Finding a method to the Socktober Fest madness


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OSAGE, Iowa – Thousands of bargain hunters are heading to Osage this weekend for the annual Socktober Fest that got underway on Friday.

With fall being in full swing and being winter just around the corner this event couldn’t be coming at a better time.

The Mitchell County Cedar River Complex is expecting nearly 3,000 people to shop for socks throughout the weekend Lois Spieker was one of the first people in line early Friday morning.

“After the first year of trying the socks,” she said, “their the only socks I wear now.”

The Fox River Mill is one of the largest companies and employers in the Osage area and this event is designed as a way to give back to the community.

Marketing director, Mike Tyre, says that he has never been disappointed with how people react to the good deals at Socktober and they continue to come all weekend to snag the socks at a fraction of their original price.

“Most of these socks sell anywhere from $7.99 to $22.99 a pair,” he said, “so $1.00 to $3.00 a pair is a good deal.”

For people like Lois who have been to Socktober fest for the past 7 years, having a plan of attach and knowing what you’re looking for is important.

“I go and find all of the dollar socks that I can find in the sized that I’m looking for and I just throw them in and then I go and find a corner and start sorting them out and usually there’s people that are very willing to take the ones I don’t want anymore and then that’s when I go back and kind of finish up what I’m missing or short,” Spieker said.

Tyre said it’s not uncommon to see some people walk out of the sale with multiple bags.

“We get people that are buying socks as gifts and we’ve had a lady buy 3 or 4 bags already today and we’ve only been open for about an hour!”

The sock sale will continue throughout the weekend.

Saturday morning there will also be a 5K and 10K walk/run as apart of the event and a portion of the registration fees will be donated to ‘3 Minutes or Less’, the foundation created in memory of Rockford native and navy seal Jon Tumilson.

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