Even though he lives in Ford County, Dave Slater had never attended the Dodge City Days chuckwagon breakfast before.

    A perfect opportunity to try the event arose this year, when Slater's brother, Alan Slater of Cherry Valley, Calif., came to town.


Even though he lives in Ford County, Dave Slater had never attended the Dodge City Days chuckwagon breakfast before.
    A perfect opportunity to try the event arose this year, when Slater's brother, Alan Slater of Cherry Valley, Calif., came to town.
    The two brothers joined the crowd Wednesday morning at Boot Hill Museum, where they dined on scrambled eggs, sausage and biscuits and gravy. After finishing their meal, they stood sipping coffee and chatting.
    "We came out here to check out the sight and have a little breakfast here this morning and see what it was like here in Dodge City," Alan Slater said.
    He said he appreciated the meal and the chance to enjoy it in an Old West setting.

A first time
for everything
    For Sister Angela Erevia, the chuckwagon breakfast was a chance to meet new people and sample Dodge City's hospitality for the first time.
    Erevia joined Father Ted Skalsky on Boot Hill Museum's boardwalk, where they watched the crowd line up for plates filled with scrambled eggs, sausage, and biscuits and gravy.
    Erevia, who moved to Dodge City earlier this month, said she thought the breakfast was a great way to enjoy Dodge City Days.
    "Just to celebrate with the people," she said. "It's a good time to see the unity of the community, and to have a good breakfast."
    For his part, Skalsky said he tries not to miss the annual breakfast — although occasionally other obligations make that impossible.
    He added that he enjoys the chance to mingle with other people.   
    "Just getting a gathering of people and seeing people that I don't get to see, or seeing people in different settings," he said.
   
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