ABOVE: Luke Laskowski, left, and Gary Gourd, Gardner, pose with their awards during a competition in Osawatomie, Kan. Submitted photo


Two Gardner residents took top prizes at the 40th annual Kansas Old Time Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers in Osawatomie, Kan., at the City Auditorium last weekend.
Contestants from 14 chapters across the state of Kansas, including the Santa Fe Trail Chapter in Gardner, competed in the competition.
Gardner residents Gary Gourd and Luke Laskowski took home some top awards.  Luke Laskowski competed in the Junior Division for ages 5-18 and placed second in both guitar-picking and singing.  Gary Gourd placed first in Men’s singing and yodeling.  Gary’s band also placed second in the Dance Band competition.
Gourd is a department manager at Price Chopper in Gardner and Lakowski is in the fifth grade at Pioneer Ridge Middle School.
Gourd is also Luke’s instructor.
Lakowski has been playing the guitar for about two-and-a-half years and has competed in three conventions taking top honors in each competition.
Gourd has been playing and singing since he was five when his father Wayne Gourd  started teaching him in Harrison, Ark.
Gourd encourages any musician from Gardner to come to the monthly performance for the KOFPS the second Sunday of each month at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in downtown Gardner from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The purpose of the Santa Fe Trail chapter is to preserve old time country music and enjoy new country music.  Gourd also encourages people to come out and join other audience members to just enjoy listening to some great local music.