The Duncan Banner
July may be one of the hottest months of the year, both in temperature and activity around Stephens County.
There are several events to take part in throughout the month, especially for children and families. A couple of those revolve around Independence Day when the Fourth of July happens Thursday.
Both Marlow and Comanche are hosting day-long festivities. Marlow’s begins at 9:15 a.m. with a parade down Main St., which kicks off all the events planned during the day in Redbud Park including games, live entertainment and rides.
Comanche’s fun begins early at 9 a.m. with a baseball tournament at the Field of Dreams, a concession stand and by that evening around 6 p.m., a few vendors will be set up under the shade trees near the field. Both cities will have large fireworks shows once the sun goes down.
In Duncan on Thursday, the Chisholm Trail Municipal Band will hold its final concert of the season at 8 p.m. in the gazebo in Fuqua Park.
For children and teens, between several entities in the county, they won’t be able to keep still from all they have the ability to get involved in.
At the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center alone, there is a camp or workshop almost every week.
Kicking their month off is Hello! It’s Me! Charcoal Portraits summer camp 9:30 a.m.-noon for grades 5-8 and 1:30-4 for grades 9 to adults July 8-12. Introduction to Visual Arts Media is next from 6-9 p.m. July 15-19 for ages 12 and up. Also that week at CTHC is Crocheting summer camp from 2-4 p.m. for ages 8 and up.
For the week of July 22-26, CTHC will host Sculpture summer camp 9 a.m.- noon for ages 9-15 and Found Items Jewelry summer camp 1-4 p.m. for all ages. An extremely popular CTHC camp each year is the Video and Filmmaker Camp, which is 9 a.m.-noon for grades 5-8 and 1-4 p.m. for grades 9-12 July 29-Aug. 2.
For the entire family, the center’s annual National Day of the Cowboy is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27, where there will be cowboy singers, poets, games and family activities.
For questions, contact Leah Mulkey at 580-252-6692.
Duncan Public Library has also packed its schedule for tons of fun for children and teens. Lego Land will be available 2-4 p.m. July 9.
OHCE will sponsor another Yummy Storytime for ages 3-6 from 11-11:45 a.m. July 11. A second Fancy Nancy Tea Party will be available from 2-3 p.m. July 12 for ages 3-8 and registration opens at 9:30 a.m. July 8 for it.
Dinosaurs: LIVE will return 2-4 p.m. July 15 for ages 7-11 and how to make page corner bookmarks will be from 2-3 p.m. July 15 for all ages. Also for everyone will be the exciting Extreme Animals from 11-11:45 a.m. July 18, where there will be a chance to see and possibly interact with animals not seen everyday.
For information, contact the library at 580-255-0636.
Arts Explosion is hosted by the Chisholm Trail Arts Council from 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. July 15-19 at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center for students who have completed grades 3-5. There is a limited number of positions in the camp. Call Darcy Reeves at 580-252-4160.
Only 20 spots are available for Aspire Higher: Young Doctors of Duncan from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 29-Aug.2 for grades 3-5. Students will engage in international inquiry using classical practices to discover how people in Duncan receive and practice health care through optometry.
Deadline to register is July 15. Contact Jo Ann Pierce at 580-255-8430.
Another family event is the 28th annual Largest Garage Sale and SummerFest from July 19-20 in Fuqua Park, as well as various homes around Duncan. SummerFest is a kind of cultural celebration and you may find a lost treasure at a garage sale.
From 6-10 p.m. July 19, is the first Duncan Main Street Car Cruise Night, where you can tailgate, participate in a scavenger hunt or just cruise for a fee that goes to pay for barricades during Main Street’s annual car show.
For information, call 580-252-8696.
Watch a ranch rodeo, ride carnival rides, dance to live music and more at the Old Settlers 123rd annual picnic July 31-Aug. 3 in Velma. Visit www.velmapicnic.com for more information.
More rodeo action can be seen at the Red River Production Bull Riding July 19-20 at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center. Also at the fairgrounds this month is the Red Dirt Ride Oklahoma Equestrian Drill Association July 26-28.
If bike riding is your thing, the annual Dehydrator Bicycle Ride begins at 7 a.m. July 27 at the Simmons Center. Contact Kent Collins at 580-439-4827.
The Red River Rocketeers will have its monthly rocket launch at noon July 27 at Cape Greenwood.