Dozens of locals enjoyed a free hot dog (or two or three) and a Coke® downtown last Thursday amidst bright skies and a gentle breeze.

Blackshear’s Main Street Program (Better Hometown BHT) held a celebration of all downtown barbers in front of longtime barber Olis Davis’ barbershop on Main Street last week  in conjunction with National Barber Shop Day.

The event was similar to Davis’ annual Christmas parties downtown where he served free hot dogs and Coke® to the hundreds who gathered on his sidewalk for the event. Davis’ shop has been closed for months due to his ongoing health issues and he was unable to hold last year’s Christmas party.

Last week’s event organizers had hoped Davis would be able to attend the event alongside other longtime barbers and beauticians, but he was not able to do so. Most who grabbed a free hot dog also signed a card for Davis.

Blackshear Fire Department Fire Chief Bucky Goble and other volunteer firefighters grilled the hot dogs for the public while Better Hometown Manager Bethany Strickland and BHT board members served them up with a smile from a Coca-Cola trailer parked in front of Davis Barbershop.

Other downtown barbers celebrated last Thursday include Brandon LeFountain of The Black Shear Barbershop and Larry Lane, owner of Larry Lane’s Town & Country Barbershop.