Garden City Families Flock to First Ever Trunk or Treat

Garden City’s first-ever Trunk or Treat was a roaring success as an estimated 2,000 trick or treaters and their parents thronged to the Towne Center parking lot on Thursday, October 29.

Despite the cold weather and a line that stretched at times to Middlebelt Road, the enthusiastic participants visited every one of the “trunks” and collected their treats.

The event was co-hosted by the Garden City Downtown Development Authority and the Garden City Business Alliance.

“What a night it was,” said GCBA President Kerry Partin. “I think the kids and their parents and the people passing out candy from their trunks, all had fun.”

See all of the photos from the event.


United Needy Family, Chairman Phil Beccaccio
United Needy Family, Chairman Phil Beccacci

Chili Cook Off Nets More Than $13,000 for Local Charities

Representatives from four local charities dropped by the October 26 Garden City Council Meeting and each was awarded a check for $3,325 – profits from this years Chili Cook Off.   Mayor Randy Walker and DDA Director Kim Dold distributed a total of $13, 300 divided equally between the Mayors Committee for Underprivileged Children, United Needy Family, Straight Farmhouse,  and Garden City Goodfellows.

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GC Cafe Threepeats – Football Team Wins for the First Time

Tony Grabanica and his staff at the Garden City Cafe won first place in the Chili Cook Off contest in the Restaurant Category for the third year in a row as the Downtown Development Authority hosted the Eighth Annual Chili Cook Off & Car and Motorcycle Show. Alberts on the Alley and Leon’s Restaurant took second and third place respectively.

The Garden City Football Team took first-place honors in the Amateur category besting 17 other entrants. The Garden City Firefighters came in second with the “Dynamic Duo of Tony & Thom” taking third place.

Alberts on the Alley was judged to have the best table theme for Restaurants, while the Fit Chick Food Company took the honors for the Amateurs.

Alberts on the Alley and Leons were first and second in the Peoples Choice vote, with the GCOTHA and the Firefighters heading up the Amateurs in the same vote.

The DDA and the Garden City Business Alliance paired up to host the Afterburn, which ran from 5pm until 9pm in the beer tent with music provided by Bonnie & the Working Girls.

See the photos from the Chili Cook Off and the Afterburn.


Best of Show Winner
The Best of Show Winner Hot Rod competition was sponsored by Mr. Appliance.

Thanks to the 2015 Chili Cook Off Sponsors

Garden City Cafe – Inkorporate Graphics – Nankin Transit

Alberts on the Alley

Hennessy Engineers, Inc. – Garden City Miniature Golf

Orin Jewelers – Yaldo Eye Center – Big Jim’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning

Mr. Appliance – Certified Home Improvement – Red Holman GMC & Buick

Under Pressure Massage – McKenna Associates – Jeff Dold – Walgreens

D&G Tool Company – Family Heating & Cooling – Gordon Chevrolet

Councilwoman Pam King – Party Animal Travel – Fleming Financial Services – Santeiu Family – Hidden Talents Lawn Care – A to Z Comics – Barson’s Greenhouse – Cricket Wireless – Kiwanis Club of Garden City – Mayor Randy Walker – State Representative Julie Plawecki

This is 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.

Learn More About the DDA