The Duncan Banner

Features

August 6, 2013

Foster named ‘living legend’ at Velma bash

VELMA — Charles Foster has been breaking and riding horses around these parts in southwestern Oklahoma for years.

 Ask around and you’ll find that cowboys young and old look up to him, and not just because he’s on a horse.

 “He has been a role model to all the cowboys in the area,” said Shannon Williams, whose voice boomed over the loudspeakers Saturday at the Old Settlers’ 123rd Annual Picnic in Velma. “All of the youngsters still gather at his place sometimes.

 “He just wants to see the cowboy heritage preserved and we sure think a lot of him.”

 Shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, with scores of folks lining the edges of the rodeo arena in Velma, Foster was presented with a towering trophy naming him a Living Legend, the highest honor given each year at the four-day bash.

 It was Foster’s 48th year to compete at the event and the crowd greeted him with roars of applause. It got even louder when Foster’s wife, Darlene, was driven out on an ATV to join him in the arena.

 It was easy to tell that none of it went to Foster’s head.

 “I’ll tell you what, I’m just mighty thankful for all my friends,” Foster, still on horseback, said after riding out of the arena into some shade.

 Foster first competed at the Velma event in 1965 at age 14, a few years before he graduated from Velma-Alma High School. He and a friend were quite good at ropin’ and ridin’ that day.

 “We were just kids but we actually won a little money,” Foster said with a laugh. “It was enough to really enjoy the rest of the picnic.”

 Foster was born and raised in the Velma area and spent many of his initial years as a cowboy working for Lloyd Ely, who was among those who joined him Saturday for the award presentation.

 Foster’s daughter, Sandy, also was there, as was Rocky Allred, who Foster said was as dear to him as a son.

 “It makes you feel good sitting in this place, folks thinking a lot of you,” Foster said.

 Williams said the crowds during the four-day picnic were great and that was certainly true Saturday. Cars and pickup trucks – mostly trucks – packed the outside of the park and rodeo arena and were lined up on a few streets for blocks.

 The cowboy events kicked off Wednesday night with the Cowan Ranch winning the Ranch Rodeo. There were 368 rodeo entries during the four days, an all-time high for the picnic.

 There was a dance every night and a carnival midway was up and running each night. There was plenty to eat, of course, with watermelon an obvious hit.

 Skies were bright and the sun had only started to do its thing early Saturday afternoon but nobody seemed to mind.

 “The heat doesn’t keep anyone away, they’re used to it,” Williams said. “They’re going to be here whether it rains or shines, really.”

 

 

1
Text Only
Features
  • 4-15 Christians Concerned Baskets 9796.jpg Christians Concerned to distribute Easter baskets

    The days leading to Easter will be a bit more special for families using Christians Concerned.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-13 NeuteringVan.JPG It's not just any old van

    Dr. Shaunda Collinsworth lay the black lab named Lucy onto the operating table.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Snakes alive! Waurika ready for annual rattlesnake fest

    WAURIKA — As they slither across the terrain, the rattlesnakes of western Jefferson County have no idea of the benefits they’re providing the humans they are trying to avoid.

    April 10, 2014

  • Smart Start2.jpg Smart Start gives Head Start gift of books

    To give children an edge, a headstart, Stephens County Smart Start used grant funds it received from Cotton Electric to purchase books for area Delta Head Start children.
    In fact, Smart Start received $750 to purchase books to supply all pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children with books. On Friday, Delta Head Start children at Irving Pre-Kindergarten were given two books through the grant program.

    January 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • First baby.JPG New Year’s First Baby at DRH is a Boy!

    On January 1, at 5:08 am, the new year’s first baby at Duncan Regional Hospital came into the world. A beautiful baby boy, Cooper Grady, was born to Pete and Amanda Cisneros of Duncan. Baby and mom were presented a gift basket from the DRH Auxiliary Gift Shop for being the first baby born.

    January 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1-5 Top 10 5.jpg 2013 featured ups and downs for Stephens County

    For the Duncan and Stephens County area, 2012 was a year of progress and community deconstruction.
    This year’s top story even managed to draw national attention, bringing news media from Australia. Chris Lane, 22, an Australian native, was shot and killed Aug. 16, while he was out for a run near Country Club Road and Twilight Beach.
    In the days following, three teenage Duncan boys were arrested for Lane’s murder. Initially, Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 16, were charged as adults, facing first-degree murder, and a third teen Michael Dewayne Jones was charged as a youthful offender to accessory to murder. In November, Jones, 17, was recharged as an adult facing first-degree murder.

    January 5, 2014 5 Photos

  • Christmas Joy.jpg The joy of waking up to Christmas

    Leeland Gearhart sits amidst recently opened packages celebrating Christmas while still in his pajamas.

    December 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Christmas Lights5.jpg Houses dressed in holiday style

    Beautiful lights adorn many houses all over Stephens County as families celebrate Christmas this holiday season.

    December 24, 2013 2 Photos

  • Reception honors Hospice patients Reception honors Hospice patients

    More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
    Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.

    December 11, 2013 1 Photo

  • Snow6 0208 Winter weather continues

    Temperatures dropped to 10 degrees. Freezing rain and snow fell, covering roads and yards. Through all of it, one thing was certain: Winter weather had come to Duncan.
    In fact, about 0.23 inches of precipitation fell between 10:30 a.m. Thursday and about 9 a.m. Friday. By Friday afternoon, snow drifts ranged from about 2 inches up to 4 inches. And high temperatures leveled out at 25 degrees.

    December 8, 2013 4 Photos