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July 15, 2013

Garage sales, SummerFest fun only days away

DUNCAN — There will be buying and selling throughout Duncan this weekend as SummerFest and the World’s Largest Garage Sale go for its 28th year.

Almost 70 vendors will be in Fuqua Park with everything from food and clothing to jewelry and pocket knives. SummerFest, sponsored by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Garage sales around the city are at the discretion of each seller. No permits are needed and neither is registration for private sales.

The garage sale was implemented in 1985 by the Duncan Chamber, whose board was concerned about Duncan’s economy. It was meant to create an event that would make Duncan stand out. After 28 years and a consistently high turnout, it has done that.

“We have anywhere from 8,900 to 10,000 people visit SummerFest every year,” said Stewart.

In its first couple of years, the garage sale was said to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest of them all. While that is no longer the case, many residents take part in the annual sale.

“The garage sale has been its own independent thing and since SummerFest began, it’s been a part of it,” said Sandy Stewart. “We’ve just continued with what has been working.”

People come from across Oklahoma and surrounding states to hunt for bargains. For Duncan’s economy, this is a boost from hotel rooms being booked and restaurants filled. Visitors discover Duncan’s unique shops too. Stewart, who is in charge of SummerFest for the first time, said she is excited and expecting a great event.

Stewart said she is looking forward to is a free concert featuring Shady 5 Eighty at 7 p.m. Friday in Fuqua Park. Shady is a red dirt country band made up of area musicians. Lead vocalist is Brad Eason of Velma.

“I’m really excited about the concert,” Stewart said. “They are very well-loved in this area.”

Kiddieland in the park will open at 7 p.m. Friday.

Friday trash service is suspended this week by Waste Connections, Inc., because of the traffic congestion that occurs annually with the event.  

Recycling containers will be emptied on Monday, July 22; trash service resumes Tuesday for those on the Friday routes.

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