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July 21, 2013

SummerFest a family affair

DUNCAN — It was hard to tell who was having more fun at SummerFest in Duncan on Saturday — 5-year-old Teague Parsley of Sterling actually riding a pony or his grandfather, Richard Giblet, just watching.

“I came all the way down here to spoil my grandchild,” said Giblet, who lives in Cordell in far western Oklahoma.

The annual event at Fuqua Park, held Friday and Saturday, drew 67 vendors as well as visitors from several states, said Chris Deal, president of the Duncan Chamber and Commerce and Industry.

The chamber promotes SummerFest each year as a “signature event” for Duncan, drawing a variety of professional vendors to the park. SummerFest is held in conjunction with the “World’s Largest Garage Sale.”

At Fuqua Park, vendors offered a little bit of everything, from belts and necklaces to tools and Tonka trucks to temporary tattoos and face painting.

Alicia and Jimmy Morgan of Chickasha were pitching their A&J Salsa in various heat levels, peppers and spices they promised would “deliver to your taste.”

Alicia Morgan said they make the salsa in batches using anywhere from 200 to 2,800 pounds of tomatoes at a time, and have been selling it at SummerFest for the past few years.

“We’re just country folks and Duncan has been good to us,” she said.

On Friday, with the sun still shining bright and the day still steaming, Tonjla Dean of Duncan took a break from the snow cone stand she was running to catch some shade under her lawn chair and attached canopy.

She said she set up the vending trailer — which she also has taken to events in Stillwater and Chickasha this year — on Thursday night when it was a little cooler. But the hotter it is, she said, the better.

“I sell more snow cones that way,” she said with a smile.

The cones came in more than 50 flavors, including the cocktail varieties — minus the alcohol, of course. You could have pink champagne, pina colada, mai tai and fuzzy navel, among others.

On Friday night, about 150 people took in a free concert by country band Shady 5 Eighty, whose members are from the 580 area code in southern Oklahoma.   

On Saturday, several members of the Drama Club from Duncan High School were on hand to pitch their activities and other clubs such as speech and debate.

“This gets the kids out in the public and promotes the kids,” said Shep Pamplin, their drama coach.

The chamber estimates the economic impact of SummerFest at about $200,000.

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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