As part of Dodge City Days this year Boot Hill Casino and Resort, Wild West Country and the United Wireless Arena and Magouirk Conference Center will offer a “Taste of the Wild West.”
This brand-new event will take place Friday, Aug. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the United Wireless Arena and will feature vendors from all over Southwest Kansas.
“We really wanted to show people, both locals and visitors to the area, what Southwest Kansas has to offer,” said Sharon Stroburg, general manager of Boot Hill Casino and Resort.
Each of the 22 counties in Southwest Kansas will have a booth at the event promoting tourism and unique attractions in their area. In addition, many food, arts and crafts, business and other vendors will be on hand to show guests what there is to do and see in the area. Many of the food vendors will offer free samples of their products, or will have products for sale.
Taste of the Wild West was started as a way to show visitors the unique things this area offers. So, hopefully, on their next trip to the area they could better plan what to see and do, and be inspired to stay here for a longer period of time. But, it’s not just for tourists, locals will enjoy the event as well. And possibly learn a thing or two they didn’t know about the area.
“As someone who was born and raised in Cimarron/ Southwest Kansas, I’ve been amazed at the offerings and attractions located in our part of the state. I think people will be surprised to find all the treasures we have to offer,” said Jessica Rabe, director of marketing for Boot Hill Casino and Resort. Rabe has been in charge of planning and organizing this event.
Several vendors from all over Southwest Kansas have already signed up to be part of the event, but room is still available for more vendors to sign up. Food vendors may rent a booth at no cost, all others will have a $50 fee.
“I’d encourage any vendors who might be interested to sign up for this event,” said Stroburg, “it’s a great way for them to get their name out there and get some exposure.”
For more about Taste of the Wild West, or to register a booth, visit www.tasteofthewildwest.com