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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Christmas Parade of Lights and Chili Contest to be held

  • The 12th annual Christmas Parade of Lights and Chili Contest will be held Monday, Dec. 2 in Dodge City. The event will kick off with a chili judging at 4:30 p.m., followed by chili sampling at 5:30 p.m. and a parade at 6 p.m.The event is sponsored by three organizations including Victory Electric, the Dodge City Daily...
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  • The 12th annual Christmas Parade of Lights and Chili Contest will be held Monday, Dec. 2 in Dodge City. The event will kick off with a chili judging at 4:30 p.m., followed by chili sampling at 5:30 p.m. and a parade at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by three organizations including Victory Electric, the Dodge City Daily Globe and Western Beverage. The chili event will take place at the boardwalk of the Boot Hill Museum complex. The parade will start at the Ford County Fairgrounds and pass through Wright Park, go north on 2nd Street to Wyatt Earp, head north on 5th Street, east on Front Street, north on 3rd Street and west on Spruce Street. “It's a way to bring the people of Dodge City and the surrounding areas together and start to celebrate the holiday season,” Communications Specialist for Victory Electric Jerri Imgarten said. Imgarten said the event normally sees around 800 participants. For the second year, Waters True Value has donated a tent with inside heaters. Main Street Dodge City will be providing a Santa. The mayor will also officially light the Christmas tree at the event. Whereas in previous years chili judges were comprised of community residents, this year four professional barbeque judges will attend the event. Any person or business may participate in the chili contest. Organizations that have done well in the past include Arrowhead West and United Wireless Arena. An eclectic selection of chili is usually available, including chicken chili and even a pineapple chili. Each year Leon Felt brings his own all beef chili, which he prepares over a camp fire. “It's something I like to do,” Felt said. “It's good for the community and I'm a good cook and I like to participate in things like that.” To sign up for the parade or chili contest, complete and return a registration form by Friday, Nov. 22. Those interested may also contact Rebecca Gerber at the Dodge City Daily Globe at (620) 225 - 4151 or Micaela Morales at Victory Electric at (620) 371 - 7744.
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