Dodge City Parade of Lights and Chili Cook-Off return after COVID-19 canceled event last year

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DODGE CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Dodge City Parade of Lights and Chili Cook-Off is set to return Monday, November 29th, 2021.

The Parade of Lights and Chili Cook-off were canceled last year due to concerns with COVID damaging the festive cheer the event should bring, but organizers say that this year the event will be in full swing for the foreseeable future.

The event will start with the Chili Cook-off at 3:30 p.m. in the Boot Hill Museum and will have public sampling at 4 p.m. After that, the Mayor of Dodge City will begin the tree lighting ceremony and the Parade of Lights will begin at 6 p.m. and light up the streets of Dodge City.

Many residents from and around Dodge City were disappointed to not have the event last year, but everyone involved is excited to be able to bring this annual tradition back to form for 2021.

Kyndell Penick, an event organizer from Victory Electric, stated “With COVID last year it was just really hard, we tried to do a different route but it didn’t work out so we had to forgo it for the year but we have all intentions of bringing it back and continue to do so for the future.”

“We’re still looking for parade entries, we’re trying to get as many businesses in the community involved, get this thing going. We want to have a good event for the kids and have everyone come out and enjoy some good chili. We always have a lot of people involved in that so come out try and win a prize and have a good time.”

For more information or to sign up for the Parade of Lights or Chili ook-Off visit Parade of Lights & Chili Cook Off | Dodge City CVB, KS (

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