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Santa Fe Trail Days Reaches Its 24th Year

Hitch your wagon and head on over to Larned, Kansas on June 10th, 11th, and 12th for three days of fun! This annual community event features: carnival fairway, live music, beer garden, hamburger feed, concession and craft vendors, parade, car show, movie, ice cream social, poker run, scavenger hunt, and much more!

Santa Fe Trail Days is entering its 24th year and we couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s an event you don’t ever want to miss. Hosted by the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber strives to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Pawnee County, making it a better place to live, work and play.

This year’s event will lead off with the Annual Community Banquet on Thursday, June 9th. This special event, sponsored by Tabler Furniture, is held to recognize the inspiring individuals, businesses, and organizations of our community. During the banquet, awards will be given to those featured as this year’s: Large Business, Small Business, Organization/Non-profit, Volunteer, Emerging Leader, and Empowering Leader. Tickets are $20 a person. To purchase your tickets, you may contact the Chamber at (620) 285-6916.

Thanks to our many wonderful sponsors, the Chamber continuously works to bring new, unique activities to Santa Fe Trail Days. This year, we have added a DJ on Friday night, a gentle yoga demo class on Saturday along with horse drawn wagon rides and Randy’s Music Jam. For more information on this event, and for a complete schedule, please visit our event page at

Mark your calendars for June 10-12th, 2016 and we will see you there!

Learn at Lunch with USD 495 Superintendent, Jon Flint on May 26th

Register today for our May Learn at Lunch with USD 495 Superintendent, Jon Flint. Join us on Thursday, May 26th at the Santa Fe Trail Center for an update on the new Larned Elementary School and high school renovations and to learn more about the school system and the great things they are doing. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 19th at 5:00 pm. Lunch is provided. Cost to attend is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. To register, you may call the office at (620) 285-6916 or send an email to

Member Spotlight: Subway

Today, the SUBWAY® brand is the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain with more than 37,000 locations around the world. They have become the leading choice for people seeking quick, nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy. From the beginning, Fred has had a clear vision for the future of the SUBWAY® brand. As they continue to grow, they are guided by Fred’s passion for delighting customers by serving fresh, delicious, made-to-order sandwiches.

– All Day Value
– Featured Products
– All Sandwiches
– Fresh Fit Choices
– Breakfast
– Flatizza
– Salads
– Fresh Fit for Kids
– Sides, Drinks, Extras
– Breads & Toppings


City of Larned Recycling Program Changes

On June 1, 2016, the City of Larned Recycling Program will transition to Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc.
Sunflower Diversified has an award winning recycling operation which provides a variety of employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Under Sunflower Diversified recycling in Larned will transition to a 24 hour per day, single-bin, self-service only system. There will be a separate bin for any items considered non-recyclable.
Item limitations are very few. The most notable limitation is #2 plastic. #2 plastic is identified with the symbol, indicating the material is made from high density polyethylene. HDPE products typically include: bottles, grocery bags, milk jugs, agricultural pipe, etc.
Please feel free to contact Sunflower Diversified Services, with any comments or questions you may have:

Sunflower Diversified
8823 4th Street
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
(620) 792-1321

Youth Entrepreneurship Summer Camp

Fort Larned USD 495 received a grant earlier this spring through the Golden Belt Community Foundation to partner with Pawnee County Economic Development to implement a Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Summer Camp. The half-day camp will be open to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the fall of 2016. The camp will be held on August 3rd, 4th and 5th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day at the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce, Jordaan Room.

Pawnee County Economic Development Commission supports business growth and development. We believe it is very important to promote the entrepreneurial mindset at a young age, which will in turn create new businesses within our community.

“We aspire to show our youth that there are many opportunities available to them. Entrepreneurship being one of them. To gain an understanding of what it takes to start and run a business will give our students a wealth of knowledge and skills,” said Pawnee County Economic Development Director, Sydney Blanton.

Students must be registered by July 7th at 5:00 pm. To register, please call and/or email Pawnee County Economic Development for more information and for a registration form. Registration is $15 per student and must be paid by the registration deadline.

“It is our hope that this becomes an annual event in which our students can look forward to from year to year,” said Blanton.

For more information on the 3- half-day summer camp, please contact, Sydney Blanton at or 620-285-6916. You may also visit for registration details.

Member Spotlight: Windy Plains Marketing

Windy Plains Marketing provides agricultural services that fit your needs. For more information, you may visit or call David Palkowitsh at 620-285-2275.

Windy Plains Marketing

4th Annual Family Fun Kite Fly

Celebrate National Kite Month with the Santa Fe Trail Center on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. They will be offering half-priced admission all day. The first 100 kids will receive a free kite to decorate between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be free popcorn and prizes, as well! During this event, you many also enjoy kite flying on the museum grounds (weather permitting), an exhibit in the lobby on the science of kite flying and shaved ice treats sold by Bahama Mama’s. For more information about this event, call 620-285-2054.

Huelskamp Staff to Host Office Hours in Pawnee County

DODGE CITY, KAN. – Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that a staff representative from his Kansas office will be available in Larned on Tuesday, April 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Jordaan Memorial Library. During these office hours, Huelskamp’s staff representative will be available to meet individually with Kansans to learn about their concerns and to serve as a resource for constituents struggling to navigate bureaucratic red tape. Constituents seeking assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment by contacting Congressman Huelskamp’s Dodge City district office at 620-225-0172.

Congressman Huelskamp said of the office hours:

“The federal government doesn’t make it easy on us – in fact an estimated 4,000 regulations will be working their way through the federal bureaucracy in the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency. Whether you have questions on working with the EPA, IRS, OSHA, VA or other agency, my staff will be available to help. I hope our office can be of service to you.”

Alan Younger of Salina sent the following feedback on office hours:

“Just came from a meeting in Salina with Allison Reed about Veterans information, very, very, helpful; good to know our congressman have employees like Allison. She was great and she was going to help me on problems I’ve been having with elder care.”

Huelskamp Pawnee County Local Office Hours

Tuesday, April 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Jordaan Memorial Library, Kansas Room

724 Broadway Street


Learn more about upcoming local office hours at

Healing Hearts Ranch Pawnee County Site Grand Opening

Healing Hearts Ranch is ready to launch their new site in Pawnee County! The Therapy horses and staff will be on site to meet. They will be doing horse demonstrations, so you can see a little of what they do. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, and cake!

The Grand Opening will be Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 174 KS Hwy 19 East.

Healing Hearts Ranch is a non-profit organization that provides Equine Assisted Therapeutic Counseling services to a variety of individuals in the Central KS area for almost 10 years. The ranch utilizes the EAGALA model of therapy over a 12 week period. In this time, breakthroughs often occur due to the relaxed atmosphere of the ranch and the interactions with the horses. This nonthreatening approach offers an alternative to talk-therapy allowing the individual and/or family to experience healing on their own terms and pace with hands-on learning.

They now offer sessions in Pawnee County (Larned), and 2 Barton County, Locations (Ellinwood and Great Bend).

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 620-792-5173.

Family Crisis Center Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Please join the Family Crisis Center on Friday, April 29th at 10:00 am for a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate their new Larned Office at 606 S. Topeka, Suite 6. The ribbon cutting is at 10:00 am and the Open House will immediately follow until 12:00 pm. There will be refreshments! See you there!

Larned Open House