 664).

Committee members shall serve until resignation or replacement on the Committee.

The Committee shall meet at least four times per year, or more often as deemed necessary by the Committee Chairman or at least three of the Committee members. The Committee will meet with the Signature Event sponsoring committees at least twice a year (one meeting previous to the event and at one meeting post event). The Committee shall also meet when called upon by the City Council or City Manager to consider a special issue.

Within the guidelines of the Governing Body’s resolution for advisory bodies, the Committee shall choose its own officers, determine the time and place for its meetings. And follow the model meeting code known as the “Code of Procedure for Kansas Cities,” Third Edition (2017). The Committee shall also provide the City Clerk with adequate notice of the date and time of its next meeting and agenda and with copies of the minutes of its proceedings. A majority of its duly appointed committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of its business.

The role of the Tourism Committee shall include (1) provide support to Signature Event Committees (2) make recommendations to the Governing Body on tourism and marketing policies; (3) assist in developing a strategic tourism and marketing plan for the City; (4) review and make recommendations on the expenditure of transient guest tax revenues collected by the City; (5) provide input and review of the City Manager’s submitted budget related to signature events which shall occur annually before July 1st.

Click Here to review the newly adopted Resolution regarding the Tourism Committee.

APPLY NOW (Download Fillable PDF – Return to [email protected])

Chili Cook-Off Returns for 2021

The public is invited to attend the 2021 City of Osawatomie Chili Cook-Off benefitting the Osawatomie Ministerial Association!

Like we did last year, each department within the City of Osawatomie’s organization (Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department, Admin Offices, Building and Codes, etc.) will submit their best batch of chili alongside a $20 entry fee that will be donated to the Osawatomie Ministerial Association.

A panel of judges will taste test each batch and judge them on COLOR, HEAT, TEXTURE, AROMA, and overall FLAVOR. The Judge’s Choice winner will take home the traveling Chili Champion Trophy!

And from 12:00pm to 1:00pm the public is invited to come do a free taste test of all the submitted recipes and use their pocketbooks to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Simply drop a dollar (or $5!) in the jar for your favorite batch and whichever recipe bags the most bucks gets the People’s Choice trophy. All money raised in the cash vote gets donated to the Ministeral Association!

Last year we raised $503 for the Ministerial Association to help in their charitable outreach efforts in our community. Do you think we can double that in 2021?

Miracle on Main Street 2021

The City of Osawatomie and Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce Miracle on Main Street holiday festival for 2021!

This annual holiday extravaganza gets new life in 2021, including the return of the ever-popular vendor fair in City Auditorium.

To register for Santa photos, please visit our sign up platform here.

To register for the vendor fair, please visit Osawatomie Partners in Education (P.I.E.) here.

See the flyer for more!

RESCHEDULED! Lights on the Lake Parade


Due to the threat of incoming severe weather, Osawatomie’s annual Lights on the Lake parade has been RESCHEDULED to 11:00am Saturday, June 26th, 2021. Out of respect for an already scheduled funeral service, the parade route will begin at 3rd Street and we ask that parade spectators and participants leave Main Street parking between 1st and 3rd open for funeral home use.

If you have already registered for the parade, event organizers should have sent out the email with the lineup change and new map. Please direct questions to those organizers!

If you live or work along Main Street between 3rd and 12th, please have your vehicle moved by tomorrow morning. For residents that live on 3rd St from Main to Brown or on Brown from 3rd to 5th, your neighborhood is the new staging area for the parade. We have someone hand-delivering flyers to your residence this afternoon to help alert you to this change.

Our parade is usually rain or shine, but your safety is always our top priority and tonight’s forecast looks like a lot more than just rain.

We’ll see everyone tomorrow morning to kickoff a great weekend of activities!

The former John Brown Jamboree parade down Main Street (photo undated).

*In the event of severe weather tomorrow morning, the parade will be cancelled. There will not be another opportunity for a reschedule.*

City Wide Garage Sale Weekend 2021

City Wide Garage Sale has been set for June 12th and 13th, 2021! Sponsored by Osawatomie PIE, this community event helps raise money for local schools. Read on for complete information!

Please complete the form linked at the bottom and mail or deliver with payment to

Partners In Education
c/o Rachael Giles
404 12th Street
Osawatomie, KS 66064.

To be included in the sale listings for June 11th, registration forms must be received by Wednesday, June 9th. Checks should be made out to “Partners In Education.” The information provided (except phone number) will be attached to the 2021 flier, which includes listings by street address and basic map. Please list the address where the sale is located. Be sure to include special directions to your sale if you live outside the Osawatomie city limits.

You may pick up a flag at the City Auditorium on Friday, June 11, between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm to place in your yard during your garage sale. Flags will identify you as a participant in the citywide sales.

This year’s sale is sponsored by Partners In Education, the local nonprofit parent-teacher organization. By participating, you are helping to support Osawatomie schools. Local youth groups also help run the sale and earn a percentage of the event’s proceeds.


Those who have registered their sales may donate leftover sale items between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12th by bringing them to the City Auditorium.

(Sorry, but we no longer accept any sale-day leftovers from those who have not paid to register. If you would like to contribute items ahead of time, please see the donation guidelines on the front and the list of items not accepted.)


Broken/non working household items, furniture, unusable clothing, tires, construction waste, paint, chemicals, batteries, weapons, large appliances


All leftover items must be dropped off by 4 p.m. so volunteers can get everything sorted and put out for the Sunday sale. Items dropped off after the deadline may be refused, or the person dropping off late items may be asked to stay and put them out.


Please note that due to the number of people involved in making this weekend a success, there is no way to provide a rain date for garage sale participants.

June 2021 Food Truck Calendar

City Staff has set the first calendar for food trucks coming during the month of June (2021) to gorgeous downtown Osawatomie. Each truck will operate from 11:00am to 7:00pm, unless otherwise noted.

If you operate a mobile food or beverage business and you’d like to make an appearance on an upcoming calendar, please get in contact with a member of the City Clerk’s office! We’d love to feature you!

Trucks may alter their schedule due to weather or supply, and advanced notice may not be available. Additions and corrections to this calendar may be made at any time, for any reason. This calendar should not be construed as final or absolute.

Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful program!