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Big Kansas Road Trip

Big Kansas Road Trip

The showcase counties are Barber, Comanche and Kiowa. The event will be held over four days, May 3-6, 2018.

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Visit these businesses

* denotes businesses offering specials during the BKRT

Medicine Lodge

  • *Black Diamond Express, 310 N Iliff (HWY 281). 5am-10pm. Happy Hour All Day during BKRT!
  • Cancun Mexican Grill, 207 South Iliff (Hwy 281). Thur 11am-9pm;                      Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm
  • Hibbard’s Prescriptions Plus, 126 N. Main. Thur-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-12pm
  • Leisure Time Center, 213 N. Main. We will offer visitors to Medicine Lodge the       use of our restrooms as well as a cool place to sit for a bit.
  • Maker Mercantile, 225 N. Main. Thur-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 1-3pm.             Maker Mercantile is a one-of-a-kind shopping environment in historic downtown Medicine Lodge, featuring goods made by the human hand. We offer a wide variety of unique items including fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewelry and apparel. Whether you need a special gift, are a discriminating collector, or simply want a memento of time spent in Medicine Lodge or the Gyp Hills, we can fill the bill. The lower level is a working ceramicist's studio.
  • Ramsey Roo's Sweets, Treats, and Eats. While you are touring the beautiful countryside of Barber County, stop on the Scenic Route, at Gyp Hill Road and Scenic Drive. We will have refreshments featuring Ramsey Roo’s Sweets, Treats, & Eats, seating, restroom facilities, and an opportunity to capture your memories using the grandeur beauty of the Red Gypsum Hills with the props we have provided. Three miles west of Medicine Lodge, 6 miles south, and an 1/8 west to entrance.             Sat 9 am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm
  • Sweet P’s Boutique, 107 N. Main. Thursday 11am-6pm; Fri-Sat 11am-4pm


  • *Clark's Fabric Shop, 605 Main, 620.825.4985. Carol Meyer has been in business for 58 years and has lots of in-store specials for BKRT visitors. Find Fat 1/4's at $2 each and 108" wide quilt backing at $4 off per yard. Open all four days of the event. Thur-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-3pm and Sun 11am-3pm. 
  • *Dovies Bar, 527 Main. 620.825.4138. BKRT special - Get a pitcher of beer            plus a pizza for $12 all day/every day of the Road Trip. Hours TBA 

Visit all the unique attractions in Kiowa:

  • Pioneer Horse Statue
  • Carrie Nation Rock that represents her first bar she destroyed
  • Bob’s Old Time Printing Shop
  • Clark’s Fabric Shop
  • Kiowa Locker Meat Packing Plant
  • Kiowa Rope Factory
  • Movie Theatre
  • Radio Station
  • Historical Museum



  • Angels Attic, 116 E. Main. Angels' Attic is a not-for-profit agency. The store is dedicated to serving the community with a friendly, inviting atmosphere with affordable, quality goods. Thur 4-7pm, Fri-Sat 9am-12pm
  • Comanche County Historical Museum, 105 W. Main. Thur-Fri 1-4pm, Sat 9-4pm, Sun 1-4pm
  • Main Street Pharmacy and Gifts, 113 E. Main. Thur-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm,           Sat 9am-2pm
  • The Blonde Grill, 212 E. Main. Fun, Fresh, & Unique Breakfast, Lunch, Sweets and Gourmet Products. Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sat 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
  • The Taco Place, Main Street, one block East of Central, North side of street. Small family owned and run authentic Mexican food restaurant to eat in or take out.     Thur-Sat 11am-8pm


  • Don’s Place, 203 N. Broadway. Don Dellinger established Don's Place in September of 1973. This cafe offers a full menu from breakfast items to steaks with hamburgers, fried chicken, chicken fried steak and many other items in between. Home cooked lunch specials are served Tuesday through Friday. A Thursday night buffet line with fried chicken and spaghetti as well as a Sunday buffet with three meats and three vegetables and large salad bars occur weekly. Award winning homemade pies, donuts and cinnamon rolls round out the menu.                            Thur-Sat 6 am-8pm, Sun 6am-1pm
  • Protection Golf Course, Come play golf at Protection's 9 hole course.                  Enjoy one round or play all day. Green fees are $15/day.
  • Speckles & Stripes Boutique, 215 N Broadway Ave. Thur-Sat 10am-7pm,        Sunday 12-4pm
  • Twisted Sisters, 104 W. Walnut. 3rd Annual 15% off sale.                                Thur-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm
  • Vintage Soil, 204 South Jefferson, Daily 10am-6pm. Come and shop all this seasons vibrant beautiful home grown plants and also shop cool vintage finds.
  • Worship Woodworks, 207 W. Walnut. Our company hand makes Christian educational material out of wood. We create all figures and materials to help  children visualize lessons from the Bible. Mon-Thur 8am-4:30pm, Fri 8am-12pm.



  • Crazy Mule Food & Brew, 106 S. Main. Lunch, dinner and drink specials!            Fri-Sun, Lunch: 11am-2pm; Fri-Sat Dinner: 5-9:30pm
  • Kiowa County Care N Share, 207 S. Main. Thrift store, $1 off $5 purchase;           $2 off $10 purchase; $3 off $15 purchase, $4 off $20. Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm
  • *Kook’s Meat & Deli, 115 W. Kansas Ave. We are a small locally owned business serving only the best products to our clients. We offer great choices of cut meats and are a part of the Black Angus Beef Program. Thursday we will be open from 7am-8pm serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Dinner we will be serving a 12 ounce RIBEYE STEAK served with a Baked Potato, Green Salad, Homemade Dinner Roll, Coffee or Tea, $12.99. Friday we will be open from 7am- 8pm. Dinner we will be serving HANDBREADED CATFISH and or Shrimp served with Handcut a fries, Coleslaw and homemade cornbread. Saturday we will be open from 7am-2pm. Lunch special: $5 Burger made with our in house ground beef. Sunday we will open from 7am-2pm. Lunch special: will be one you won't want to miss! HANDBREADED PAN SEARED CHICKEN, served with Mashed Potato and Gravy, vegetable, a homemade biscuit and dessert.
  • LaTerra Naturals, 118 S. Main. LaTerra Naturals carries all natural body care products, health supplements, fashion accessories, and gift items. We also carry Kansas artwork that we will be showcasing on May 3-5, and will be have them on sale for 25% off! This includes many sizes of canvases and coasters.                     Thur-Fri 1am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-1 pm.

  • Main Street Flowers & More, 112 S. Main. Storewide Sales, gourmet samples and drawings. Thur-Sat 10am-5pm
  • Where'dya Find That Antiques, 148 S. Main. Store Wide Sale 30% off plus additional discounts. Thur-Sun 10am-5pm.


  • Heart of America Science Resource Center/ Haviland Heritage Foundation Museum, 312 E. Highway 54. Thur-Sun 9am-5pm


  • *Headrick’s Plants & Pines, 315 N. Cherry. Ask for the Explorer Special!              Thur-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 12-6pm.