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Main Street Duncan plans to boost business activity in its district with activities for the whole family scheduled throughout the month of June.

Businesses on Main Street seek to resume foot traffic downtown from Thursday, June 11 to Saturday, June 13 with a carnival and poker run for the community. The carnival will start at 6 p.m. every night.

Destiny Ahlfenger, Executive Director for Main Street Duncan, said, “we’re very, very excited to get back to having people downtown and having that foot traffic resume to normal or even better.”

Duncan’s first Downtown Duncan Carnival will have rides, including a ferris wheel, bumper cars, a merry-go-round and more. Along with that, seven food trucks will make an appearance and non-profits will occupy spots onsite to offer snacks and drinks throughout the event, all for a family fun-filled night.

Setup will begin on Walnut Avenue and extend from 7th Street to 10th Street with carnival rides and food.

The Chisholm Trail Poker Run will approach the finish line on this carnival weekend from 1-6 p.m. Saturday with the carnival opening up for the final day around 6 p.m.

The poker run starts out at Car Quest, at 2nd and Main, where riders can register and receive their first card. Registration is $20 and an additional card is $10. At the final stop, riders can buy a mulligan for $5.

The poker run will make their second stop at Kochendorfer Brewing Company, third stop at Lakeside Grocery, fourth stop at Old 81, ending eventually on Main for the final tally. Main Street will have prizes available for the best hand and worst hand, including goody bags and door prizes.

Anyone can participate, whether they have a classic car or not. 

“If you have a classic car and you want to invite your friends, then you can all participate, the driver pays $20 and any additional cards will be $10,” Ahlfenger said. 

These events serve as a fundraiser for Main Street Duncan.

The carnival will adhere to guidelines set forth by the health department with social distancing and sanitization protocols. All of the operators for the carnival will wear masks during this time.

Other events on the calendar for Main Street Duncan include a “Team Up to Clean Up” day on June 27 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the corner of 9th and Main.

“It’s not a fundraiser, it’s just a quality of life event,” Ahlfenger said. “We’ve had up to 54 people participate.” 

Outdoor tools and supplies, brooms, hedge trimmers and weed eaters for clean up purposes are available for this event taking place. Anyone volunteering will have access to gloves and a safety vest as well.

Volunteers can help businesses maintain what’s in front of the stores, comparing before and after pictures to be able maintain their store fronts together as a community.

Items needed include weed killer spray, soil or plants. Food and drink donations for volunteers, such as bottled water and Gatorade or Kind bars or Nutri-Grain bars, are needed as well.

For more information on events in Duncan, visit www.duncancalendar.com.

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