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Announcer enjoys Santa Fe parade
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Jerry Buxton Great Bend Tribune The Santa Fe Trail Days in downtown Larned draws a vareity of performers and historical figures, past and present.

LARNED —  Public address announcer Jeff Broer likes to ad-lib during the annual Santa Fe Trail Days parade in Larned. Broer will get to practice his combination of quick wit and gift of gab during Saturday’s 11 a.m. parade in downtown Larned.
“It’s all in good fun, but I like to say something funny when certain groups, like a motorcycle group, drive by,” said Broer, who works at the Larned State Hospital. “I have a lot of fun with it. Anytime I’m invited, I accept.”
Announcing the Santa Fe Trail Days parade is only part of Broer’s talent. He also performs music and entertains during a Friday evening show at the Larned Community Center and Saturday downtown. Jim Long will play the harmonica and Broer will play the electric or acoustic guitar.
“We will also have game time, which is tremendous for audience participation,” he said. “I’ll have an open microphone set up for anyone who would like to record their own CD — a song, a story, a letter to Grandma and Grandpa, or a joke. This will be free of charge as a community service.”
Santa Fe Trail Days Schedule
Friday, April 29
4-7 p.m. — Walk Larned. Larned walking track
5-7 p.m. — Pancake Feed, Larned Community Center
5-8 p.m. — Chalk Fest
5-7 p.m. — 4 Points Masters Commission Inflatables
5-7 p.m. — Musician Jeff Broer
6-8 p.m. — Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary, Dessert
6 p.m. — Texas Hold’em
Saturday, April 30
8–3:30 p.m. — Santa Fe Trail Club Car Show
9–3:30 p.m. — Crafts, Food, Booths, Music
9-3:30 p.m. — Petting Zoo, 803 Main Street.
9:30 a.m. — Larned Kobra Kai Karate
10-2 p.m. — Downtown Games, Inflatables
10–2 p.m. — The Schartz Express Barrel Train
11 a.m. — Santa Fe Trail Days Parade
12:30-2 p.m. — Puppet Show, Balloon Animals, Face Painting
12:30 and 1:30 p.m. — Joan Wells. Trick Roper
1-3 p.m. — John Schnack Express Train
6-8 p.m. — Skate Contest, Schnack-Lowery Park
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4:30-6:30 — Santa Fe Trail Days Hamburger Feed. Half price with button or $6.
4:30 and 6 p.m. — Glenda and Mike Mann, Magic, Ventriloquism
5:30 p.m. — Kids Muttin’ Bustin
6-11 p.m. — Beer Garden
7 p.m. — Ranch Rodeo