The Duncan Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast, hosted virtually on Thursday, brewed with updates on the chamber as well as within the area and shined the spotlight on upcoming events throughout the month of October.
The breakfast, hosted virtually in the wake of COVID-19 on Thursday, Oct. 1, featured sponsor Weaver Clinics and its founder, Dr. Kim Weaver, who spoke briefly about everything the clinic offers.
With clinics in four different communities, Weaver said they provide services, including but not limited to, hormone therapy, medical weight loss, true sculpting, gynecology and more.
After highlighting the business, Chamber President and CEO Chris Deal gave an update on the Chamber by introducing new board members and the slate of officers for the upcoming year.
Added to the board includes Robert Armstrong, Dr. Jeff Edwards, Craig Taliaferro and Councilwoman Patty Wininger. Deal said they’ll take their seat at the table at the October board meeting.
The slate of officers for 2020-21 include Teri Billings as chairman, Leigh McEntire as the incoming chairperson for 2022, Rex Outhier as past chairman, Alvin Gates as treasurer, Armstrong as Vice President of Business Development, Taliaferro as Vice President of Investor Services and Duncan City Manager Kimberly Meek as Vice President of Organizational Development.
Deal also brought news to the breakfast about the postponed banquet from March.
According to Deal, the annual banquet, which was postponed in March because of the pandemic, has officially been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the heart of downtown Duncan.
“We’re going to have this outdoors in beautiful downtown Duncan,” Deal said. “We’re hoping everyone will join us for that annual banquet. We’ll of course give out our awards that evening. We’re going to think of it as a fun party, get together to celebrate Duncan.”
The banquet’s block street party will feature live music, The Merchant will cater and several stores on Main Street Duncan will open their doors for business.
Deal said they’ve kept an eye on the weather and so far, it looks like it’ll be in Duncan’s favor.
Deal credited Sandy Stewart for coming up with the idea for the block party and said Destiny Ahlfenger, Main Street Duncan executive director, has been crucial in the planning.
“It’ll be a wonderful, lovely event and very celebratory for the community,” Deal said.
Mayor Ritchie Dennington then took the opportunity to provide updates on city happenings. According to Dennington, big projects right now include Public Works continuing work on overlaying streets, signing a contract to repair the outfall line at Lake Humphreys and signing an additional contract to begin construction at the spillway for Clear Creek Lake.
Dennington also talked about the sanitary sewer system rehabilitation.
“We’ve got so much water that comes into our Waste Water Plant that is not controlled, it’s water that shouldn’t be in there, it’s from the streets or this or that,” Dennington said. “If we don’t control it, we’re going to have to build a $20 million Waste Water Plant but it looks like we can fix it for a lot less by diverting water.”
The last update Dennington had came on the preparation of the 2021 budget.
“With COVID and the lack of tax income, we’ll probably be making some cuts,” Dennington said.
Weaver’s Clinic was again featured, this time about their Blessing Boxes and the Thanksgiving baskets they have in the works.
The program, started in Duncan by Dr. Weaver and her husband, will look to provide Thanksgiving baskets this year to those in need or struggling with food insecurity.
The baskets are first come, first serve and the return deadline for those filling them is Nov. 2 so they can be distributed in time for the holiday. There are no specific items listed, but nonperishable food items, hygiene items and baby supplies are suggested.
To participate in filling a basket or to receive one, community members can contact the clinic at 580-470-9800.
Jason McPherson, City Administrator for Marlow, then provided his brief update, reminding community members the Second on Second event will take place from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Second Street near Cotton Blossom Winery and Giuseppe’s.
The final update of the morning came from Lori Belcher with the Simmons Center, who spoke about the annual fall festival, carnival and haunted house.
Belcher said the fall fest carnival and haunted house will take place Oct. 24. The carnival is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. in the courtyard of the Simmons Center and the haunted house will take place from 7:30-11 p.m. or until the crowd dissipates that same night.
“We are holding it in a different place, doing a different route, trying to change things up a little bit,” Belcher said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Our theme for our haunted house is nightmare 2020. You can imagine all the things we could put in our haunted house.”
Another event, Trick the Trails, will take place behind the Simmons Center on the Heritage Trails on Halloween night.
The free event scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 will invite business groups, churches and anybody else who wants to participate to set up along the trails, offering a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat this year in a socially distanced environment.
“We figured that with everything going on this would be a great place for us to do it,” Belcher said. “Our trails are beautiful, it’ll be a wonderful event.”
Those wanting to take part should contact Belcher at 580-252-2900.
Upcoming events mentioned in the Chamber Virtual Breakfast include:
• The Toyshop of Duncan annual fall rummage sale. The event began Thursday and will continue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 and wrap up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. The sale is located at 702 West Willow.
• The Foreman Prairie House Crown Jewel Classic Golf Tournament. The event is from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.
• The Farmer’s Market, which will open from 4-8 p.m. Friday in October at the Think Ability Inc. venue, located on Beech Avenue in Duncan.
• The Foreman Prairie House popup pumpkin patch, which will open for its final day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the home, located at 814 W. Oak. The photo opportunity event recommends a donation of about $10.
• The United Way Raise Your Voice, Make Your Heart Sing virtual fundraising competition. The competition begins Oct. 7 with one winner each week until all have competed. The final showdown will include two performers. First place will take $1,000 home and second will take home $500.
• World Senior Bull Riding, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds.
• The Ram Prairie Circuit Rodeo Finals, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds.
• Bark in the Park, an annual event benefitting the Stephens County Humane Society is scheduled for Oct. 17 at Fuqua park.
• National Swine Registry Fall Classic, scheduled for Oct. 21-24 at the Fairgrounds. The sizable event brings pure economic impact.
• A virtual ribbon cutting for the new Circle of Love in Fuqua Park, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 by the Chamber of Commerce.
• GOP Chili Cookoff, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31.
• Tri-K Barrel racing, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31.