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!
Theme of the 2020 annual festival:
Cannot be announced at this time.
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!
Use the links below to go directly to a specific day's schedule of events.
Schedule for Thursday, September 12th
Smoked Pork Chop Dinner
Location: Event Tent
Helen Witte Pie Auction
Business of the Year Award to follow
Location: Event Tent
Presentation by Ossian Days Inc. of the Lance Hunter Humanitarian Award
Location: Event Tent
Live Chainsaw Carving
Festival Closes for the Day
Please Note: No pets are allowed on the Midway. Only service animals are allowed.
Schedule for Friday, September 13th
Bracelet Night: $18
Norwell Show Choir Dinner:
Chicken dinners cooked by Nelson's
Free Face Painting provided by Ossian Days Inc.
Location: On the Midway
Ossian Days Prince & Princess Contest
In front of Event Tent
DJ Music by A. Price
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 14th
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Location: In the Event Tent
Sponsor: St. Aloysius Knights of Columbus of Yoder
Sign Up for Big Wheel Race
Big Wheel Race
Location: Ossian State Bank Parking Lot
Mark's Ark Animal Show
In the Event Tent
Donut Hole Eating Contest
In front of Event Tent
Behind Event Tent on W. Craig St.
$5 per square
Platinum Sponsor Acknowledgment
FREE Face Painting & Balloon Animals
provided by Ossian Days Inc. on the Midway
Live Music: Jen & the Foggy Creek Band
Country & Blue Grass Music
Location: Event Tent
Chainsaw Carving silent auction winner announced, at the Ossian Days Booth
See You Next Year!
September 10th, 11th and 12th, 2020
General Festival Info & FAQs
(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 2019 is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 12th, 13th, and 14th.
What are Ossian Days' hours?
Festival hours are:
• Thursday: 2pm to 9pm
• Friday: 9am to 10pm
• Saturday: 9am to 10pm
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.
Can I bring my pet with me to Ossian Days?
No. No animals are permitted at the festival. Service Animals are allowed.
Are there rides at Ossian Days?
Yes! Ossian Days 2019 once again features rides provided by Beer's & Jessop's Amusements.
Ride hours are Thursday from 5pm to 9pm, Friday from 5pm to 10pm, and Saturday from 12noon to 10pm.
What kinds of rides will be at Ossian Days?
The company bringing the rides, Beer's & Jessop's Amusements, will bring a verity of rides and games.
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
Get 20 tickets for $15
This Pre-Sale Special is good now through 12noon on Thursday, September 12th.
Purchase at the Ossian Deli, Ossian Hardware, and Ossian State Bank.
Will there be a Bracelet Night for rides?
Yes! Ride Bracelet Night is Friday, September 13th, from 5pm to close. Bracelets cost $18.
Get up to 5 Tickets for FREE!
Once again Ossian Days Inc. is proud to partner with the Northern Wells Food Pantry, by suppling ride amusement tickets.
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 a limited number of ticks, first come, first served.
All donated food will go to the Northern Wells Co. Food Pantry. Cash donations are also welcome.
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 12th, 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. All trash from your booth should be taken to the trash container behind the old Brew Ha building at the south end of the midway.
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
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 12th from 4pm to 7pm. 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?
Tickets are $9.00 pre-sale and $10.00 at the event.
Where can I buy Pork Chop Dinner tickets?
You can buy tickets at the Ossian Town Hall, Ossian State Bank, and Ossian Do-It-Best Hardware.
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 12th at 7pm in front of the Event Tent.
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 6pm 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 Bev Grzych or Noreen Humerickhouse
Ossian Days, Inc.
Attn. Prince & Princess Contest
PO Box 225
Ossian, IN 46777
All Proceeds from this year Prince and Princess contest will be going to Norwell Dollars for Scholars
All materials must be received no later than Thursday, August 30th.
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 Prince and Princess Contest?
The theme for 2019 is “There is No Place Like Home!”
What is the maximum number of contestants?
The maximum number of contestants is 20.
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 board member. no later than Thursday, August 30th.
Youth Fishing Tournament Info
When is the fishing tournament?
The Youth Fishing Tournament takes place on the Saturday of Ossian Days:
- Registration is at 6:45am.
- The contest begins at 7am.
- All lines will be out of the water at 8:30am, with prizes to follow.
Where does the Tournament take place?
The location for the Youth Fishing Tournament is Archbold-Wilson Park (Ossian Pond).
Big Wheel Race Info
When is the Big Wheel Race?
The Big Wheel Race takes place on the Saturday of Ossian Days:
- Sign-up is at 9:30am.
- Races begin at 10am in the Ossian State Bank Parking Lot.
What ages can participate in the Big Wheel Race?
Ages 3 to 6. There are two age groups for the races: 3&4 and 5&6.
Does my child need to have their own Big Wheel to participate?
No. Big Wheels and helmets will be supplied.
Does my child have to wear a helmet?
Yes. Helmets are required to participate, and they will be provided.
What else is required to participate?
Each racer must have completed General Release Form filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian. You can download the General Release Form here.
What are the rules for the Big Wheel Race?
Rules: Heat races will consist of one lap for 3&4 year olds and the trophy race is two laps. Heat races will consist of two laps for 5&6 year olds and the trophy race is also two laps. All participants will receive a prize bag.
Donut Hole Eating Contest Info
When and Where does the Donut Hole Eating Contest take place?
The Donut Hole Eating Contest on the Saturday of Ossian Days at 12noon. It will be located in front of the Event Tent.
What do I need to do to participate?
All participants must have a completed and signed General Release Form. Participants under the age of 18 must have their General Release Form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Everyone will need to submit their completed General Release Form at the Ossian Days Booth on the midway before they will be able to participate. You can download the General Release Form here.
What are the rules for the Donut Hole Eating Contest?
Rules: Each contestant will have 2 minutes to eat as many donut holes as possible. Contestants must have donut holes in mouth by the end of 2 minutes. Then you will have 15 seconds to swallow what's in your mouth. If donuts are not swallowed, or are spit out, the contestant will be disqualified – at any time during the contest. 1 bottle of water will be provided to each contestant.
What happens if there is a tie?
In the event of a tie, a sudden death milk chug-off will determine the winner.
What are the age groups?
Age Groups: 9 & under, 10-15, 16-25, and 26 & older.
What prize do the winners receive?
Winning contestants will receive a custom donut hole eating t-shirt by Ossian Days Inc.
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 tentatively set for Saturday, September 14th, at 1pm.
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 Deli, Ossian State Bank, Ossian Hardware, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can mail your completed form to:
Ossian Days, Inc.
PO Box 225
Ossian, IN 46777.
What is the theme for the 2019 Ossian Days Parade?
The theme is: There is No Place Like Home!
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 Saturday Night
Jen & The Foggy Creek Band
Will there be live music at Ossian Days this year?
For 2019 Ossian Days Inc. is proud to welcome Jen & The Foggy Creek Band to the Event Tent. Come enjoy a special blend of bluegrass, country and Americana Music.
Music starts at 7pm.
- OSSIAN STATE BANK
- JERANDAN PORTABLE TOILETS
Still Waters Family Dentistry
Engineering Resources, Inc.
East of Chicago Pizza
Pena’s Mechanical Contractors, Inc
Mike Anderson Chevrolet of Ossian, Inc.
Melching Machine, Inc.
Northern Indiana Public Service, Inc.
Joyce Hunter & Family
Welches All Vehicle Repair, Inc.
Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals
Ossian Health & Rehabilitation Center
Hillcrest – U – Store
Ossian Smoked Meats
Dale, Huffman & Babcock
Perma – Column, Inc.
Ideal Suburban Homes, Inc.
Barkley Builders, Inc.
Trusted Solutions Group, Inc.
Jack & Rose Barrick
Ossian N. A. P. A.
The Reynolds Family
Frauhiger Excavating, Inc.
Roembke Mfg. & Design, Inc.
Archbold & Lewis Insurance, Inc.
News – Banner Publications, Inc.
Jeanette S. Lundeen Music Studio
Honegger Animal Clinic
The Waynedale News
Rod’s Rustics LLC
K & M Asphalt Sealing
Fort Wayne Metals
Wells County Democratic Party
Thank you, Sponsors!
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.
Rose Ann Barrick