The Garden City Moose Won First Place in the Amateur Category

The Chili Cook Off Announces the Winners

Winners of the 2016 Chili Cook Off:


First Place – Grindstone Smokehouse
Second Place – Jon’s Goodtime Bar & Grill
Third Place – Leons Family Restaurant
Peoples Choice -Grindstone Smokehouse
Table Theme -Jon’s Goodtime Bar & Grill


First Place – GC Moose
Second Place – GC Goodfellows
Third Place – GC Over Thirty Hockey
Peoples Choice – GC Kiwanis
Table Theme – Drunken Trio

A huge thank you to everyone! This event can’t be successful without our sponsors, volunteers, chili cookers, vendors, judges, and all of the great people who choose to come out and support it! Our super Police and Fire Departments were on hand all day to insure our safety and even cooked some chili! We sincerely hope you all had an awesome day and plan on coming back next year. Mark your calendars – second Saturday in October!


Garden City Harvest Market

The Harvest Market runs every Friday until October 28 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Come out and enjoy cake and square dancing this Friday for Willy’s 5th Birthday!! Garden City Garden Club will be having their annual perennial sale too!

Check out all of the photos from earlier Harvest Markets


Despite Move, September 2016 Lucky Squirrel a Success

Because of unfortunate weather predicted for Saturday, the Lucky Squirrel was moved to Sunday, September 18. Moving the event did nothing to dim the enthusiasm of the bargain seekers or the bargain sellers.  And the competitors still were able to consume as much chicken shwarma as possible.

See all of the photos | Photos by Katherine G. Palmer





2016 Chili Cook Photos

2016 Chili Cook Off Car Show Photos
Photos by Palmerworks


Upcoming Events

October 27 Spooktacular Trunk or Treat
56th Annual Santaland Parade, November 26
Second Annual Holiday Craft & Business Expo, November 26
November 28 Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting

What We Do

The mission of the Garden City Downtown Development Authority is to enhance the quality of life for Garden City residents through revitalization of the downtown district.

The DDA’s operating philosophy is built upon the principle that strengthening a core area benefits the entire community, improving property values not only in the core district, but throughout the community.

This is done by promoting economic growth, encouraging expansion of commercial enterprises in the downtown district, and by eliminating the causes of deterioration.

We also work with business leaders and community organizations to sponsor events in the downtown district such as the annual Chili Cookoff, Lucky Squirrel Festival, Willie the Pig Road Rally, and the Santaland Parade.

These events help draw city residents downtown and foster a sense of community.