Wherever there's a Dodge City Days event, you're sure to find Elaine Downey's "goodie wagon" nearby.

    Downey has sold funnel cakes, Frito pies and other foods out of her "goodie wagon" at Dodge City Days events each year for at least 15 years. She said between running the concession stand and operating the Wyatt Earp Liquor Store, she doesn't get to enjoy many events.


Wherever there's a Dodge City Days event, you're sure to find Elaine Downey's "goodie wagon" nearby.
    Downey has sold funnel cakes, Frito pies and other foods out of her "goodie wagon" at Dodge City Days events each year for at least 15 years. She said between running the concession stand and operating the Wyatt Earp Liquor Store, she doesn't get to enjoy many events.
    "I don't know as I've ever gone to all of them," she said. "This keeps me pretty busy."
    Downey set up her wagon Tuesday night on the north side of the Civic Center, hoping to draw some customers as people waited for Family Hamburger Night/Media Night and Summer Sing to begin.
    Employee Nikki Hixon said that she has worked for Downey every summer for the past three years, manning the wagon and serving customers.
    "It's exciting to get to meet new people and make funnel cakes — the best thing to eat in Dodge City," she said.
   
Never miss a beat
    Jim Cox never misses Summer Sing if he can help it.
    The Dodge City resident sat on a park bench outside the Civic Center, waiting for the doors to open so he could grab a seat for the Dodge City Days karaoke contest. A Garden City disc jockey nicknamed "Miss Attitude" (she declined to give her real name) sat next to him, watching the crowd line up at the doors.
    "Miss Attitude" said she came to support the contestants, including some friends who were competing in the adult division.
    "One, I think will fare pretty well," she said. "The others, I don't know. It depends on the judges."
    Cox said he enjoys everything about Media Night and Summer Sing: Munching on hamburgers, sitting in Wright Park and people-watching. He said he was disappointed that this year's event was moved from Wright Park to the Civic Center in case of rain.
    "It should be in the park because it's easier for handicapped people to get a seat or a chair," he said.