As seen on the Rachel Maddow Show, the Ho Ho Holiday Expo event hosted by the Dodge City Daily Globe nearly doubled its attendance from its first year held in 2017.

The event was held at the Dodge City Civic Center on Saturday and according to Globe advertising manager Lloyd Gum, the event was a success.

"We had 500-plus shoppers," Gum said, "there was a steady group of shoppers all day and we had a 50 percent increase in vendors from the year before."

With the event becoming a major event in Dodge City over the past two years, plans are already being put in place to continue next year.

"We are planning to continue the expo for next year," Gum said. "Many of the vendors said they were pleased with the number of shoppers for such a cold and windy Saturday and wanted the hours to be extended to a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. expo."

This year's holiday expo ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event was a focal point of controversy due to the Civic Center being removed as the location for the 2018 election cycle when county clerk Debbie Cox moved the polling location to the Western State Bank Expo Center.

The move came after William Hammond, with USD 443, owners of the Civic Center, notified the county clerk of potential construction taking place in the parking lot during election day.

Gum said that the Globe was also contacted regarding the potential construction but decided it would not effect the holiday expo.

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