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CVB Announces Light Up Dodge City Winners

By Dodge City CVB on December 20, 2023

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The seventh annual Light Up Dodge City Contest came to a festive close on Tuesday night. Judges awarded first place to [Name] at [Address] for their stunning holiday display.

The second-place winner of this year's contest was [Name] at [Address]. Hosted by the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Dodge Globe, the contest rewards originality, creativity, and storytelling in holiday decorations across the city.

Submissions this year included everything from the tallest snowman we’ve ever seen and homes bathed in lights to classic nativity scenes. Prizes included $200 in Chamber Bucks, valid at any chamber business, for first-place, $100 in Chamber Bucks for second place, and a sign declaring their home a Light Up Contest award winner.

“We’re continuously amazed by the talent and effort our residents put into their holiday decorations each year,” said Megan Welsh, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This event has become a wonderful community tradition and gives us a way to give back to our neighbors who do so much to bring joy to our city during the holiday season.”

While the city contest has concluded, the Light Up Ford County Contest will continue accepting submissions through December 26.  The county-wide competition is open to Ford County residents who live outside the Dodge City limits and is hosted by the Dodge City Globe and Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Inc.
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Dodge City Named One of the Most Welcoming Towns in Kansas

By Dodge City CVB on December 8, 2023

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The iconic western town of Dodge City has been recognized as One of the Most Welcoming Towns in Kansas by World Atlas, a leading global publisher of travel and serving more than 165 million annual readers. Although once known for saloons, gambling halls, and gunfights, Dodge City has transformed into a peaceful, hospitable community that captivates visitors with its rich history and small-town charm.

Nestled on the high plains in southwest Kansas, Dodge City offers travelers the opportunity to experience the spirit of the Old West. Must-see stops include the Boot Hill Museum, the Santa Fe Trail Rut Site, the Home of Stone Museum, and the historic downtown district lined with shops, restaurants, and the Trail of Fame. Annual events like Dodge City Days, an Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration, the Ford County Fair, and Christmas in Dodge City draw visitors from across the country year-round.

“We’re proud that Dodge City’s Midwestern charm and our community’s warmth shines through for visitors,” said Megan Welsh, director of Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “In Dodge City, we have embraced and preserved our Cowboy heritage for more than 150 years. We invite all travelers to experience our town’s hospitality and special brand of Western culture.”

For more information about planning a trip or relocating to Dodge City, go to www.visitdodgecity.org. Discover why Dodge City tops the list as One of the Most Welcoming Towns in Kansas.

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Annual Parade of Lights Continues as Traditional Triumph

By Dodge City CVB on November 28, 2023

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Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Dodge City on Monday, Nov. 27, for the annual Parade of Lights and Chili Cook-Off. This year’s event featured all the old favorites, including chili, cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, the return of the Snowball Drop, sponsored by Building Solutions, prize giveaways, performances from the DCHS Madrigals, the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, and of course, the Parade of Lights.

This year’s chili cook-off included seventeen teams, all vying for the coveted ladle. The judge’s choice awards were declared during the festivities, with first place going to Ford County EMS, second to the Ford County Sheriff’s Department, and third to Matt Bailey. The three teams named as the People’s Choice winners were Cargill (1st), Arrowhead West (2nd), and the Ford County Sheriff’s Department (3rd).

This year continued a tradition that began last year, the Building Solutions Snowball Drop. Fifteen hundred ping pong balls were loaded onto a Dodge City Fire Department ladder truck and dumped onto the waiting crowd below, including 80 marked balls, redeemable for gift certificates to local businesses.

The Parade of Lights and Chili Cook-Off might be over, but that is just the beginning of the fun during Christmas in Dodge City. Eat breakfast with Santa at the Boot Hill Museum, enjoy a cinnamon roll bake-off, visits from Santa, carriage rides, and more during the Winter Extravaganza at Red Beard Coffee, catch the Depot Theater's performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told…(And Then Some!), and much more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/christmasindodgecity/ for more exciting events this holiday season.

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Community To Turn Wright Park Into A Spectacle of Lights

By Dodge City CVB on November 8, 2023

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Every year, Dodge City’s Wright Park is turned into a spectacle for the eyes when businesses, organizations, and individuals decorate trees throughout the park during the Annual Light Up Wright Park event. Registration has already begun, and participants have until November 20 to claim their tree. The tree deemed best decorated will earn the winner $100 in Chamber Bucks.

“We look forward to this tradition every year,” said Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Dodge City, Daniel Cecil. “The amount of time and effort people put into making our park look beautiful for the holiday season is truly heartwarming, and we’re grateful for their efforts. The creativity we have present in our community is inspiring.”

Trees must be decorated no later than Nov. 26. A group of volunteers will judge the displays during the week of Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, and the winner will be named on Monday, Dec. 4. Decorations will remain up during the holiday season but must be removed by Jan. 7.

For more information, contact the City of Dodge City’s Parks and Facilities at (620) 225-8160. To register yourself, your business, or your organization for the Light Up Wright Park contest, go to www.visitdodgecity.org/CIDC.

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Dodge City Named One of the Best Places to Visit in Kansas

By Dodge City CVB on September 11, 2023

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VacationIdea, a growing online travel magazine, has named Dodge City as one of the 25 Best Places to Visit in Kansas. VacationIdea scoured Kansas to find locations across the state that had something of interest for everyone, no matter their taste or itinerary. The magazine selected Dodge City for its unique blend of immersive experiences into the history and culture of the American West and world-class entertainment, art community, and modern amenities.

"We are delighted to have been selected as one of the best places to visit in Kansas," said Megan Welsh, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Our community and attractions strive to deliver a unique experience for travelers looking to explore the history and culture of the Old West. We invite everyone seeking adventure to saddle up and visit our slice of American history."

VacationIdea is an online travel magazine that provides inspiration and expert advice for family vacations, romantic getaways, and weekend trips. VacationIdea covers more than 45,000 destinations worldwide, and its articles have been referenced in USA Today, Buzz Feed, the Chicago Tribune, and many others.

Read the complete 25 Best Places to Visit in Kansas article at ttps://vacationidea.com/ideas/best-places-to-visit-in-kansas.html. To plan your next vacation to Dodge City, see our website at www.visitdodgecity.org.

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New Mr. Mustache Named at Second Annual Whisker Roundup

By Dodge City CVB on July 24, 2023

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A large crowd packed the Varieties Theater at Boot Hill Museum on Saturday, July 22, when the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) hosted the second annual Whisker Roundup Mustache Contest. Four contestants took to the stage to flaunt their pruned, shaped, and waxed mustaches in their bid to claim the crown of Dodge City’s new Mr. Mustache.

“Everyone enjoyed this event so much last year that we had to make it an annual tradition,” said Megan Welsh, director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The new venue is fantastic, and the Boot Hill Museum staff have been a delight to work with.”

National Day of the Cowboy was also observed during the event. Loren Ashlock, the reigning Mr. Mustache spoke to the crowd about the meaning behind the day and recited the Code of Conduct for Cowboys & Cowgirls. Attendees were also treated to performances from Miss Kitty, Doc, and “Sticks” from the Long Branch Variety Show and refreshing sarsaparilla floats.

During Mr. Mustache_2the competition portion of the event, contestants answered silly questions and presented their mustaches to the crowd and judges. The panel of judges consisted of Shawn Nguyen from the Rusty Edge Tonsorial Parlor, Angel Estrella from Rizo’s Barber Studio, and Brody Beck from Boot Hill Museum. The judges graded each mustache on a scale of one to ten across four categories: size, quality, color, and style/presentation. When the dust had settled and the scores had been tabulated Bob Batman was crowned Dodge City’s New Mr. Mustache.

This year also saw the addition of a new category the “People’s Mustache.” The audience selected voted on the mustache they like best, with the title going to Justin Rosario. Both winners were presented with a trophy, sash, and gift basket. Mr. Batman’s mustache will be immortalized on the Dodge City CVB’s 2023/2024 Mustache Fan. The Mustache Fans are distributed at various local and regional events as a fun way to promote Dodge City events and attractions.
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Dodge City Named Most Charming Town in Kansas

By Dodge City CVB on July 11, 2023

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TravelMag, a thriving travel publication, has declared Dodge City as the Most Charming Town in Kansas in their list of the Most Charming Towns and Small Cities in the Midwest. This recognition celebrates Dodge City's distinct mix of history, culture, and unique experiences that attract visitors from all over.

TravelMag surveyed More than 100 travel experts to identify the 20 most charming towns in the Midwest. The survey only considered towns and small cities with populations under 100,000 residents. The Midwest spans nearly a million square miles encompassing diverse landscapes, from expansive corn fields to pristine lakeside forests. TravelMag wants to raise awareness of the unique natural and urban charm, rich histories, and a variety of dining, entertainment, and lodging Midwest towns have to offer.

“We are thrilled to receive this distinction from TravelMag,” said Megan Welsh, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "This recognition allows us to reach new audiences who may not have considered us as a vacation destination before. We look forward to welcoming these visitors and sharing the unique experiences Dodge City has to offer."

TravelMag is a trusted resource dedicated to providing unique perspectives, travel essays, and in-depth local guides that go beyond the conventional guidebook. Their mission is to fuel your sense of adventure, inspire your imagination, and provide all the information you need to turn your travel dreams into reality.

The complete Most Charming Towns and Small Cities in the Midwest article can be read online at https://www.travelmag.com/articles/towns-small-cities-midwest/.

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Unforgettable Summer Entertainment at the Depot Theater

By Dodge City CVB on June 30, 2023

ElvisWhile The Depot Theater, Inc.’s regular season may have come to a close, it’s not the end of the fun times to be had at the Depot this summer. July brings a tribute to the king of rock and roll and the return of a fan favorite that honors one of television's most treasured westerns.

On July 28, the Depot Theater will host Elvis: Rock N Remember starring Elvis Tribute Artist Joseph Hall. Hall’s Rock N Remember show has been called a powerful experience that transports the audience back to the moment they fell in love with the talented and energetic Elvis Presley. The show is produced masterfully and features Elvis hits across multiple genres, costume changes, and a touching tribute to our veterans. Hall has been paying tribute to Elvis since 2006 and appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2008, making 6 TV appearances and being viewed by more than 90 million people. Since his television debut, he has appeared all over the world, won the Spirit of Elvis award, and is considered one of the top tribute artists in the world today.

Then beginning on Saturday, July 29, the Depot Theater presents Gunsmoke: On the Air in the Homestead Theater. This original live radio production, written by Mark Vierthaler, is returning for a third time. Audiences are transported into the CBS radio studio in the early 1950s and witness the creation of an episode of the classic Western. See the actors bring to life Marshal Matt Dillion, Miss Kitty, and all your other favorite characters, and admire how sound technicians made sound effects live in the studio. This one-of-a-kind experience is not to be missed by any Gunsmoke fan. Shows will run at 2 p.m. on July 29 and 30 and Aug. 6 and 7.

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Follow the "Gunsmoke Trail" Through Kansas!

By Dodge City CVB on May 10, 2023

Gunsmoke_Trail_LogoHowdy, partners, and welcome to the Gunsmoke Trail! This road trip visits four cities in Kansas that had a role in Gunsmoke, the GunsmokeRenamingEmmy award-winning primetime Western that entertained audiences for 20 years.

The show still runs on select networks, with iconic characters telling the story of frontier life in the Old West. Several present-day cities in Kansas play a part in the show’s storylines, including Wichita, Abilene, Hays City (now Hays), and of course, Dodge City.

Each community has opportunities to look back on the region’s Wild West days which are accessible and fun for all ages. For fans who want to experience the cities that inspired the show, we invite you to explore the Gunsmoke Trail.

"Gunsmoke" is a television western drama series based in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. "Gunsmoke" is the longest-running western in television history, originally running from 1955 to 1975 totaling 635 episodes. It was the most-watched show from 1957 to 1961. Each episode follows the life of Marshal Matt Dillon as he attempts to keep peace in and around the city.

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Dodge City Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Murals

By Dodge City CVB on May 5, 2023

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On Monday, May 8 beginning at 3:30 p.m. the City of Dodge City will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the three new murals installed in the Historic Downtown District. The event will begin at 609 N. 2nd Ave. on the north side of the West Coast Plaza (facing the former First National Bank Building) with remarks and a ribbon cutting performed by the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Since June 2022 the Dodge City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) has been working with talented artist, Efe Tekdemir from Gardner Design (Wichita, Kansas), representatives from the AARP, and vendors on a grant to bring these three vibrant and attractive murals to the Historic Downtown District. The murals were installed over the course of two days by US Logo and the city is hosting ribbon cuttings to commemorate the newest additions to Dodge City’s public art projects.

The back-to-back ribbon cuttings will be held at 609 N. 2nd Ave. (West Coast Plaza), 509 N. 2nd Ave. (Eryn’s Downtown Center), and 314 W. Spruce St. (Birds of a Feather) followed by a reception with refreshments at the Dodge City Visitor Information Center, 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd.

This project is funded in part from the AARP Community Challenge Grant, which promotes lasting change in communities. The grant is part of AARP's Livable Communities initiative, supporting the creation of livable environments for people of all ages. More info at aarp.org/Livable.

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Dodge City Named Best Summer Vacation Destination in Kansas

By Dodge City CVB on April 27, 2023

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Dodge City’s unique blend of historic charm and world-class community festival helped Trips to Discover name us the Best Summer Vacation Destination in Kansas. In her article “The Best Summer Vacation Destination in Every State,” Trips to Discover travel writer K.C. Dermody cited the opportunity to watch gunfights at high noon, grab a drink in a real saloon, and attend a top-notch 10-day community festival as reasons that Dodge City tops her list in the state of Kansas.

“We are excited to be ranked the Best Summer Vacation Destination in Kansas by Trips to Discover,” said Megan Welsh, director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is gratifying to know that professional travel writers appreciate our town and are sharing positive feedback with a wider audience.”

Trips to Discover, an online travel discovery platform, wants to inspire people to travel more by helping them discover their next travel destination. With more than 22 million annual website visits and more than 100 million video views, Trips to Discover is on its way to becoming the #1 travel discover platform.

The complete The Best Summer Vacation Destination in Every State article can be read online now at https://www.tripstodiscover.com/summer-vacation-destination-every-state/.

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Wild West Country Launches 2023 Museum Passport

By Dodge City CVB on March 14, 2023

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Yeehaw! Get ready for some serious fun in Southwest Kansas because the Wild West Country (WWC) Tourism Coalition just launched the 2023 Museum Passport, and it's bigger and better than ever. With a whopping 36 museums, art centers, and information centers spread across 22 counties, you'll have plenty of reasons to explore and discover the hidden gems of Southwest Kansas.

The 2022 Museum Passport was a hoot and a holler, with more than 60 active participants joining the fun. The passport continues to use TurfHunt − an app available in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores that pinpoint locations and guide you through challenges. It's like a treasure hunt but way more interactive!

WWC President Robin Bailey said it best: "We wanted a fun way to bring awareness to the wide variety of attractions and museums Southwest Kansas has to offer." And that's exactly what we've done. Whether you're a history buff, an art aficionado, or just looking for a good time, the Museum Passport has something for everyone.

What are you waiting for? Download the TurfHunt app, enter code ZXYBLC, or search Wild West Country in the app, and let the adventure begin! The Museum Passport will be active until December 31, 2023, so you have plenty of time to explore and earn points. WWC will calculate scores, and the top three teams with the most points will win a prize. We will notify winners in January 2024.

For more information about the Wild West Country tourism coalition and the Museum Passport Program, visit www.wildwestcountry.com. Good luck and giddy up!

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Dodge City CVB Announces Rooster Roundup Winner

By Dodge City CVB on February 24, 2023

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The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) hosts two annual pheasant hunting contests. The Bounty Bird, exclusive to Ford County, and the Rooster Roundup in conjunction with seven surrounding counties concluded on January 31, 2023. This year’s pheasant season in Dodge City drew hunters from all over the country with the furthest traveled from South Carolina.   The lucky winner of the Dodge City/Ford County Rooster Roundup, Garrett Tann of Shawnee KS, won the grand prize of $500 in Dodge City Chamber Bucks.

But Garett wasn’t the only winner. Upon registration, every participant received a Rooster Roundup hat and a $20 Free Play Chip courtesy of the Boot Hill Casino & Resort or another hunting-related prize if under the age of 21. Every Bounty Bird participant also received a community gift valued at $25 or more.

“The pheasant hunting contests have created excellent partnerships across our community that incentivizes hunters to travel to Dodge City and hunt our area,” said Megan Welsh, director of the CVB, “This year, in addition to our partnerships across the region, Dodge City launched our hunting rewards program with local businesses to give hunters one more reason to choose to hunt in Dodge City.”

The Rooster Roundup annually releases 400 birds across seven counties and is facilitated by the Wild West Country tourism coalition that represents the 22 counties in the southwest region of Kansas. This contest is made possible through grants from the Mariah Fund and the support of local sponsors.

Sponsors for the Dodge City / Ford County pheasant hunting contests include Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Boot Hill Distillery, Boot Hill Museum, Central Station, Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, Dodge City Brewing, Dodge City Roundup, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, I Don’t Care Family Restaurant & Sports Bar, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Longs, Long Branch Lagoon, and Mariah Hills Golf Course.

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Colorful Murals to Brighten Downtown Dodge City

By Dodge City CVB on February 13, 2023

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Dodge City was selected to receive a Community Challenge Grant from AARP Livable Communities and AARP Kansas to create murals in our historic downtown. The Dodge City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) is proud to announce that the project is nearing completion.

The PAAC has been working with talented artist, Efe Tekdemir from the design firm Gardner Design in Wichita, Kansas. Input gathered from community table days informed the direction of these three dynamic works of art that will infuse the area with color and excitement while honoring our city’s rich heritage and cultural diversity.

The murals have been sent to Luminous Neon for test prints and final production should be underway soon. The murals will be installed at the same time, a process expected to take approximately two days. Once a date for installation is set, the PAAC will schedule an event and ribbon cutting to commemorate the newest addition to Dodge City’s public art projects.

“We would like to extend our genuine thanks to Gardner Design for their talent and dedication in creating these beautiful works of art and the local businesses who have generously allowed us to use their properties for this project,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “We couldn’t have done this without the AARP and their support through the Community Challenge grant program. Everyone’s support helped bring these murals to life and enhance our downtown.”

This project is funded in part from the AARP Community Challenge Grant, which promotes lasting change in communities. The grant is part of AARP's Livable Communities initiative, supporting the creation of livable environments for people of all ages. More info at aarp.org/Livable.

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Dodge City Again Honored as Top True Western Town

By Dodge City CVB on January 26, 2023

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Dodge City stands as an icon of the American west. It has been called home by some of the most legendary lawmen and outlaws. That pedigree resulted in one the most beloved western television programs in history, Gunsmoke, being set in Dodge City. That remarkable history has been kept alive, giving visitors a glimpse of what life was really like in the West. That is one of the reasons Dodge City is honored as #5 among True West Magazine’s 2023 Top Western Towns.

“Our industry partners create unforgettable experiences that connect visitors to our history,” said Megan Welsh, director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Whether honoring real legends of the west like Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson or the imaginary heroes of Gunsmoke their efforts to celebrate our heritage draws thousands of visitors to Dodge City every year.”

The criteria used by the editors of True West Magazine in making their selection of honorees include preservation of its history through old buildings, museums, and other institutions, events, and promotion of historic resources.

“Dodge City is one of the great names in Old West history—and one that lives even today,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell.   “The local residents have done an amazing job in preserving this history and presenting it to the world. There’s no question: Dodge City is a Top True Western Town.”

Dodge City and other honorees will be featured in the February/March 2023 issue of True West available on February 14, 2023. This issue marks the 18th year True West has presented this annual award.

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Dodge City CVB Celebrates National Plan for Vacation Day

By Dodge City CVB on January 23, 2023

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On January 31, 2023, the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be holding a drawing to celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), where one lucky winner will receive a night's stay for two in Dodge City. The winner will also receive tickets for area attractions and a Dodge City welcome basket.

National Plan for Vacation Day is an initiative powered by the U.S. Travel Association, which encourages Americans to plan their vacations at the beginning of the year. According to a study from Destination Analysts, those who take the time to plan their trips are more likely to use their paid time off. This initiative provides a great opportunity for Americans to prioritize their vacation planning and ensure they make the most of their time off. NPVD gives Americans a reason to start planning weekend getaways or vacations for the coming year.

"We are grateful to have such amazing industry partners that allow us to engage with travelers in new and exciting ways,” said Megan Welsh, director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Taking a vacation is a great way to recharge and reconnect with family, and our goal is to make the planning process as easy as possible."

To be eligible for the drawing, individuals must have contacted the Convention and Visitors Bureau since August 1, 2022, to request travel information for the upcoming year. The CVB will be joining other organizations across the country to celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day and encourage Americans to take time off. Visit www.visitdodgecity.org to plan your next getaway or learn more about National Plan for Vacation Day at https://www.ustravel.org/events/national-plan-vacation-day.

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Planning Your Vacation to Dodge City

By Dodge City CVB on January 9, 2023

PlanIf you're planning a vacation to Dodge City, Kansas, you're in for an experience you won't soon forget! This historic town, once known as the "Cowboy Capital of the World," offers a unique blend of Old West charm and modern amenities.

The first thing you need to do is pick your vacation dates. Dodge City remains a popular destination year-round, but if you want to experience some of the town's most popular events and attractions, you'll want to plan your trip during the tourism season, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Next, book your accommodations. Dodge City offers economical motels, extended-stay properties, and family-friendly hotels so you can enjoy your vacation in comfort. Also, four friendly RV parks and campgrounds located conveniently throughout the city, each offering amenities to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

During your trip to Dodge City, you can experience our community’s rich history at one of our many museums and historical sites. The Boot Hill Museum tells the story of the wild west and the history of Dodge City. During the season you can take a can-can lesson, get deputized by the marshal, watch a high noon gunfight, or catch the Boot Hill Varieties, a stage show complete with singing bartenders, can-can girls, and the famous Miss Kitty. The museum also showcases a variety of exhibitions, displays, and events throughout the season.

Finish your day with some local cuisine. Dodge City is cattle country, and the locally sourced beef available at many of our local steakhouses and pubs is second to none. Dodge City also features a wide array of ethnic cuisine from all around the world. Enjoy authentic Thai food, a taste of Italy, sushi, or authentic Mexican cuisine from dozens of sit-down restaurants and a mess of food trucks. We’re confident you will have no problem finding a dish that suits your palette.

A trip to Dodge City is sure to be a memorable one. With its unique blend of history and modern amenities, there's something for everyone in our charming Kansas town. So why wait? Start planning your trip. Contact the Dodge City Visitor Information Center to request a Visitors Guide today!

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2022 Light Up Dodge City Winners Announced

By Dodge City CVB on December 21, 2022

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The sixth annual Light Up Dodge City Holiday Lights Contest ended on Tuesday night, with judges selecting Jared Stevens, 1902 La Mesa. as the first-place winner. The contest, hosted by the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Dodge City Daily Globe, is a popular holiday tradition that rewards homeowners for their creativity and originality in holiday decorations.

Second place was awarded to Carmen Starbuck, 2206 Crescent Dr. This year's competition featured impressive submissions that included lighted archways, glowing menageries, and traditional nativity scenes. The first-place winners received $200 in Chamber Bucks, valid at any Chamber business, and a sign declaring their home a Light Up Contest award winner. The second-place winners received $100 in Chamber Bucks.

“The holiday light contests have become a beloved tradition in Dodge City,” Megan Welsh, the director of the CVB. “They reward those homeowners who put in the extra effort with their holiday decorations.”

The Light Up Ford County Holiday Lights Contest is ongoing, with submissions being accepted through December 26. This contest is open to anyone who lives outside of the Dodge City city limits.

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9 Things to Do During Christmas in Dodge City

By Dodge City CVB on December 1, 2022

9. Explore the Arts

Dodge City’s community art walk, Final Friday, moves to the first Friday in December (Dec. 2) and becomes Frosty Friday. Patrons can expect the same inspiring art, refreshments, and sales, with most having a holiday twist.

8. Attend a Christmas Concert

On Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. enjoy an afternoon of Live Christmas Music at the Hickory Hollow Pumpkin Patch when the Dodge City High School Madrigals perform. 

The holiday magic and music stylings of Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas will be on full display beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the United Wireless Arena.

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Join the  Dodge City Cowboy Band at the Village Square Mall for its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11.

7. See a Christmas Show

Enjoy the Depot Theater’s theatrical and spirited version of A Christmas Carol. The phantasmagoric qualities of this classic take center stage as a swirling, dancing chorus of ghosts weave you through this timeless holiday tale. Performances will run Dec. 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18. 

Or celebrate the Christmas Season with the Depot Theater with your favorite carols and holiday songs during the Christmas Cabaret.

6. Take the Holiday Lights Tour­

Climb aboard the Historic Trolley and enjoy an evening of lights, music, and fun with your friends and family. Tours are offered every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Go to visitdodgecity.org/LightTours for details and schedule.

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5. Enjoy a Warm Cup of Christmas Tea

Join the Ford County Historical Society on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Mueller-Schmidt House (Home of Stone) for A Christmas Tea. Enjoy period-appropriate refreshments and caroling accompanied by the pump organ.

4. Eat Breakfast with Santa

On Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Boot Hill Museum will host a Breakfast with Santa Enjoy breakfast, crafts, story time, games, and get your picture taken with Santa. 

Then on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the Dodge City Family YMCA will host a Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy warm and savory biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice while you play games, dance to music, and get your photo with Santa.

3. Make Gingerbread Houses

Explore your holiday creativity by building your very own Gingerbread House when Arrowhead West presents the Gingerbread House Party on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western State Bank Expo Center. Enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies while you build the perfect gingerbread house.

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 2. Take a Carriage Ride Through Downtown

Red Beard Coffee will again be hosting their Winter Extravaganza. Join them for winter family fun all December long.  Carriage rides will be on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Other festivities at Red Beard during December include a cinnamon roll bake-off competition, a cookie decorating contest, visits from Santa Claus, and special discounts.

1. Give Back

One of the best ways to enjoy the holidays this year is give back. You can help a family in need when you drop off a canned or non-perishable food items at the Depot Theater. While your there enjoy a bowl of award-winning holiday chili from the Dodge City Police Department. Sponsored by National Beef of Dodge City.

The Salvation Army of Dodge City has already kicked off its red kettle drive at various locations throughout the city. These donations provide gits to children who otherwise would go without and provide food, shelter, and utility assistance to those who need it all year round.

Compass Behavioral Health is accepting donations of slightly used or new gifts for the North Pole. Every year Compass allows children ages 5 to 18 to select and wrap a gift for a friend or family member of their choice, free of charge. The will be accepting donations of gift cards, toys, tools, socks, or anything you think someone else might enjoy through Dec. 21. 

Red Beard Coffee is partnering with St. Francis to provide all of their foster children with Christmas gifts. Visit Red Beard Coffee to signup and help a child in need. 

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Christmas in Dodge City Kicks Off with the Parade of Lights

By Dodge City CVB on November 30, 2022

The air was buzzing with excitement when hundreds of people gathered in downtown Dodge City for the annual Parade of Lights and Chili Cook Off on Monday, Nov. 28. This year’s festivities included chili sampling and cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate from the Salvation Army, Main Street Dodge City’s Santa House, the Q97 Snowball Drop, prize giveaways, performances from the DCHS Madrigals, the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, and concluded with the Parade of Lights.

Nearly a dozen teams entered this year’s chili cook off. The judge’s choice awards were declared during the festivities, with first place going to Cargill, second to Arrowhead West, and third to the Ford County Sheriff’s Office. These three teams were also named as people’s choice award winners in the same order.

This year marked the start of a new tradition, the Q97 Snowball Drop. 1500 ping pong balls were dropped from a Dodge City Fire Department ladder truck onto the waiting crowd below. 210 of these balls were numbered and redeemed for coupons or gift certificates to local businesses.

The Parade of Lights and Chili Cook Off might be over, but that is just the beginning of the fun during Christmas in Dodge City. Eat breakfast with Santa at the Boot Hill Museum, enjoy sugar cookie decorating, giveaways, carriage rides, and more during Red Beard Coffee’s Winter Extravaganza, catch a Christmas Carol at the Depot Theater, and much more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/christmasindodgecity/ for more exciting events this holiday season.

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Registration for Annual Light Up Contests Begin

By Dodge City CVB on November 16, 2022

LightUpCitizens of Dodge City and Ford County have a shot at winning generous prizes when they enter one of the annual Light Up Contests. Contestants have until noon on Monday, Dec. 12, to register for the Light Up Dodge City contest and until noon on Monday, Dec. 26, to register for the Light Up Ford County contest.

“This is one of our favorite events of the holiday season,” said Megan Welsh, director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “It’s wonderful to see how creative and extravagant some community members get. If these contests motivate our community members to light up our community, then they are worth every penny.”

Light Up Dodge City contest is made possible through a partnership between the CVB, Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Dodge City Globe. This contest is open to all citizens within the Dodge City city limits. The prizes include $200 in Chamber Bucks for 1st Place, $100 in Chamber Bucks for 2nd Place, and Honorable Mention for 3rd Place.

The Light Up Ford County contest is a partnership between Victory Electric Cooperative Association Inc. and the Dodge City Globe. This contest is open to any individual outside the Dodge City city limits and in Ford County. Prizes for the Light Up Ford County contest include $250 for 1st Place and $100 for 2nd Place.

To enter either contest, go to www.visitdodgecity.org/lightup and complete the entry form. Contact the Dodge City CVB at (620) 228-8191 with any questions.

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Lighting Wright Park for the Holidays

By Dodge City CVB on November 7, 2022

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Every year businesses, organizations, and individuals turn Dodge City’s Wright Park into a feast for the eyes when they decorate trees throughout the park. Registration for the annual Light Up Wright Park event has already begun, and participants have until November 20 to claim their tree. The tree deemed best decorated will earn the winner $100 in Chamber Bucks.

“This is one of those events we look forward to every year,” said Director of Parks and Facilities for the City of Dodge City, Daniel Cecil. “It’s wonderful to see all the creativity we have in our community. People put in a lot of time and effort to make our park look beautiful for the holiday season, and we’re grateful for their efforts.”

Trees must be decorated no later than November 27. During the week of November 28 through December 2, a group of volunteers will judge the displays, and the winner will be named on Monday, December 5. Decorations will remain up during the holiday season but must be removed by January 8.

For more information, contact the City of Dodge City’s Parks and Facilities at (620) 225-8160. To register yourself, your business, or your organization for the Light Up Wright Park contest, go to www.visitdodgecity.org/CIDC.

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Industry Recognizes Excellence in Kansas Tourism Marketing

By Dodge City CVB on October 25, 2022

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The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) announced last week the winners of this year’s Marketing Awards during the 2022 Kansas Tourism Conference in Wichita. Dodge City was among the winners announced during the Kansas Tourism Dinner and Marketing Awards Banquet.

The TIAK Marketing Awards are chosen annually to recognize excellence in destination marketing initiatives across the state. They are divided into six categories and broken out by the organization’s marketing budget: Large (over $100,000), Medium ($20,000 – $100,000), and Small ($19,999 and under). The Dodge City Visitors Guide (in-house) was selected as the winner for the medium budget category.

“We are so excited to have won this award,” said Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Megan Welsh. “It was important to us that our new visitors guide not only tell the story of our community in a fun and engaging way but that the visuals created a feeling in the reader. Based on the feedback from the review committee, we more than achieved that goal.”

TIAK is a statewide membership organization whose mission is to speak with one voice for the travel and tourism industry in Kansas by supporting all components of the travel development field. Its goals are to provide a forum for interaction among all industry sectors, develop programs that positively reflect the impact of tourism on the state and local economies, and influence government decisions.

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AARP Community Challenge Grant Round Tables

By Dodge City CVB on September 21, 2022

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In June, Dodge City was chosen as one of 260 grantees for the 2022 Community Challenge Grant from AARP Livable Communities and AARP Kansas. This grant aims to create more livable communities through public art. Beginning September 23, the Dodge City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will begin hosting a series of round tables to solicit community input regarding the subjects of these murals.

The grant, written by the PAAC, will be used to decorate bare walls in the historic downtown district with vinyl wall graphics (murals) that celebrate the community’s rich history and the cultural diversity that makes Dodge City great. These murals will be new attractions that will draw community members and visitors alike to the district and create opportunities for local businesses.

“The downtown district is already a gathering space for festivals and events” said Dodge City Convention and Visitor Bureau Marketing Coordinator and PAAC City Representative, Justin Wilson. “We want to build upon the strength of these community projects and give residents more reasons to explore this area.”

The initial round table will be held at the Dodge City Senior Center, 2408 Central Ave., on Friday, Sept. 23, at 9:30 a.m. The next round table will be during Final Friday on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. This round table will be a partnership with Building Solutions at their downtown office at 100 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd., where attendees can learn about the Streetscape Project and share their input regarding the mural project. Future round tables will be announced soon.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the AARP. The AARP Community Challenge is a grant program to make tangible improvements in communities that jump-start long-term change. It is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods, and rural areas to become great places to live for people of all ages. To learn more, visit aarp.org/Livable.

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City of Dodge City Commission Approves Downtown Streetscape Project

By Dodge City CVB on August 17, 2022

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The Dodge City Commission unanimously voted to approve the Downtown Streetscape Project at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 15. This monumental decision comes 150-years to the day of the signing of the Dodge City Town Charter. The $13.9 million multi-phase project that will revitalize our historic downtown is anticipated to start this fall. 

The focal point of the project is a western-inspired plaza at Second Avenue and Front Street that will serve as a gathering space. A plaza street with improved traffic control for community events will be created on Second Avenue from Front Street to Gunsmoke Street. Other improvements include updating utility services, landscaping, lighting, new sidewalks, and reconstructing streets with raised intersections to create safe, slow-speed crossings for pedestrians. A new walking/bicycle trail from Third Avenue to Central Avenue is another amenity included in the project.

The engagement, feedback, and support of our community and downtown business owners have been invaluable for the revitalization of our historic downtown,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “Strengthening and revitalizing our downtown were two objectives supported strongly by our citizens in our Dodge City 2030, Comprehensive Plan. This project goes a long way towards accomplishing both of those objectives.”

Building Solutions, LLC, was selected as the construction manager at risk and prime contractor following a competitive bid process. The design team for the project was TranSystems and LK Architecture. 

"The revitalization of Dodge City's historic downtown is an essential part of the Dodge City STAR Bond project," said Mayor Kent Smoll. "The 50-year-old streetscape and the 100-plus-year-old brick streets and utilities are well beyond their useful life, and it shows. Downtown has been a regional and international draw, and the recent expansion of the Boot Hill Museum has increased the influx of visitors to our community. In its current condition, our historic downtown is hampering economic development and failing to meet the expectations of our visitors and citizens alike."

The project is funded through STAR Bonds, a KDOT Cost Share Grant, ARPA funds, and debt issuance by the City of Dodge City. The Commission is also considering additional improvements to Gunsmoke Street and adding funding the project for awnings on Front Street which will be determined later as the current project moves forward.

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"Kansas Wheat Shock" Ribbon-Cutting & Storyboard Unveiling

By Dodge City CVB on August 11, 2022

More than 75 people were present on the morning of Wednesday, August 3, in the parking lot south of the Boot Hill Museum for a ribbon cutting and storyboard unveiling for the “Kansas Wheat Shock.”

Miss Kitty welcomed the crowd and introduced special guests; artist Hoss Haley, High Plains Journal Owner Nelson Spencer Jr., and Dodge City Vice Mayor Michael Burns. The 32-foot-high fine art sculpture was built in 1980 and stood tall on the south lawn of the High Plains Journal (HPJ) headquarters for more than 40 years. It was donated to the city in honor of HPJ’s legacy in Dodge City and the contributions of its past, present, and future employees. The sculpture was relocated in late July to downtown Dodge City, in the median strip that divides Wyatt Earp Blvd., where it will welcome travelers to downtown.

“This is another great piece of public art that highlights the creativity of our community,” said Melissa McCoy, assistant city manager/public affairs for the City of Dodge City. “We are grateful that the wonderful folks at the High Plains Journal have generously donated this amazing sculpture.”

The Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the sculpture. A storyboard located on the west side of the 1139 Steam Engine that details the creation of the sculpture and the history of the High Plains Journal and features a photo of the sculpture after its original installation (1982) and a photo of the past publishers of the HPJ; Tom Taylor, Joe Berkely, and Duane Ross.

A reception following the ceremony was held in the Boot Hill Museum Mariah Gallery, providing attendees with light refreshments and the opportunity to socialize and meet with the special guests.

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Whisker Roundup Names Dodge City's First Mr. Mustache

By Dodge City CVB on July 26, 2022

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Nearly 100 people packed the Depot Theater on Saturday, July 23, when the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the first Whisker Roundup Mustache Contest. Sponsored by the Rusty Edge Tonsorial Parlor, eight contestants took to the stage to flaunt their pruned, shaped, and waxed mustaches in their bid to claim the crown of Dodge City’s first Mr. Mustache.

“This event has been so much fun to put together,” said Megan Welsh, manager of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our partners at the Depot Theater and Boot Hill Museum, have been amazing to work with. Offering support and expertise to make this event a successful.”

National Day of the Cowboy was also observed during the event. Miss Kitty spoke to the crowd about the meaning behind the day and recited the Code of Conduct for Cowboys & Cowgirls. Attendees were also treated to performances from Miss Kitty and Doc from the Long Branch Variety Show, the Boot Hill Medicine Show, and warm peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

The mustache contest saw contestants answer silly questions and present their mustaches to the crowd and judges. The panel of judges consisted of Shawn Nguyen from the Rusty Edge Tonsorial Parlor, Clinton Contant from Red Beard Coffee, and Lee Griffith from the Boot Hill Distillery. The judges graded each mustache on a scale of one to ten across four categories: size, quality, color, and style/presentation. When the dust had settled, and the scores had been tabulated Loren Ashlock was named the winner and crowned Dodge City’s Mr. Mustache.

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Founder’s Weekend Concludes Successfully

By Dodge City CVB on June 22, 2022

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As part of Dodge City’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, Dodge City hosted Founder’s Weekend, a three-day commemoration honoring our city’s founders, from June 17 through June 19. The event included a concert in Wright Park, a five-mile run, an all-day celebration at the Boot Hill Museum, and the dedication of the Bat Masterson statue at the Home of Stone.

The five-hour concert featured seven bands playing a variety of music, from face-melting surf punk to soulful country. The crowd swelled as the sun went down. By the last performance of the evening, concertgoers filled the area in front of the stage. Some concert attendees lingered in Wright Park long after the concert had concluded.

“This was a great event. Everyone from the musician, the vendors, and attendees had a great night,” said Coral Lopez, Main Street Director, and Dodge City 150th Anniversary Events Chair. “We estimate nearly 400 people attended the concert throughout the evening. The crowd even sold out two of the food trucks.  We couldn’t be happier, and hope bring back this event!”

Saturday’s festivities started with the Whiskey Run, a five-mile run that took runners past some of Dodge City’s most historic sites. The fun continued at the Boot Hill Museum with Hoover Day, an all-day celebration of George Hoover, one of the founders of Dodge City. At least 1,200 people flooded the museum throughout the day to enjoy medicine shows, gunfights, can-can lessons, deputizings, an ice cream social, the chance to meet Buck Taylor, and mini-performances of the Long Branch Variety Show and a concert from the Dodge City Cowboy Band.

The weekend concluded on Sunday, June 19, at the Mueller-Schmidt House/Home of Stone with the unveiling and dedication of the Bat Masterson Statue. In addition to a crowd of over 75 spectators, the statues sculptors, Carson and Charlie Norton and family, Ken Masterson, the great-great nephew of Bat Masterson, and Buck Taylor and his wife Goldie, attended the ceremony.

Upcoming events for the Dodge City 150th anniversary include the first Whisker Roundup on Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. in the Depot Theater, Dodge City Days beginning July 28 and running through August 7, and the return of Ham Bell’s Pioneer Picnic in September in Wright Park. To get involved or for more information about Dodge City’s 150th Anniversary, visit www.dodgecity150.com.

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Dodge City Named Most Charming Small Town in Kansas

By Dodge City CVB on April 6, 2022

ElCapitanDodge City’s unique blend of historic charm and western aesthetic helped Trips to Discover to name the Most Charming Small Town in Kansas. In her article “The Most Charming Small Town in Every State,” Trips to Discover travel writer K.C. Dermody cited the colorful cast of characters, entertaining exhibits, and experiences as reasons that Dodge City tops her list in the state of Kansas.

“We are excited to be ranked the Most Charming Small Town in Kansas by Trips to Discover,” said Megan Welsh, manager of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Living and working here, we know how great our town is. It’s nice to have these sentiments upheld by professional travel writers.”

Trips to Discover, an online travel discovery platform, wants to inspire people to travel more by helping them discover their next travel destination. With more than 22 million annual website visits and more than 100 million video views, Trips to Discover is on its way to becoming the #1 travel discover platform.

The complete The Most Charming Small Town in Every State article can be read online now at https://www.tripstodiscover.com/charming-small-town-every-state/.

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Dodge City CVB Announces Return of Locally Funded Marketing Grants


By Dodge City CVB on March 31, 2022

GrantsThe Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the return of its Marketing Grant. This grant is available to attractions, venues, or event organizers to promote activities in Ford County that will attract visitors who will stay overnight in our community. Grant funds are released in advance of the project's completion date but require proof of completion and a results report. The grant can cover up to 80% of the project’s marketing cost, with a maximum award of $1,000 per project. $5,000 will be available to be awarded this round. The grant deadline is April 30, 2022.

The CVB marketing grant was created in February 2014, to work in tandem with the other locally offered grants through Festivals, Mariah Fund, and Why Not Dodge Organizational Funding. "Over the past five years, the CVB has awarded over $91,000.00 in grants," said Megan Welsh, manager of the Dodge City CVB. "Using industry-standard calculations, we estimate the economic impact of those aided by these grants to be over 65 million dollars." Past grant recipients include Boot Hill Museum, Ford County Fair, Dodge City Community College, Winter Expo, Dodge City Days, Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, Dodge City Roundup, Central Station, HorseThief the Festival, Ford County Historical Society, and many others.

The mission of the Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote attractions and venues in Dodge City and the surrounding area increasing tourism and bringing convention and travel business to Dodge City. As part of that mission, the CVB aids attractions and event organizers in their marketing efforts to reach prospective visitors and bring overnight travelers to Dodge City. These grant funds have been used effectively to increase awareness and attendance at events and attractions.

A copy of the grant application can be accessed, completed, and submitted online at www.visitdodgecity.org under the "Media & More" tab. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2022. For more information concerning the grant, contact Megan Welsh, Manager of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau at (620) 225-8191.

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Dodge City CVB Announces Rooster Roundup Winner

By Dodge City CVB on March 3, 2022

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The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) hosts two annual pheasant hunting contests. The Bounty Bird, exclusive to Ford County, and the Rooster Roundup in conjunction with seven surrounding counties. Both concluded on January 31. This year’s pheasant season drew hunters from all over the country, with the lucky winner of the Rooster Roundup and the grand prize of $500 in Chamber Bucks being Rex Starnes of Utica, KY.

But Rex wasn’t the only winner. Upon registration, every participant received a Rooster Roundup hat and a $20 Free Play Chip courtesy of the Boot Hill Casino & Resort or another hunting-related prize if under the age of 21. Bounty Bird participants also received a community gift valued at $25 or more.

“These contests present a great opportunity to engage with a population of our traveling public that we don’t usually see,” said Megan Welsh, manager of the CVB, “They give hunters a reason to come into the Visitor Information Center and a chance for us to get them excited about all the wonderful things our city has to offer.”

The Rooster Roundup annually releases 400 birds across seven counties and is facilitated by the Wild West Country tourism coalition that represents the 22 counties in the southwest region of Kansas and is made possible through grants from the Mariah Fund and the support of local sponsors.

This year’s sponsors include: Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Boot Hill Distillery, Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City Brewing, Dodge City Roundup, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, I Don’t Care Family Restaurant & Sports Bar, Longs, Long Branch Lagoon, Mariah Hills Golf Course, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and United Wireless Arena.

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Dodge City Honored as Top True Western Town by True West Magazine

By Dodge City CVB on February 11, 2022

TopTrueWest-01Dodge City is indelibly linked with the American west. Some of the greatest heroes and scoundrels in history walked and prowled the streets of what would be known as Queen of the Cowtowns. That remarkable history has been kept alive, giving visitors a glimpse of what life was really like in the West. That is one of the reasons Dodge City is honored as #8 among True West Magazine’s 2022 Top Western Towns.

“Our industry partners do a great job engaging and connecting visitors with our history,” said Megan Welsh, manager of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “They are a major part of why Dodge City has been recognized by True West as a Top 10 True Western Town 13 times in the last 15 years.”

The criteria used by the editors of True West Magazine in making their selection of honorees include preservation of its history through old buildings, museums, and other institutions, events, and promotion of historic resources.

“There is no more hallowed name in Old West annals than Dodge City,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “It’s been made even more famous by Gunsmoke, but visitors get a chance to see the real thing. There’s no question: Dodge City is a Top True Western Town.”

Dodge City and other honorees will be featured in the February/March 2022 issue of True West available on February 15, 2022. This issue marks the 17th year True West has presented this annual award.

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Dodge City CVB Gives Back to Travelers Planning for Brighter Days

NPVDBy Dodge City CVB on January 22, 2022

As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on Jan. 25, the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be drawing a random winner to receive a night’s stay for two in Dodge City. The stay will include accommodations, Marshal Passes to the Boot Hill Museum, other attraction tickets, and Dodge City welcome basket.

National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), powered by the U.S. Travel Association, encourages Americans to prioritize planning their vacations at the start of the year. A study from Destination Analysts reveals that Americans who take the time to plan their vacations are more likely to use their paid time off. After nearly two years of pandemic stress and fatigue, NPVD gives Americans a reason to look ahead to brighter days and plan weekend getaways or vacations over the coming months.

“We are lucky to have such great industry partners like the Hampton Inn and Suites and the Boot Hill Museum. Their generosity and willingness to donate their resources allows us to engage with travelers in new and fun ways,” said Megan Welsh, manager of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Vacations are a great way to recharge and reconnect with family, and we are happy to do anything we can to make that process easier.”

Keeping in theme with National Plan for Vacation Day the pool of possible winners will be drawn from individuals who have contacted the Convention and Visitors Bureau since Jan. 1, 2022, to request travel information for the upcoming year. The CVB will be joining thousands of other organizations across the country to celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day and encourage Americans to take the much-needed time off they deserve. To plan your next getaway go to www.visitdodgecity.org or to learn more about National Plan for Vacation Day visit https://www.ustravel.org/events/national-plan-vacation-day.

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Year-Long Celebration Planned for City's 150th Anniversary

By Dodge City CVB on January 6, 2022

SilhouetteThe Dodge City 150th Anniversary Committee announces plans for a year-long celebration of the “wickedest little town in the west.” The committee, comprised of city employees, members of civic and historical organizations, and private business owners, has been developing a series of events to celebrate the city’s rich history and the cultural significance it played in shaping the west. The anniversary will also celebrate the community’s cultural diversity and how it has empowered and bolstered the city. A kickoff event is planned for Jan. 28 at the Boot Hill Museum, beginning at 4 p.m.

“There were many milestones that impacted the founding of Dodge City,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “Numerous historical events allowed the city to maintain its relevance long after the cattle drives and, our diverse community helped keep us strong. So, to us, it makes the most sense to celebrate this anniversary as long as we can.”

As new events are solidified, details will be available on the anniversary’s social media pages (DodgeCity150) and a dedicated website, made possible through a partnership with the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce. One new event that has already been confirmed is Founder’s Weekend, set to take place from June 17 through June 19, and will celebrate George Hoover and the establishment of the first business, as well as the city’s rough and rowdy early years. Also being planned is the return of Ham Bell’s Pioneer Picnic.

“America’s favorite icon, the cowboy, has securely cemented Dodge City’s place in wild-west history,” Dodge City Mayor Kent Smoll said. “Having been the home of some of the greatest heroes and villains, both real and imagined, of the wild west, people travel from all over the world to experience our city’s western charm. The 150th anniversary represents the chance for us to showcase not only the best of our past but celebrate the community that makes us great in the present.”