“We’re really excited and we’re looking forward to a fun-filled time.”

You can understand Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jessika Davis’ enthusiasm for a community-wide tourism effort.

But Davis is sporting an even bigger grin these days.

The annual events surrounding the Chisholm Trail Stampede continue to grow.

And there’s the special bonus this year with Kiddieland, the amusement park run by the Duncan Kiwanis Club, hosting its 50th anniversary.

This year’s schedule began with the Duncan Lake Horse Club Trail Ride Saturday at 10 a.m. that was preceeded by a tack auction the night before.

The 18th Annual Chisholm Trail Stampede PRCA Rodeo follows at the fairgrounds May 5-6 at 7:30 p.m.

A rodeo dance is planned following the rodeo May 6.

The Stampede 5K Walk/run kicks off the Saturday slate at the Simmons Center at 8 a.m.

The stampede parade follows at 10 a.m.

The Western Spirit Celebration, with re-enactors, seminars, demonstrations and entertainment runs Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May from 1 to 5.

The Duncan Art Guild’s annual Western Heritage Art Show at the Heritage Center runs Saturday May 6 through Saturday May 13.

Special Kiddieland events will take place at the park May 6 at 6 p.m.

The Duncan Lake Spring Trail Ride and Tack Auction got everything underway, with the tack auction Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

The Duncan Lake Horse Club has given almost $3,000 to Duncan charities.

Riders in the club’s events also come from other states, including California, Indiana and Texas.

The club’s major trail ride is in the spring during rodeo week but members also host a fall ride.

The club also donates money to the city to help fix up the lake area for horseback riders and their families.

Members have helped mark trails, and donated rubber mats for the shower area, doors for the toilets, and extras for the campground.

The club leases an area on the south side of the lake from the city. That includes 20 miles of trails and some 400 acres of woods.

“It’s a great place to ride,” said member Camellia Foster. “We have people from all over the state come here, camp and ride.”

The club maintains the trail.

The club has regular meetings, usually the first Saturday night of the month. Members ride before or after meetings depending on the weather and season. One doesn’t have to be a member to ride the trail although the club is always looking for new members.

Members ride in holiday parades in Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, and Waurika. The club also has cookouts.

The name of the club was selected after a vote.

“Since we meet at the lake pavilion, we ride at the lake, and the trails are around the lake, the name sounded good,” Foster recounted in an earlier story for the Banner.

Anyone can join and families are encouraged. The club has about 50 members and began with friends meeting to ride more than 10 years ago.

For more information email cfoster@texhoma.net or visit www.Duncanlakehorseclub.org or you can call 580-475-7190.

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