About Ossian Days
Each year, Ossian Days, Inc. puts on an annual street festival known as Ossian Days.
Ossian Days offers 2 ½ days of classic carnival activities and good food.
This festival is perfect for the entire family!
Schedule of Events
We have a variety of events, food, and entertainment suitable for all ages. Rides by Beer & Jessop Amusements will be returning, and a longtime Ossian Days favorite, Bessie's Movement, is back as well!
Use the links below to go directly to a specific day's schedule of events.
Schedule for Thursday, September 14th
Smoked Pork Chop Dinner
Location: Event Tent
Helen Witte Pie Auction
Location: Event Tent
Live Chainsaw Carving
Festival Closes for the Day
Schedule for Friday, September 15th
Nelson's Rib Tip & Chicken Bites Dinner
proceeds support Norwell Show Choir
Ride Bracelet Night
Bracelets will cost $15
Ossian Days Prince & Princess Contest
“Infinity Sounds” DJ Music
Location: In front of Event Tent
Festival Closes for the Day
Helpful Tip: Bring cash when you attend Ossian Days.
Many of our vendors are cash-only and do not take credit or debit cards.
You can find an ATM at Ossian State Bank, conveniently located just off the Ossian Days Midway.
Schedule for Saturday, September 16th
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Sponsor: Knights of Columbus
Location: Archbold-Wilson Park
Sponsor: Ossian Parks
5K Registration Begins
5K Walk/Run Begins
Pet Parade Line-Up
Pet Parade & Judging
Big Wheel Race sign-ups
Big Wheel Race
Donut Hole Eating Contest
Contestants under 18 must have a parent/guardian signature to compete
Fireman's Water Ball Tournament
Announcement of Lance Hunter Humanitarian Award & Business Award
FREE Face Painting & Balloon Animals
Location: Ossian Days, Inc. Booth
Live Music: Chris Worth & Company
Location: Event Tent
Silent Auction for Chainsaw Carving
Festival Closes: See You Next Year!
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General Festival Info & FAQs
This is where you'll find general info about the Ossian Days Festival, like location, hours, and info for vendors and booth rental.
(Looking for details about specific events? You'll find that in the Events Info section below.)
General Festival Info
When is Ossian Days?
Ossian Days 2017 is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 14th, 15th, and 16th.
What are Ossian Days' hours?
Festival hours are:
• Thursday: 2pm to 9pm
• Friday: 9am to 11pm
• Saturday: 9am to 11pm
Vendor hours for check-in and set-up are Thursday from 9am to 2pm.
Where is Ossian Days located?
The Ossian Days Midway is located on Jefferson Street in downtown Ossian, between Mill Street and Lafever Street, and on Craig Street between Ogden and Metts as shown on the maps below.
Click either image below to enlarge.
Is there an admission fee for the festival?
No, there is no fee to attend. Ossian Days is proud to once again offer free admission for everyone.
Where can I park?
There is plenty of free parking available on the streets adjacent to and nearby the festival area. Please make sure to observe all posted No Parking signs.
Where can I download the official Ossian Days photos?
You can view all of the official Ossian Days photos at our SmugMug account here. You can also purchase any of the photos you like, and even purchase them as fun keepsakes like photo prints, canvases, mugs, coasters, magnets, and more!
Can I bring my golf cart to Ossian Days?
Golf carts are required to have a special permit to be used at the festival. The permit can be obtained at the Ossian Police Department.
Are there rides at Ossian Days?
Yes! Ossian Days 2017 once again features rides provided by Beer's & Jessop's Amusements.
Ride hours are Thursday from 5pm to 9pm, Friday from 5pm to 11pm, and Saturday from 12noon to 11pm.
What kinds of rides will be at Ossian Days?
The company bringing the rides, Beer's & Jessop's Amusements, is planning on bringing the following:
- Super Slide
- Ferris Wheel
- Bulgy the Whale
The rides the company brings are subject to change pending availability and maintenance status, so we can't guarantee that any specific ride will be at Ossian Days.
How much do ride tickets cost?
Ride tickets are $1 each. Note that rides may take anywhere from 1 to 4 tickets, depending on the ride. You can save money by purchasing early! Details below:
Ticket Pre-Sale Special: Save 50%!
Get 40 tickets for $20
This Pre-Sale Special is good now through 12noon on Thursday, September 14th.
Purchase at the Ossian Town Hall, Ossian Deli, Ossian Hardware, and Ossian State Bank.
Will there be a Bracelet Night for rides?
Yes! Ride Bracelet Night is Friday, September 15th, from 5pm to close. Bracelets cost $18.
Get up to 5 Tickets for FREE!
For each non-perishable food item you bring, you will get one FREE ride ticket!
IMPORTANT: Limit 5 free ride tickets per person.
Bring food items to the Ossian Days booth, starting at 5pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, while tickets last. There are only 500 tickets to give away, first come, first served.
All donated food will go to the food bank.
Booth & Vendor Info
I want to set up a booth at Ossian Days. How do I do that?
To be an Ossian Days Vendor, you will need to do the following things:
- Download, complete, and return a Booth Rental Agreement.
- Submit payment in full for your booth space rental fee. Rental fee amounts are shown on the last page of the Booth Rental Agreement.
- Submit a copy of your insurance policy showing proof of liability coverage naming Ossian Days, Inc. as a certificate holder.
- Food Vendors Only: Obtain your food permit from the Wells County Health Department.
How much does it cost to rent a booth?
Fees vary depending on the size of your booth, whether you are a Not For Profit organization, and what kind of electric hook-up you require.
All fees for booth rental are listed on the last page of the Booth Rental Agreement.
When can vendors begin setting up their booths?
Vendors hours for check-in and set-up are Thursday, September 14th, from 9am to 2pm.
Does Ossian Days, Inc. provide water hoses, adapters, or extension cords for vendors?
No. Vendors must supply their own equipment, including all hoses, adapters, and cords required.
Does Ossian Days, Inc., provide a clean-up service for vendors?
No. Vendors are responsible for cleaning up their space and returning the premises to the way it was prior to the festival. Trash receptacles are located around the festival premises that you can use.
Tent Rental Info
I want to rent the Event Tent at Ossian Days. How do I do that?
To rent the Ossian Days Event Tent, you will need to do the following things:
- Download, complete, and return a Tent Rental Agreement.
- Submit payment in full for your tent space rental fee. The rental fee amount will be determined by the Ossian Days Board at the time of your request.
- Submit a copy of your insurance policy showing proof of liability coverage ($1,000,000).
Does Ossian Days, Inc. provide set up for my event in the tent?
No. Tables and chairs will be provided, if needed. However, before your event, you may need to set up the tables and chairs.
Does Ossian Days, Inc. provide clean up for my event in the tent?
No. You are responsible for clean up, unless other approved arrangements have been made.
Clean up includes wiping off and taking down the tables and chairs, as well as stacking them on the southeast corner of the tent.
Is there a sound system in the tent?
No. There is no sound system provided with tent rental. You are responsible for your own system needs.
Event Details & FAQs
This is where you'll find details about many of the events happening during Ossian Days, like when and where the events take place, how to register for the events, registration deadlines and fees, and who you can contact for more information.
You can use the links below to jump directly to the details of a specific event.
Smoked Pork Chop Dinner Info
When and Where is the Smoked Pork Chop Dinner?
The Smoked Pork Chop Dinner is Thursday, September 14th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. The Helen Witte Pie Auction is at 6pm. The dinner takes place in the Event Tent on Craig Street, just off the Midway.
What is included in each Smoked Pork Chop Dinner?
Each dinner includes an 8 oz. smoked pork chop, baked potato, apple sauce, roll, sweet treat, and a beverage. The pork chops are from Ossian Smoked Meats.
How much are Smoked Pork Chop Dinner tickets?
Ticket prices are to be announced.
Where can I buy Pork Chop Dinner tickets?
Ticket purchase locations are to be announced.
You can also buy tickets from any member of the Ossian Economic Revitalization Committee.
Is carry-out available?
Yes. You can pick up your carry-out orders on the west side of the Ossian Days event tent on Craig Street.
The Smoked Pork Chop Dinner is sponsored by the Ossian Economic Revitalization Committee.
Chainsaw Carving Demonstration & Silent Auction Info
When and Where is the Chainsaw Carving Demonstration?
The Chainsaw Carving Demonstration is Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm. The exact location for the demonstration is to be determined but will be prominently displayed at the Festival.
Who performs the Chainsaw Carving Demonstration?
The Chainsaw Carving Demonstration is performed by Sid King, whose impressive skill has been featured at previous Ossian Days Festivals to much delight of the audiences who watched him artfully bring animal sculptures to life right before their eyes!
Can I purchase the wood carving Sid King creates during the Chainsaw Carving Demonstration?
You can bid on it through the Silent Auction! Sid King donates the wood carving he creates during the Chainsaw Carving Demonstration to be used for a Silent Auction. Bids are taken at the Ossian Days, Inc. booth at the Ossian Days Midway throughout the Festival. The winner of the Silent Auction is announced on Saturday evening.
Who benefits from the proceeds of the Silent Auction?
The proceeds from the Silent Auction go directly back into the Ossian Days, Inc. funds so that we can continue providing fun and memorable Ossian Days Festivals for years to come.
Can I see examples of Sid King's work?
Sure! We've had the pleasure of hosting Sid's chainsaw carving exhibitions at Ossian Days previously, and have been fortunate to receive the donations of the carvings for Silent Auctions, the proceeds from which have contributed to continuing the Ossian Days Street Festival.
You can see some of his work below.
Click any image to enlarge it.
Prince and Princess Contest Info
When and Where is the Ossian Days Prince and Princess Contest?
The Prince and Princess Contest is held on Friday at 5:30pm in the Event Tent.
How can my child enter the Prince and Princess Contest?
For each child entering the contest, you will need to do the following:
- Download and complete a Contestant Entry Form.
- Return your completed Contestant Entry Form along with a photo of the contestant to Officer Stephanie Tucker. You can return your materials in person at the Ossian Town Hall (office hours 7am to 3pm, M-F) or by mail to:
Ossian Days, Inc.
Prince & Princess Contest
PO Box 225
Ossian, IN 46777.
All materials must be received no later than Thursday, September 7th.
Does the photograph of my child have to a professional photo?
No, professional photos are not required. Photographs of the contestant may be candid or professional.
Is there a contest entry fee for the Prince & Princess Contest?
No. Contest entry is free for all children who wish to enter.
Who can enter the Ossian Days Prince and Princess Contest?
The Prince and Princess Contest is open to all children ages 4 to 6 years.
NOTE: Absolutely NO BATHING SUITS are permitted.
What is the theme for the 2017 Prince and Princess Contest?
The theme for 2017 is “Candyland.”
What is the age range for the Prince and Princess Contest?
The age range for contestants is 4 to 6 years.
What is the deadline to enter?
Completed Contestant Entry Forms and contestant photographs must be submitted to Officer Stephanie Tucker no later than Thursday, September 7th.
Who should I contact if I have questions about the Prince and Princess Contest?
All questions about the Prince and Princess Contest should be directed to Officer Stephanie Tucker at 260-622-7519 or email@example.com.
5K Walk/Run Info
When and Where is the 5K Walk/Run?
The 5K Walk/Run takes place on Saturday. Registration begins at 8am, with the Walk/Run beginning at 8:45am. The Walk/Run route starts and ends at the Ossian Nazarene Church.
How do I register for the 5K Walk/Run?
- Download and complete a 5K Walk/Run Registration Form.
- Pay an entry fee of $20 per registrant, with all checks made out to “Ossian Nazarene Church”.
- Return all completed Registration Forms and Entry Fees to Ossian Nazarene Church, 302 N. Metts Street (across from Community Market).
- Please register no later than Thursday, September 7th, to guarantee receipt of a T-Shirt.
What are the race divisions for the 5K Walk/Run?
The race divisions (male and female) are as follows: 18 & Under, 19-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, and 56 and up.
Who should I contact if I have questions about the 5K Walk/Run?
All questions about the 5K Walk/Run should be directed to Bob Miller at 260-849-2268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Disc Golf Tournament Info
When and Where is the Disc Golf Tournament?
The Disc Golf Tournament takes place on Saturday, September 16th in Archbold-Wilson Park. It has a flexible start, beginning at Hole 1 at 9am through 11am.
How do I register for the Disc Golf Tournament?
Each team registering will need to do the following:
- Download and complete a Disc Golf Tournament Registration Form.
- Pay an registration fee of $20 per team, with all checks made out to “Ossian Rolls”.
- Return all completed Registration Forms and Entry Fees to Archbold & Lewis Insurance, 105 S. Jefferson Street. Office hours are M-F, 9am-5pm.
How many players can be on each Disc Golf team?
Each Disc Golf team may have up to 5 players.
Do teams need to provide their own discs?
If your team has your own discs, you may use them. If not, your team registration fee covers disc rental for the tournament.
Will there be any instruction available?
The Fort Wayne Disc Golf Club will be on hand to conduct free demos from 9am-11am. Discs will be provided to those who need them.
What are the prizes for the Disc Golf Tournament?
The prizes for the Disc Golf Tournament are as follows:
- 1st Place: Trophy & Disc Golf Bag (value $40)
- 2nd Place: Trophy & East of Chicago Gift Card (value $30)
- 3rd Place: Trophy & Crimson House Gift Card (value $25)
Who should I contact if I have questions about the Disc Golf Tournament?
All questions about the Disc Golf Tournament should be directed to Bill Dowty at 260‑438‑4462 or email@example.com.
The Disc Golf Tournament is organized by Ossian Rolls and sponsored by Melching Machine, Inc., East of Chicago, Crimson House, and Mike Anderson Chevrolet.
Pet Parade Info
When and Where is the Ossian Days Pet Parade?
The Ossian Days Pet Parade takes place on Saturday, September 16th.
Participant line up begins at 9:45am in the parking lot across from the Ossian Presbyterian Church (122 S. Jefferson). The Pet Parade begins at 10:00am and goes from the starting lot to the Ossian Days Event Tent.
How do I register for the Pet Parade?
Download and complete a Pet Parade Entry Form. Completed forms can be returned to Officer Stephanie Tucker in person at the Ossian Town Hall (office hours 7am to 3pm, M-F) or by mail to:
Ossian Days, Inc.
Pet Parade Entry
PO Box 225
Ossian, IN 46777.
What is the deadline to register for the Pet Parade?
Completed registration forms must be received by Officer Tucker by the start of Line-Up for the Pet Parade.
What are the categories for judging?
Judging will be held in the following categories:
- Master Look-a-Like
- Best Trick
- Best Costume
- Largest Pet
- Smallest Pet
Can I keep my pet with me at Ossian Days after the Pet Parade is over?
No. All pets should be taken home after the Pet Parade concludes. Animals are not allowed downtown during Ossian Days, with the exception of Service Animals.
Who should I contact if I have questions about the Pet Parade?
All questions about the Pet Parade should be directed to Officer Stephanie Tucker at 260‑622‑7519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All pets must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.
Please make sure your pet has all of its required shots and is healthy and able to participate safely.
Bessie's Movement Info
Bessie's Movement is your chance to win $500!
When and Where does Bessie's Movement take place?
Bessie's Movement takes place on Saturday, September 16th, at 1pm.
At that time, you'll find Bessie behind the Event Tent on West Craig Street.
How much are Bessie's Movement tickets? Where can I buy them?
Bessie's Movement tickets are $5 per square. You can buy them at the Ossian Town Hall (office hours 7am to 3pm, M-F), as well as Ossian Deli, Ossian State Bank, Ossian Tavern & The Tipsy Ditch.
How many tickets are available?
We only sell 240 tickets. Make sure to buy your tickets soon!
Ossian Days Parade Info
We Welcome our Parade Marshal, Cathy Brand-Beere
President/Founder of DeBrand Fine Chocolates
Growing up in a family deeply involved in the confectionery business, Cathy Brand began making chocolates at the age of eight. Her passion for creating fine chocolates only intensified over the years as her travels and training exposed her to virtually every aspect of becoming a world-class, artisan chocolatier.
In 1987, Cathy opened her first DeBrand chocolate shop. The DeBrand name was derived by adding the French prefix “De” (meaning “from”) to her last name Brand. It reflects the European influences for chocolate excellence that have shaped the company since its beginning.
Although DeBrand has grown significantly, Cathy’s intense commitment to produce fine chocolates that are second to none in taste, beauty, and presentation always remains the basis for everything we do.
We Welcome Back Our Special Guest Parade MC, Dude Walker
Ossian Days is proud to welcome back as our Guest Parade MC, Dude Walker!
Dude co-hosts the Dan & Dude Morning Show on K105 FM, the home of Fort Wayne's Best and Most Country.
How can I participate in the parade?
To enter a float, vehicle, or to march in the parade, you must fill out a Parade Registration Form.
Email your completed registration form to email@example.com. Or you can mail your completed form to:
Ossian Days, Inc.
PO Box 225
Ossian, IN 46777.
What is the theme for the 2017 Ossian Days Parade?
The theme is Candyland.
I am in the parade. Where do I go to line up?
Parade participants should line up at the Ossian Town Hall beginning at 4:00pm on Saturday.
The Ossian Town Hall is located at 507 North Jefferson Street. Click here for a map.
When will parade floats be judged?
Float judging will be held BEFORE the parade. All floats MUST be checked in no later than 4:15pm.
Are parade participants allowed to distribute candy, flyers, or other promotional items?
Yes. Parade participants may distribute items to parade attendees if you wish to do so.
For safety reasons, DO NOT THROW items from floats or vehicles, as this can cause enthusiastic children to run into the parade route and risk getting hit by a vehicle or separated from their parents.
If you are distributing candy or other items, please have people walking with your group who can hand the items to parade attendees as they walk.
Live Music Info
Will there be live music at Ossian Days this year?
Yes! Chris Worth & Company will perform live at the Ossian Days Event Tent on Saturday,
September 16th, from 7pm to 9pm.
Chris Worth & Company brings together seasoned musicians playing great music, making for a good tunes and good times. Whether you want to dance till you drop or just enjoy nostalgia, you'll enjoy this group.
You can find out more about Chris Worth at his website.
photo ©2016 Casey Brothers
Gratitude to Our Sponsors
These sponsors make the Ossian Days Festival possible. We are grateful for their generous donations that allow all of us in the community to continue enjoying the Ossian Days traditions, and to create new Ossian Days memories.
OSSIAN STATE BANK
- BARKLEY BUILDERS
- BRACKE ENTERPRISES LLC
- EAST OF CHICAGO PIZZA
- ENGINEERING RESOURCES, INC.
- MELCHING MACHINE, INC.
- MIKE ANDERSON CHEVROLET OF OSSIAN, INC.
- NORTHERN INDIANA PUBLIC SERVICE, INC.
- PENA'S MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS, INC.
- REPUBLIC SERVICES
- JACK & ROSE BARRICK
- BERNE APPAREL
- COLLIER'S COMFORT SERVICES
- DALE, HUFFMAN & BABCOCK
- JOYCE A & LEX J HUNTER
- iAB FINANCIAL BANK
- KEMPER FLOORING
- OSSIAN DELI
- OSSIAN DENTAL P.C.
- OSSIAN HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTER
- OSSIAN N A P A
- OSSIAN SMOKED MEATS
- PERMA-COLUMN, INC.
- RETHCEIF ENTERPRISES LLC
- TROXEL EQUIPMENT CO.
- WAYNE ASPHALT
- WELCHES ALL VEHICLE REPAIR
- ARCHBOLD & LEWIS INSURANCE
- B K M REAL ESTATE
- BROWN EQUIPMENT
- ELZEY- PATTERSON- RODAK FUNERAL HOMES
- FRAUHIGER EXCAVATING
- HEYERLY BAKERY
- HILLCREST- U- STORE
- KAREN HITCHCOCK
- HONEGGER ANIMAL CLINIC
- HONEGGER, RINGGER & Co.
- IDEAL SUBURBAN HOMES, Inc.
- JEANETTE S. LUNDEEN MUSIC STUDIO
- K & M ASPHALT
- THE NEWS BANNER
- OSSIAN B. P.
- ROEMBKE MFG. & DESIGN, Inc.
- SEW CREATIVE EMBROIDERY
- TRUSTED MANUFACTURING
- THE WAYNEDALE NEWS
- YODER TREE SERVICE
Meet the Ossian Days Board
While Ossian Days happens for 2 ½ days each year, the work to organize and facilitate the street festival goes on all year long. The Ossian Days Board Members are the individuals who work hard throughout the year coordinating all of the vendors, parade details, and event scheduling to ensure a fun and successful Ossian Days.
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