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15th Annual Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show – October 10th & 11th


Santa Fe Trail Center Museum & Research Library

1349 K-156 Hwy

Larned, KS 67550


Contact: Becca Hiller, Museum Director





15th Annual Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show

October 10 & 11


The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum & Research Library, Larned, KS will host the 15th Annual Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 11, 2015 and runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. This long running event promises to be a fun-filled and educational family affair. Highlighting antique tractors and gas engines, the Tired Iron Show draws a large crowd from Central Kansas as well as surrounding states. Admission to the event is $5 for ages 16 and up. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

New this year is tmusic by the HellCreek Bridge Band, playing southern rock and country music.  The band will play on the museum’s west porch from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Sue’s BBQ and Bahama Mama’s will be selling food and drinks during the performance.  Pawnee County Coop Association, Prolific Resources, and Sue’s BBQ are sponsoring this great addition to the event. Admission to the performance is included with Tired Iron Show admission.

Other new fun events that have been added this year include Cowboy Mounted Shooting demonstrations (both days) and Slowest Tractor & Tractor Barrel Races on Saturday.   ­

One of the many returning activities at this year’s event includes the ever-popular Anvil Shoot.  Sponsored by Great Bend Farm Equipment, Inc., the Kansas Anvil Shooters will shoot the anvil three times each day. You don’t want to miss this unique experience.

Saturday, just west of the Frizell Depot, Pawnee Valley Feed Yard is sponsoring a harnessing and horse drawn plowing demonstration at 12:30 p.m.

Another returning event is Punkin’ Chunkin’, sponsored by Ward Feed Yard, Inc.  On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. an air powered pumpkin cannon will launch pumpkins far out into the pasture southwest of the museum grounds.

Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday will be the Tractor Pull Competition, sponsored by First State Bank & Trust Co.  Ribbons will be awarded to the first, second and third places in each weight class.

On both Saturday and Sunday there will be scheduled demonstrations of wheat threshing sponsored by Carr Auction & Real Estate, Inc., corn shelling sponsored by Standish Farms, blacksmithing sponsored by Producers Hybrids, wheat grinding sponsored by Ruff Stuff Parts & Supply, and horseshoeing sponsored by Josefiak Farms.

Kids will enjoy the Kids Korral & Petting Zoo sponsored by Mull Farms and Feeding, Inc., Class in the One-Room Schoolhouse sponsored by James R. Boyd, Kids Corn Coin Hunt sponsored by Bar F Farms and K & K Cattle, games, and barrel train rides on the Schartz Express. Throughout both days, people can visit the working miniature farm equipment, model railroad demonstrations, and enjoy a beautiful quilt exhibit by the Quilting Bee’s. On Saturday there will be wood carvers demonstrating different techniques on the west porch.

With so many activities to enjoy attendees may want to give their feet a break and catch a ride on the People Mover, sponsored by Farmers Bank & Trust.

This year the Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show will remember Dale Otte.  Dale was a long time member of the Fort Larned Historical Society Board of Directors and worked tirelessly as a volunteer. Before each Anvil Shoot there will be someone speaking about his many contributions to the museum.  In addition, there will be a memorial for Dale during the Sunday 9 a.m. Worship Service in the Historic Johnson Street Escue Chapel.  The service is sponsored by Debes Farms.

For a full schedule of events or more information check out our website at or call 620/285-2054. The Santa Fe Trail Center is located 2 miles west of Larned on Hwy K-156. Follow us on Facebook.


Chamber Member Spotlight

Check out this week’s member spotlight: Hutchinson Regional Medical Center!

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit, 200-licensed bed medical facility serving the health needs of more than 65,000 residents of Hutchinson, Reno County and the surrounding Central Kansas region.

Our pioneering spirit has made us leaders in the health care field. The talent employed at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is stronger than that often found in larger metropolitan hospitals. Clinical research trials are prevalent and our physician competency is well known. We’ve received worldwide attention for medical and technological engineering advancements.

Participating in patient care are our partners and specialty services, including The Heart & Vascular Center, Chalmers Cancer Treatment Center, The Birthing Center, and Ray E. Dillon Living Center, an adult care facility offering intermediate care, skilled nursing and assisted living. Each of these facilities is located on our 83-acre campus.

Our broad network of health care services extends deep into the community with Health-E-Quip, a home medical equipment supply store; Horizons Mental Health Center, a mental health services provider for surrounding counties; Hospice & HomeCare of Reno County, a medical and emotional support system for patients and their families in the final phase of a terminal illness or those needing home health care services for acute and chronic illness needs; and Sleep Diagnostic Center, a monitored sleep lab that identifies sleep disorders.

Together, we will do everything possible to deliver an exceptional experience of care to every patient and family member who walks through our doors. Our desire is to be your first and best choice for health care.


LHS Homecoming 2015

If your business would like their windows painted in celebration of homecoming week, please contact Bethany Skelton at by September 25th. The Larned High School cheerleaders will be painting windows the week of September 28th. If the Indians WIN Friday night, each business is responsible for cleaning their own windows off! If the Indians LOSE, the LHS cheerleaders will clean windows off Saturday morning!!!

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Wound Care Clinic Open House


Fort Larned Welcomes 4th Grade Students Through Every Kid in a Park Initiative

Fort Larned National Historic Site News Release

Date:  September 9, 2015                                                            Contact:  Superintendent, 620-285-6911

For Immediate Release


Fort Larned Welcomes 4th Grade Students Through Every Kid in a Park Initiative


Fort Larned invites all 4th grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.  Starting September 1st, 4th grade students can now go to to complete an activity and get a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

“During the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we’re offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer,” said Superintendent Betty Boyko.  “We hope these free passes for fourth graders will introduce them, their classes, and their families to our national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and learn.”  Fort Larned has a junior ranger program along with kid’s history and nature activities throughout the year.  Schools with access to buses for field trips have the opportunity to use Ticket to Ride funds to pay for fuel when visiting Fort Larned.

To get their free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass.  Fourth graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016.  The website also includes fun and engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips and other important and helpful information for educators and parents.

In addition to providing every fourth grader in America a free entry pass for national parks and federal public lands and waters, fourth grade educators, youth group leaders and their students across the country can also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences.

The goal of Every Kid in a Park program is to connect 4th graders with our nation’s natural and cultural treasures and inspire them to become future stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come.  The program is an important part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.

Every Kid in a Park is an administrative-wide effort, launched by President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences.   Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.

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Jack Rabbit in Grass

No Child Left Indoors Youth Event

Pawnee Valley Pheasants Forever

No Child Left Indoors Youth Event

Sunday, October 11th


The Pawnee Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter is hosting there Fourth Bi-Annual “No Child Left Indoors Youth Event” This is event is free and open to the youth in and around Pawnee County.  It will be held at the Larned Gun Club just south of Town.  Times will be 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for ages K-12.  We will provide shotguns, .22’s, and air rifles so that all ages are able to participate.  Ammunition and targets will also be provided.  We will teach and demonstrate the safety of handling each type of shooting device.  Hunters Education is not required.  We will have an assortment of targets and shooting clays for the youth to participate in.  If you have any questions please contact: Jamie Holopirek -620-923-5001, Cory Johnson -316-243-7530, Marc Johnson -620-202-1303, Josh Huff -785-456-5946 or any other Pheasants Forever board member.


Bowl ‘N One


Community Health Fair


Scrub Fair


LCMHF and Barton Community College Partner to Educate and Provide Job Training

Press Release

Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility

1318 Hwy. 265

Larned, KS  67550


 For Immediate Release

Date:              August 13, 2015

Contact:        Teri Werner, Public Information Officer

Phone:           620/285-8007

FAX:              620/285-8070


LCMHF and Barton Community College Partner to Educate and Provide Job Training


A new carpentry vocational program for offenders at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility (LCMHF) is one of several innovations being made possible by a partnership with Barton Community College (BCC) and LCMHF.  As a team, Barton Community College and the Kansas Department of Corrections are providing offenders the opportunity to improve their chance for success upon release through vocational and educational programming while incarcerated.  Barton Community College purchased a metal building for LCMHF to house a new carpentry vocational program.  LCMHF purchased materials to complete the interior of the building and has provided the staff and offender labor to construct the building.    It is only through this partnership with BCC that LCMHF will be able to provide this new vocational program to minimum security offenders, most who are near release.


There is great value to public safety and reduction of recidivism in providing educational and vocational programs to offenders.  According to a RAND Corporation report in 2013, offenders who receive general education and vocational training are significantly less likely to return to prison after release and are more likely to find employment than peers who do not receive such opportunities.  Employment after release was 13 percent higher among offenders who participated in either academic or vocational education programs than those who did not. Those who participated in vocational training were 28 percent more likely to be employed after release from prison than those who did not receive such training.


The dedication of this new vocational building is a celebration of BCC’s and LCMHF’s commitment to the safe and successful return of offenders to our communities.  Without the partnership, this wouldn’t have been possible.


Come and join BCC and LCMHF on October 1, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at West Unit for the ribbon cutting and opening of the new vocational building!  There will be a hosted Chamber of Commerce Coffee Hour in conjunction with the ribbon cutting and dedication.