A summer tradition in Stephens County kicked off this weekend in Comanche and by July 19 and 20, the trend will make its way to Duncan and Marlow.
On Friday, July 5, vendors in Comanche set up for their two day event known as Junkin’ on the Trail flea market. The event, which includes music, major sales and food trucks, will continue today, Saturday, at 604 S. Rodeo Drive, Comanche. Dates for the flea market will appear each month.
A town favorite for Duncan, the 34th year for the annual World’s Largest Garage Sale will begin to show up across City of Duncan as residents pitch tents and set their goods outside with price tags, marking that the third weekend in July is here.
The annual event, which draws in thousands of visitors to the city every year, will take place July 19-20. The Chamber of Commerce encourages local citizens to host individual garage sales at their home during the weekend as retail merchants, restaurants and hotels work to provide comfort for those visitors coming to town for the weekend of sales. Cheap bargains during this weekend recognized from some in other states draw in anywhere from 8,000-10,000 visitors to the area.
While some sales will begin the Thursday prior to the sale, most of the sales in Duncan will gear up Friday and continue Saturday.
The World’s Largest Garage Sale in Duncan was started by a former publisher of The Duncan Banner, who was involved with the Chamber. Previously, Chris Deal, Chamber President, confirmed a “protractive downturn from ’82 to ’89” and somewhere in the middle is when the sale started.
Traffic in neighborhoods will increase during this weekend, so it is imperative for tourists and citizens alike to be careful when driving and also be mindful of cars while making ways down streets to peruse the sales. Those participating or looking for treasure in the sea of price tags should remember to stay hydrated, as July also brings scalding temperatures.
Tourists visiting the area are also encouraged by the Chamber to visit some of Duncan’s community gems, like Fuqua Park, the 905 Train Depot Museum, the interactive Rhythm and Routes Exhibit at the Stephens County Historical Museum, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and the rides at Kiwanis’ Kiddieland. There are also four Bob Palmer murals in the city, including the Rhythm and Routes mural, located on 7th and Main Street.
Participants wanting to advertise their sale in The Duncan Banner can stop by or call Paula by 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17.
The same weekend, Marlow will host Second Chance Trade Days. Similarly, community members will participate in a citywide garage sale and merchants will provide sales to coincide with the event which brings tourists to the area.
For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce websites for each town.