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June 14, 2014

Dodge City Festival today

DODGE CITY — The town of Dodge City just celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Young compared to century-old Cullman and surrounding towns, Dodge City has proved robust in its growth since its founding in 1993. Partly to celebrate this growth, but mostly just for fun, the Dodge City Days Festival will be held today, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The free event will feature a car show, live bands, and a number of vendors and food carts along Highway 69 in Dodge City, from Jack’s restaurant to LifeChurch.

The car show will include hot rods, rat rods, side-by-side racers, and Jeeps. It will conclude at 2 p.m., and will be followed by a cruise-in at Jack’s starting at

5 p.m.

This year is the first to be an all-day event, Dodge City Merchant’s Association co-founder Scott Edmonson said.

“We are hoping to do the car show all day, the bands all day, and the cooling station all day,” Edmonson said. He added that the event would be using a central location in the heart of the town, rather than being spread out as in past years.

Bands will begin performing at 10:30 a.m., and will include Downsouth, The Heaton Brothers, Tiffini Kinney, and the Cold Springs High School FFA String Band, all of which will play at Lakeside Pharmacy.

The Trammell Family gospel band will be performing as well, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Dodge City Browser, playing until 1 p.m.

While admission is free, over 30 vendors will be selling food at local business sites. There will also be a cooling station outside Lakeside Pharmacy with a sundae bar.

There will be a free BBQ lunch for seniors, Dodge City Mayor Tawana Canada said, along with a baking contest, dominoes, and crafts.

Children’s events include inflatables, drinks and ice cream stations, all of which are “free of charge” for kids, Canada said.

Parking will be available at the Dodge City Petro and the Iron Skillet.

Some businesses will be offering door prizes, and the Angel Tree Christmas charity will be accepting donations for the car show at Jack’s, 100% of which will go to the Angel Tree organization.

“We’ve been telling everybody to bring their lawn chairs, their flip-flops and their sunglasses and come tailgate with us and all the other businesses,” Edmonson said.

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