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County packed with activity this weekend

The Oskaloosa Independent of Oskaloosa, Kansas

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Jefferson County organizations have planned so many events for this weekend that countians are sure to find something of interest to them.

The Jefferson County Humane Society will hold its annual Fall Fest for Homeless Pets dinner and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Keystone School in Ozawkie. A live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be many auction items to choose from, including some surprises. Dinner will consist of chili, soup, chicken and noodles, and lots of desserts for a free will donation. Bring a "wish list" item, Dawn dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, bleach, paper towels, bath towels, fleece blankets, or canned cat and dog food, for a chance to win a door prize. All proceeds benefit the society's animals.

The 37th Fall Festival and Swap Meet will be in full swing at the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association grounds Saturday and Sunday The grounds are located one mile east of Meriden on K-4 Hwy The meet will feature flea markets and arts and crafts space, antique engines and tractors, sorghum, apple cider, and apple butter making. For information on renting spaces, contact Russ Dunlap at (316) 737-2525.

Buildings with working displays will be the sorghum building, general store, print shop, blacksmith shop, flour mill, hay barn, sawmill, a log cabin, and a 22-horsepower gas engine building.

The stock antique garden tractor pull will be at 10 a.m. Saturday and at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. There will be seven classes with three trophies in each class. For lawn mower pull contact Jess Noll, (785) 633-9706.

It's buy, sell, trade and sponsors promise plenty of good deals on engines, tractors, machinery, antiques, tools, and collectibles.

Admission is $3 a day. Children under 12 are free with paid admission. There will be concessions at the chuck wagon, serving breakfast, lunch, and short orders anytime. There will be a church service at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Bloomfield Church on the grounds.

A barn dance featuring Dr. Cook's Medicine Show will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, go to their website:

A Pura Vida Run-Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Jefferson County North High School in Winchester. The run is in memory of Nathan O'Neill, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Winchester July 19, 2006. He graduated from Jefferson County North High School, Winchester, in 2002. His father, Jay O'Neill, grew up in Winchester, graduated from Winchester High School in 1972 and teaches high school science. His mother, Cindy O'Neill teaches second grade at JCN Elementary-Middle School in Nortonville.

Pura Vida is a phrase Nathan picked up while studying for the fall semester of 2005 in Costa Rica. Pura Vada literally means "pure life" and employs the concept of living one's life as free and uncluttered as possible. Nathan wrote a blog about this while a student at Geneva College.

While in Costa Rica, Nathan visited some outlying villages in Nicaragua and Guatemala and was convicted that we should do what we can to help those who don't have as much. Following his graduation from Geneva College in 2006, Nathan contracted with the Mennonite Central Committee to administer microloans in a remote area of Brazil. Nathan's transportation while in Brazil was to have been by motorcycle, and it was while riding his motorcycle near Winchester that he had the accident that took his life.

Proceeds from the Pura Vida run will be used to fund a scholarship for post-high school education for a Jefferson County North senior. Some of the funds will be used to support mission work in under-developed countries. Early registration is $20, day of race, $25. The website is:

The F.W. Huston Medical Center Foundation will hold its 12th annual fall fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County North High School in Winchester. On the menu is grilled, smoked pork chops and all the fbrin's. Cost is $25 for adults, $8 for children under 12. Other events are a silent auction and live entertainment.

The Perry Pride has been host to "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. This exhibit is in its last days and will close Sunday, Sept. 27. It will be open this Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is being housed at the gymnasium at Highland Community College, Bridge Street in Perry.

"Hometown Teams" explores the ways sports build and unite communities through colorful photographs, artifacts, stories, and hands-on activities from the nation's premier cultural institution. For more information go to

Grasshopper Falls Day at Valley Falls Saturday is packed with activities.

New this year is a Grasshopper Falls Day Inaugural Cornhole Tournament. Registration is at 10 a.m. Start time is 11. The suggested team donation is $20. All proceeds support local veterans and their families. Prizes will be awarded.

The day starts at 7 a.m. with registration for the third annual 5K Dragon Color Blast Run-Walk. The race begins at 8. This event begins at the Valley Falls Fire Station at 204 Louisa Street. The race is sponsored by the Valley Falls Parent-Teacher Organization.

Biscuits and gravy are on the menu at the Valley Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3084. Serving begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Kendall State Bank community hall. The post will sponsor a car, truck, tractor, and bike show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $15. To enter, send fee, name, address, phone number, vehicle make, model, and year to VFW Post 3084, in care of Ron Herring, 606 Osage Street, Winchester, 66097. For information call (785) 865-6215 or (785) 331-8465. A food stand and crafts will be on site.

Two events are on tap at 9:30 a.m. The Valley Falls Historical Society Museum will be open and serving free doughnuts and cider along with tours of the museum. The Helen Stewart Memorial Fishing Derby will be held at Bryan and Angie Tillery's pond at 8016 150th Road, just off of Blue Mound Road.

Vendor booths will open at 10 a.m. For further information, contact Benton Crawshaw, 785-221-8942.

A Chocolate Hint of Heaven will begin at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. until 3. The church is on Frazier Street.

Jeri Clark is chairman of the Valley Falls Recreation Commission, planners of this event.

Perry-Lecompton and Valley Falls will hold Homecoming events on Friday night, Sept. 25. Games begin at 7 p.m. See the special pages in the Vindicator this week for further information.

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Original Publication Date: September 24, 2015

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