The Duncan Banner
School is out but there is no shortage of activities to get involved in the first month of summer.
A big day for Duncan will be June 22, which is when Founder’s Day festivities happen. The day begins with a 5K run at 8 a.m., then at 10:30 a.m., the Founder’s Day Queen will be crowned at the Antique Market Place and Tea Room.
From 1-4 p.m., the Founder’s Day Home Tour sites will be open for viewing. This year, the homes are John and Pam Colburn, 812 Maple; David and Donna Duwe, 801 Beech; and Jim Edwards, 601 N. 12th. Additionally, the Foreman Prairie House will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also on June 22, will be the 20th annual Water Garden Society of Southern Oklahoma pond tours, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour books will be available at several locations around town. This is a self-guided tour and people can get ideas for their own yards.
For those looking to help raise money for good causes, there are several events that encourage this. Relay For Life of Stephens County is from 6 p.m. June 7 to 6 a.m. June 8 at Halliburton Stadium. Relay teams will have booths selling various goodies to raise funds to help fight cancer and overall, it is an event to honor loved ones who have fought the disease. The Luminary Ceremony is a highlight of the evening.
The 4th annual Celebrity Pancreatic Golf Tournament begins with registration at 9 a.m. June 21 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club. Tee off time is at 11 a.m. The funds raised help with travel expenses for physician visits and to pay for lodging and meals for those caring for loved ones in the hospital.
Duncan Noon Lion’s Club’s 33rd annual Open Rodeo is June 27-29 and funds raised through ticket sales help the club’s many community projects and scholarships. The Gabriel’s House Benefit Dinner and Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. June 27 at the Simmons Center. Auctioned items will include reproductions of art projects created by Gabriel’s House children and art pieces donated by local artists.
In the entertainment spectrum, the Duncan Art Guild’s 6x6 Art Gala starts things off at 6 p.m. June 6. That same evening at 8 p.m. will be the first Chisholm Trail Municipal Band Concert of the season at the gazebo in Fuqua Park. Another one will take place at the same time and location on June 20.
Duncan Little Theatre will present “Red, White and Tuna” June 14-15 and 21-22 at the Simmons Center. This is the third “Tuna” production DLT has done and Michael Harris and Floyd Wininger have proven they can keep the audience in stitches as they portray the numerous characters of fictional Tuna, Texas.
Chisholm Trail Arts Council will hold its annual public meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 17 at the CTAC office, 717 W. Willow, Suite 6. During this meeting, the lineup for the upcoming CTAC Live season will be announced.
Other activities include the Everything Bazaar June 15 at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center and the Red River Rocketeers Rocket Launch at noon June 29 at Cape Greenwood.
To keep the children busy, the Duncan Public Library has begun its summer reading programs and have something to do almost daily. Numerous local churches also have summer programs, vacation Bible schools and camps. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center has a large selection of programs and activities as well.
This is not a complete round-up of events for Duncan and area communities. If you have something planned for your group, call our newsroom at 580-255-5354; or email your information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon verification, we will publish it. Be sure to include your name and a phone number so we can call to verify.