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Saturday’s Great Bend Cookie contest sure to be festively sweet

Know how to curb a sweet tooth along with getting your holiday shopping fix? Head to Great Bend this Saturday to shop local retail stores and support Small Business Saturday. That’s where you’ll be able to participate in the 11th annual Great Bend Cookie Contest, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Great Bend Cookie Contest allows people to sample cookies from 24 participating business locations, and vote for the best cookies in town.

A donation of $5 is suggested for all participating judges. The collected proceeds go to the Food Bank of Barton County to help feed those in need during the holiday season and beyond. 

To be a judge for the cookie contest and vote for your favorite cookies, stop by Cookie Headquarters at Rosewood Furniture Gallery, 16th and Main in downtown Great Bend, to pick up a cookie box and voting bracelet. All votes to be counted must be returned to Cookie Headquarters by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Besides getting to tame their sweet tooth and having a say in retail cookie bragging rights, Cookie Contest judges have a chance to win prizes during drawings that will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, following the “Home For The Holidays Parade” in downtown Great Bend. Drawing winners must be present at the band shell of Jack Kilby Square in order to win prizes. Following prize drawings, the winner of the Great Bend Cookie Contest will be announced.

Businesses participating in this year’s Great Bend Cookie Contest are Rosewood Furniture Gallery (Cookie Headquarters), 10th Avenue Boutique, A440 Musical Instruments, Beautiful Beginnings Boutique, Bling, Buckle, Dilly & Doc Creative Studio, Euphoria Dance Centre, Forever Young (Kids Resale), Great Bend Coffee, Heart of Kansas/Ms. Pretty Pickles, Kustom Floor Designs, Office Products Inc., Mr. Olsen’s Natural Solutions, Rana Luna Boutique, Renue Salon and Spa, RePerks Coffee Shop, River of Life Church, Rosewood Bargain Barn, Rosewood Wine Cellar, Sears Hometown Store, Sweet Dreams Candy Shop, That Hipster Place, and The Wright Place Downtown Flea Market.