Let the darts fly.
The Barton County Dart League is set to start another season, starting with the preseason meeting on Tuesday, August 12.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Hoisington.
“Anyone interested in joining the league should come to the meeting,” League President Sandy VanBebber said. “Even if you don’t have a team, just show up. We had five people who didn’t have a team come last year and we were able to put them together.”
The league has been running for years, using multiple bars throughout Barton County to compete.
These bars all sponsor teams and act as a home field for dart matches each Tuesday.
“We had nine teams last year,” VanBebber said, “and we are expecting at least three more this year. We pair them off, and one team travels to another team’s sponsored establishment.
“We started this on Tuesdays because it is a day that usually doesn’t have a lot of business for these places. The sponsors have to allow us to go to their establishments and they usually buy t-shirts for their teams as advertisement. Even if they have to rent a board, they get their money back in the meals and drinks bought by the teams.”
The first matches are set for Tuesday, September 9.
“Last year, we had 27 weeks,” VanBebber said. “We start just after Labor Day and usually try to go until around spring break.
“At the end of the year, we all get together and have a tournament and a potluck dinner. We have a blind draw for partners and we usually chip in five dollars or something for the winner of the tournament.”
Teams consist of at least four people. The only stipulation is that you must be old enough to enter the bars where the league competes.
“We’ve had things worked out in the past that younger people can come along as long as they have a parent with them,” VanBebber said. “We have very strict rules about it. If they are caught trying to get a drink, they are kicked from the league. It’s a very strict policy about that.”
There are six places sponsoring teams: Hoisington American Legion, Great Bend American Legion, Pinkies, The Rack, Lumpy’s and Rumors.
“We’re always looking for new places to sponsor a team,” VanBebber said.
For more information or if you are interested in joining the league and can’t make the August 12 meeting, contact VanBebber at 620-282-7116.