I’m sure Police Chief Cram had no idea when he “hired” Officer Larry, That he would become a popular tourist celebrity! Watch for him as you drive through town on Hwy 89 (He will certainly be watching you). Chances are, there will be a few folks gathered around his car snapping pictured on their phone.
Already a bit of a local celebrity, Latex Larry started his career as “Polymer Pete” as there was already a “Latex Larry” working in a Fredonia, just over the border in AZ. But I understand Larry the 1st retired and Polymer Pete decided he liked the reputation of “Latex Larry” better. Not sure if it had anything to do with his relationship with “Silicone Sally” working up in Orderville, but one never knows…!
Latex Larry has been on the force in Kanab for about 10 yrs now. The Chief says Larry is his best Officer. Always willing to work holidays and overtime. Never asks for a raise and is never late. And he is a survivor, literally! Cheif Cram rescued him from the shooting range years ago and yes, he still has multiple bullet holes.
He is kind of a handsome guy, big mustache and all. I have heard stories of his double date with two girls in the convertible who were here for The Greyhound Gathering a while back. They were out carousing all over town. Came back with big lipstick kisses on his cheek. Those must have been some pretty heated kisses as you can still see the remnants today. I tried asking him about that, but you know those strong, silent types. Wouldn’t say a word.
I tried to find a photo Of Latex Larry and Chief Cram in the 4th of July Parade, Larry is driving. Sign on the car says –
Good times. 😁
I would also like to track down the photos of the multiple tourists mooning Officer Larry, which seems to be a favorite photo op. But it’s probably better that I don’t, come to think of it.
We hope you make it Kanab soon and get to interact with the locals. Live or latex, they are a pretty hospitable crowd.
The Greyhound Gathering in Kanab is a favorite! We don’t own a Greyhound but love to mingle with these mellow dogs and their wonderful owners. Many of the dogs are rescued from the racing circuit and are affectionately called “The 60 mile per hour couch potatoes”. Yes, these dogs are fast! But they really prefer to lounge on the sofa. This year’s gathering is called Sighthound Shivoo.
WHEN: May 17 – 19, 2019
A 3-day celebration and FUNdraising event for and about greyhounds.
Lovers of greyhounds, Owners of greyhounds and just anybody interested in watching some fun events. Events like:
-Blur of Fur (humans race dogs for fun. Dogs are clocked by Kanab City
police’s radar gun. Lot’s of silly awards)
– Chalk & Talk
– Best Friends Tours
WANT TO KNOW MORE: Greyhound Gang, is a 501 c3 organization since 1995. Their initial mission was front line rescue work – rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for greyhounds no longer wanted by their breeders.
They have transitioned more to a fundraising and educational organization. Their main assistance is now the creation and sustaining of “Almost Home for Hounds” since 2004.
Greyhound Gang’s web site provides education and information about adoption, behaviors, medical and daily care.
Mark your Calendars, Feb. 15-17, make your reservations early and we will see you there!
Pilots will fly their balloons each morning at sunrise at the Coral Cliffs Golf Course just east of Kanab on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting).
Battle of the Bands will take place on Friday and Saturday; winner takes $2,500 second place $1,500 and third place $1,000.
Battle of the Bands will begin Friday evening and continue Saturday during the street festival. There will be fire pits and standing heaters throughout the vendor and crowd areas.
Saturday evening the Balloon Glow will take place at 7pm and the winner of the Battle of the Bands will perform. This is where all the hot air balloons fill up on the street and glow for the crowds! Pure Magic!
Buy a lantern at a vendor booth for the Lantern Launch following the Balloon Glow and watch the night sky filled with wishing lanterns floating skyward. Awesome! This is a one-of-a-kind balloon event in scenic red rock country! Don’t miss the most magical winter event in all of Southern Utah!