By Rebeka Rutledge
The Duncan Banner
As summer creeps ever closer, Stephens County has plenty of activities to offer the community in May.
There will be quite a bit of activity out at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center show barns this month, starting with the 24th annual Chisholm Trail Stampede PRCA Rodeo on Friday and Saturday. This event qualifies its participants to participate in the Prairie Circuit finals.
Those who attend will also see the crowning of the 2013 Chisholm Trail Rodeo Queen. Rodeo events begin at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Next in the arena will be the Corporation Club Lamb Sale on May 19, followed by the Peruvian Horse Show May 25-26. The Southwest District 4-H Horse Show will take place May 30 through June 1. This is a regional horse show for all disciplines including pleasure, classes and trail.
Other buildings at the Stephens County Fair & Expo will be seeing a lot of action this month as well. Duncan Crafts, Arts and Hobbies Association Spring Craft Show is this Friday and Saturday. Mother’s Day is May 12 and there is sure to be plenty of homemade items to surprise your mom with from the show.
The annual GOP Fish Fry will take place at 6 p.m. May 18 at the fairgrounds, hosted by the Stephens County Republican Party. The fundraiser usually draws a crowd of about 800 and serves up some 150 pounds of catfish.
Finally, there will be the Fishing and Tackle Show May 31-June 1, which is a World Association Tackle Collectors Show. Times are 12-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
This event coordinates with the 14th annual Carp Tournament, which begins at 5 p.m. May 31 and goes until 2 p.m. June 1 at Duncan Lake. Prizes are awarded for most fish and largest fish.
Another exciting event is the Chamber Bid Bash, held by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. May 31 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club. This is an evening of fun, food and festivities that features dinner and auctions.
The 2nd annual Duncan Dulcimer Club/Duncan Senior Citizens potluck luncheon and Jam Session will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 19 at Fuqua Park.
Red River Rocketeers will have its monthly rocket launch at noon May 18 at Cape Greenwood.
Besides Mother’s Day, May also has a few other national days of recognition, such as National Day of Prayer on Thursday and National Nurses Day on May 6. For the National Day of Prayer, the Duncan Christian Men’s Bible Group is hosting a program from noon to 12:50 Thursday in the Simmons Center Chisholm Trail Hall III.
May is also graduation month for all area high schools. Bray-Doyle is the first to hold commencement at 8 p.m. May 10. Graduations on May 17 begin with Central High at 6 p.m., followed by Marlow, Empire and Comanche, all beginning at 7 p.m.
Velma’s graduation is at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23 and Duncan’s is at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24.
By Rebeka Rutledge
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Duncan area Realtors honored at luncheon
Duncan Association of Realtors celebrated those who have made 2013 Christmas Luncheon, including a father and son duo.
Grant Perkins had the pleasure of passing the presidential gavel to his father Keith Perkins this year. Both men also received prestigious awards during the annual event Wednesday afternoon at First Christian Church.
Grant was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year. A Duncan native, Grant is the third generation of Perkins to work for Perkins Insurance and Realty.
Velma’s holiday activities rescheduled
When a winter storm blew in last week it caused several area events to be canceled and rescheduled, including Velma’s Christmas Parade.
After City of Velma officials met Tuesday, they decided to reschedule most of the town’s holiday activities. The Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 on Main Street, with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. at the east of town near the E&S Feed Store.
DMS to establish sixth-grade athletics program
In an effort to instill more school spirit in its sixth-graders, Duncan Middle School is working to establish a sixth-grade athletics program.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Duncan Board of Education, Rodney Calhoun, Duncan Public Schools assistant superintendent, talked to board members about the program and the goals associated with sixth-grade athletics. Calhoun said the biggest expense schools accrue while establishing a sixth-grade program is the cost of equipment. He said the Duncan Middle School has plenty of excess equipment to be used for the sixth-grade program.
“Last week, Ponca City launched a sixth-grade program,” Calhoun said. “They spent $200,000 on equipment.”
Deadline Friday for Santa letters
The deadline for getting letters in Santa’s Mailbox, a partnership between the Jolly ‘ol Man and The Duncan Banner, is 5 p.m. Friday.
Saturday to offer plenty of holiday celebrations
If you are still recovering from cabin fever, Saturday is the perfect cure with several events to keep your family busy all day long.
Starting the day off right is Boy Scout Troop 4434’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Freshly made pancakes, bacon, sausage and refreshments are all part of what a ticket will get you at this tasty event.
City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
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.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
Schools return to session
Area students will be returning to classes this morning, following Tuesday’s roadway thaw.
Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, Empire, Velma-Alma, Central High and Bray-Doyle school districts will return to school, following several days without class because of inclement weather.
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