Final Friday continues to add stops.

Final Friday is an event in Dodge City that occurs on the last Friday of every month and generally features free drinks, appetizers and live music.

In November and December, there was no Final Friday due to all the holiday events. However, when Final Friday picked back up in January, the tour schedule grew longer with some additional stops.

The first new stop came in January when Paradise Hookah Lounge joined in.

“They have recently opened and I think they’re wanting people to come and see what they’re about and what they do,” said Final Friday organizer Laura Tawater. “They really want to be a part of the community, and I think this is a really good way for them to get involved. The more people participate in things like Final Friday, the more patrons come out to visit us.”

Paradise Hookah lounge offered free samples of hookah and a cash bar during the last few Final Fridays.

In February, another stop was added to the Final Friday tour.

“The Guymon Petro Bar and Grill just got added to the Final Friday tour schedule for February, so they’re new to Final Friday,” said Tawater. “They (have been) featuring live music, a happy hour and a ‘Final Friday special’ with drinks and appetizers.”

The newest addition to Final Friday came in March when Dodge City Community College joined the tour. The community was welcome to their theater gallery where students presented their art pieces and art professor Jennifer Nolan featured some of her hand made jewelry.

During the past few months, many unique artists and art groups visited Dodge City to showcase their exhibits.

January’s Final Friday featured a Dodge City native at Carnegie Art Center, Stacy Sparks. Sparks presented a photography display entitled “Contemplation”, which included 48 selected images from nearly 7,000 photographs.

In February, an exhibit by Mexican artist Claudia Garcia Peña was featured at Carnegie Art Center.

“Her exhibit is called the ‘Four Seasons’ exhibit,” said Final Friday organizer and Carnegie Center board member, Laura Tawater. “Her exhibit features abstract art. She uses geometric shapes to (portray) the four seasons, things like leaves and their changing color.”

In March, a special group of artists from Kinsley called Good Company Painters visited Dodge City for Final Friday.

This group of painters began meeting every week after a retired farmer, Don Schroeder, tapped into his artistic side at a local boutique called “Good Company.” Ever since, this group has become more of a fellowship and put their ideas together to grow as artists.

An art exhibit by the Good Company Painters was on display at the 2nd Avenue Art Guild during Final Friday in March.

During most of the Final Friday stops, alcoholic beverages are offered, which can be dangerous as patrons venture to different stops. During all Final Fridays in 2017, Dodge City offered free trolley services in the downtown area to encourage safe driving and prevent any unnecessary accidents.

“We encourage people to come by and see downtown Dodge City and the community,” said Mark Vierthaler, director of marketing at the Boot Hill Distillery. “This is something where the community can get together and enjoy time together.”

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