The Duncan skyline will be ablaze the night before Independence Day as the Duncan firework show makes a triumphant return for the second year in a row after its near-decade-long absence.
Sponsored by Duncan Machine Products, Inc. (DMP), the firework show will take place at Abe Raizen Park. Before last year’s event, also sponsored by DMP, the most recent firework show hosted by the Duncan community had been held in 2009.
The show will follow a family fun event hosted by First Baptist Church (FBC) of Duncan. FBC’s pastor, Bryan Pain, spoke on behalf of DMP at the June Community Breakfast at the Simmons Center’s Redbud Courtyard.
“We know that we need to serve people,” Pain said. “This is an event where families from all across our community can come, and absolutely not pay a penny, and enjoy an incredible evening of family fun.”
The event will begin a few hours before the show starts, and will include a dozen various inflatable games and rides. According to Pain, one of the highlighted inflatables is a life-size game of Whac-A-Mole. Food and water will also be provided.
A few other prominent community members were present at the breakfast, including Mayor Ritchie Dennington who gave the attendees an update for the City of Duncan after mentioning his feelings for the firework show.
“After one of the first firework shows we tried, we were concerned, after that, with how long we would have to stay and watch for fires,” Dennington said. “But right as it ended, it started raining. There was no problem with fires. I think it’s a pretty blessed event.”
According to the update, the Duncan Fire Department will be testing their fire hydrants this month, and wanted to remind the community that doing this can stir up the water in the city. So if anyone’s water runs red for a moment or two during or after the tests, it is to be expected.
The Lion’s Club Open Rodeo chairman Joe Henderson was also present to give the community some information for the summer’s upcoming rodeo, including the money this large fundraiser was able to share. They have brought in a total of over $200,000 toward scholarships for high school students and over $175,000 for scholarships for technology students.
The open rodeo will take place at 7:30 nightly from Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29, at the Claud Gill Arena, south of the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.
In other community news:
• The Alzheimer’s Association, partnered with Lawton’s Ten Oaks and Duncan Regional Hospital, will host a presentation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, for dementia and Alzheimer’s.
• Varai Health Center wants to remind the community to take care of one’s body and “frame,” relating one’s dis-ease with their body and its progression to disease, which, according to the World Health Organization, is on the rise. The community can receive a health scan at their center at 815 W. Main, in Duncan.
• Duncan’s Chisholm Trail Arts Council will host their annual Arts Explosion, sponsored by BancFirst, July 15 through July 19 for K-12 students. Contact the Chisholm Trail Arts Council at 580-252-4160 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• The Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center’s annual social media bake sale auction is coming up on Thursday, June 13. The community can participate through Facebook and grab a tasty dessert.
• Duncan Little Theatre reminds the community of their upcoming production, Raise the Roof, hitting the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 at the Simmons Center Theater at 800 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan.