The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas concert closed out the year of shows at United Wireless Arena on Thursday.
This year's lineup saw a very diverse cast of acts spread throughout the year.
"We had a little bit of everything," UWA executive director Chris Ragland said. "We had a diverse group of shows and it was a pretty successful year."
Along with the Oak Ridge Boys, Dodge City was home to Jeff Dunham, Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, Casting Crowns, PJ Masks, Intocable, Estrellas De Mariachi, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, America and the Skillet/For King+Country double show in 2018.
Ragland also said the Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center had a successful run.
"We had close to 400 events which is close to our average," Ragland said. "There were 70,000 people that attended conferences which looking at it brought in a $7 million economic impact to the community.
"Without the conference center, we would pull in about two percent of that in town, so it is a very successful venue to have.
"I commend the foresight of the city and county to bring that to Dodge City."
The arena also held the Dodge City Days Concert featuring Justin Moore and it plans to continue to be the host venue next year.
"We are in negotiations with the act we want to bring in next year so hopefully that will happen soon," Ragland said. "Justin Moore did very well here. It was a great turnout. If you want to have a big party, this is the type of environment to be in."
Now that the year is closing, Ragland is already looking to the future.
On Feb. 11, 2019, the arena will welcome back the Harlem Globetrotters and on Feb. 12, 2019, Gary Allan will be performing.
"January we host two basketball tournaments with the Tournament of Champions and SPIAA," Ragland said, "so January is mostly filled.
"We have the two shows in February and in March we have the KHSHAA state tournament and Mennonite Conference, so we are looking to fill April, May and June right now."
With the success of the diverse shows, this year, Ragland looks to bring the same.
"We want country, we want rock music, family events, Hispanic events and comedy is always big for us," he said. "We hope to announce a new show soon so things have been great here and we will continue that moving forward."
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