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Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in Kiowa!



The Kiowa Chamber of Commerce welcomes everyone to the 79th Annual Labor Day Celebration this weekend! The tradition started in 1939 and has only gotten better and better during the years.

This year, the fun begins Saturday, Sept. 1, with garage sales. A listing of all the garage sales is expected to be available at various locations around town.

Later in the morning the Duck Soup Invitational Softball Tournament gets underway. Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy the softball competition.

Also on Sept. 1, the 6th annual Cowboy Triathlon will be held at Perschbacher Arena, located just northeast of town. Action begins at 10 a.m. and competition will include shooting five skeets, hitting five golf balls in the arena, and roping five steers.

Come to enter or just to watch. For more information call Ryan at 620-213-2439 or Brena at 620-213-2440.

Sunday, Sept. 2, the Kiowa Classic Car will be held at Progress Park. For more information contact Clint Stewart at 620-213-1834 or April Stewart at 620-825-6252. There will be door prizes, games and concessions all day, along with great music. Plaques will be awarded to the top cars, trucks and semi’s. Registration to enter a vehicle is $15.00, and there is free admission for the public. Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

The popular Burnout will be held 2:00 p.m. at the corner of 8th and Miller.

When you get done seeing all the neat cars, you can watch volleyball at the court in the park. The Shriners will have a concession stand on Sunday.

Monday, Sept. 3, will start with the First State Bank Labor Day 5K Run beginning at 8:00 a.m. In addition to the 5K, it also includes a Fun Run and Kid’s Kuarter. This race is always a favorite for both runners and fans, so show up early and participate or cheer on the runners.

Activities at Progress Park begin early as the Kiowa Historical Society will be selling homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee. Cakewalk and Bingo begin around 11:00 a.m. If you would like to donate a cake just bring it that morning to the Chamber booth.

Our famous “Beaners” will have the beans and all the fixin’s ready at noon for the Free Bean Feed. Food booths will include the Congregational Church, Methodist Church, St. John’s Catholic Church and Barber County Shriners.

After you eat, try your luck at the Horseshoe Pitching Contest starting at 1:00 p.m. Other activities include the 3-point Basketball Contest at 1:30 p.m., Hay Scramble at 2:00 p.m., Closest to the Pin Golf Contest at 2:30 p.m., and if it’s a warm afternoon, the fire truck will spray down anyone who wants to get cooled off at 2:30 p.m.

There will also be inflatables for the kids to enjoy all day, and at the end of Monday’s activities there will be a Gospel Concert.

It will be a busy weekend, and the Chamber extends a big Thank You to everyone who volunteers to help with the event.

Larry McCarty Recognized for Over 50 Years as Barber


Ask Larry McCarty, and there’s nothing more satisfying than cutting hair and visiting with good friends and customers.

Larry was recognized last week by the Kansas Board of Barbering in Topeka for over 50 years of being a licensed barber. Nearly all of those years have been serving his customers in Kiowa.

The best part of the job, he said, are “all the good people” he comes into contact on a daily basis. As Kiowa’s only traditional barber shop, complete with an iconic rotating barber pole outside the door, he treasures his regular customers while noting the loss of some of his long time customers over the past few years.

Larry began cutting hair in 1962 after graduating from barber school in Wichita. He first took a job in Liberal, but after marrying his wife, Joyce, in June of that year moved to Hardtner and set up shop in the old hotel.

He began work in Kiowa in 1967 when he joined another local barber, John Myers, as his shop. He soon moved to his present location at 627 Main Street, where he has worked for the past 40 years.

Along with his barbering, Larry is a former city councilman and was a major force in the local Lions Club which helped support the upkeep of the Scout Hut as well as complete community projects such as the flag pole at Progress Park and the entrance sign and memorial brick walkway, also at the park.

Larry is always optimistic, which fits the barbering business perfectly. But he noted that there was a time that things weren’t going so well – that was during the popularity of the Beatles, when he said over half the barbers went out of business as the trend for long hair on men became popular.

Those trends have changed over the years, and he said business has come back over time. And the good news for his loyal customers is that he doesn’t plan to retire any time soon, although he might “slow down a bit”. That’s good news for those wanting their hair clipped while keeping up on the latest “news of the day”.

Barber County Primary Election Results

(Unofficial)   35% VOTER TURNOUT

Barber County Commissioner – District 1

Mike Roe (R)  176

Steve Garten (R)   121

Governor/Lt. Governor

DEOMOCRAT  Kelly/Rogers 46  –  Brewer/Morrow 44  –  Svaty/Lewison 19  –  Andersen/Cowsert 5  –  Bergeson/Cline 5

REPUBLICAN  Kobach/Hartman 363  –  Colyer/Mann 344  –  Selzer/Sanderson 55  –  Kucera/Reitz 4  –  Tutera/Clemente 2  –  Ruzich/Scavuzzo 1

U.S Representative – 4th District

REPUBLICAN  Rep. Ron Estes 691  –  Ron M. Estes 78

DEMOCRAT  Laura Lombard 63  –  James A. Thompson 53

Secretary of State

REPUBLICAN  Scott Schwab 213  –  Randy Duncan 186  –  Keith Esau 172  –  Dennis Taylor 91  –  Craig McCullah 74

Commissioner of Insurance

REPUBLICAN   Clark Schultz 387  –  Vicki Schmidt 367