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Chisholm Trail Community News
July 17, 2019
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end in July, the event is not actually a Chamber event.
    Chamber President and CEO Chris Deal said the
event started because Duncan had a large antiques
market in the 1980s. But as the event had developed
and changed over the years, the focus has become
more on sell a little bit of everything.
    “It’s really an organic event,” Deal said. The
WLGS typically brings about 8,000 people from five
or six states each year, which has a sizeable, econom-
ic impact on Duncan.
 Marlow, in tandem with Duncan’s WLGS will hold
their Second Chance Trade Days making this area
one of the largest private trade days around.
 Pages 4 and 5 in this issue of the Chisholm Trail
Community News holds a huge listing of the many
sales around. You will find a number of businesses
also join in the fun and offer discounts for this week-
    Chamber President and CEO Chris Deal asked
a series of questions. Among them was an inquiry
about what plans Deighan has for the school district.
    Deighan said Duncan Public Schools already has
a plan in place to  continue improvements within the
district and he doesn’t see a need to bring a new plan
to the district.
    “I want to build upon that plan,” he said.
    He said he does want to see a focus on getting kids
to think for themselves instead of just teaching the
    Deighan said he is excited to be part of the Duncan
community and looks forward to building relation-
ships throughout the community. He said the way to
do that is through LOVE, which stands for Listen,
Observe, Validate and Engage.
    “My job here is to simply LOVE the Duncan com-
munity,” he said.
“ Garage Sales”
continued from Page 1
“ School Superintendent”
continued from Page 1
DLT kicks off new ‘Kids’ program
By Derrick Miller
    Duncan Little Theatre’s new Kid’s Curtain Call
workshop started Monday with 12 children register-
ing for the program.
    This two-week event is geared toward students
entering third through fifth grades. It will teach them
about theater basics and started with the kids tell-
ing what they were most interested in learning. The
program will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through
Friday until July 26; a reader’s theater performance is
set for 2 p.m. July 27.
    The workshop will bring in various people to teach
the kids about performing and the theater. This year’s
producer and program head is Sonja Skinner, who has
worked to develop lesson plans for each day of the
    This is one of three programs Duncan Little
Theatre has aimed at younger generations. The others
are Teen Theatre, which works with kids going into
sixth through 12th grades, and the Children’s Theatre
Experience, which is the youth traveling show that
performs at area schools.
    The goal of each of these programs is to get area
youth involved in and excited about community
Safe Center hosts Legal Aid Presentation
 Safe Center will be hosting a Legal Aid Presentation
beginning at 6pm this Thursday, July 18.
 The presentation will focus on Landlord and Tenant
Law, Tenant Right, Utility and Pet Deposits, Wrongful
Evictions and much more!
 The program is free and open to the community, but a
reservation is required by contacting Safe Center office at (580) 252-5324.
 Artwork in a variety of forms will help highlight
the National Day of the Cowboy Celebrationto be
held on July 27. Western themed art including photo-
graphs, leatherwork, painted feathers, jewelry, knives
and cartoons will be on display at Butterfield Mercan-
tile and Ballroom, 805 Main Street in Duncan from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m.
 Mike Monroe
of Michael’s Cus-
tom Leather in
Fletcher has been
doing leather
work for over 15
years. He’ll be
displaying belts,
holsters, head-
stalls, wallets,
phone holders
and much more with full tooling in keeping with the
western tradition.
 Cave Blades, as the name implies, has a line of
handmade knives and sheaths in the traditional style
of the hunting knife a cowboy would carry.
 “I hand make custom fixed blade knives from raw
steel to finished product. I make everything from
tactical to practical, but I have a real soft spot for the
classics! I also hand make and tool all my leather
sheaths as well as custom belts, rifle slings and hol-
sters,” explained owner Jeff Ellis.
 Leather crafter Dustin Clark of Clark Leather
Kreations will be displaying a wide variety of artisti-
cally made items to include billfolds, handbags, belts,
key chains and cozies. He has a wide variety of
tooled products. Additionally, he’ll be working with
children to produce their own leather products.
 Anita Lee creates several different items to include
jewelry, leather items and painted feathers.
 “I do a lot of smaller items in leather such as,
Artwork to highlight National Day of the Cowboy Celebration
bracelets and cuffs, leather feathers, knife sheaths, a
few wallets, and pictures. About 3 years ago I took
several jewelry classes and have added one of a kind
Wire Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry to my repertoire as
well. I also do some Copper Fold Forming, making
cuffs and pendants, copper feathers, etc. When I can
I like to combine both leather and gemstones in my
 Toni Mullens of El
Reno was introduced to
leather work in an 8th
grade crafts class. He
enjoyed it so much he
bought his own tools.
 “I continued to learn
more about leather tool-
ing until I married and
had kids. My tools went
to the closet for over 25 years. My mother asked me
to make her a new wedding album for her 80th birth-
day, hers had gotten ruined. That was 10 years ago.
That lit a fire in me which grew my small toolbox of
leather tools into a not so small shop full tools and
never enough leather.”
 Mullens makes purses, totes, pistol cases, bible
covers, belts and pretty much anything he is asked to
make. Some of his work includes motorcycle chaps,
axe covers and repairing anything leather. He is also
involved with the Oklahoma Chisholm Trail Leather
Guild which will be doing leather tooling at the Cel-
 Raised in and around working cowboys and the
western lifestyle, Dee Dodson of Buckles and Bling
Photography, LLC, strives to portray the real life
cowboy in his natural setting. This could range from
branding, to herding cattle, rodeo riding or just in
everyday outdoor life. Well versed at photography
she also does portraits, weddings and most anything a
person may need photography wise. Her photographs
have graced the walls of the Chisholm Trail Heritage
Center and now are displayed in the front window of
 Daryl Talbot, cowboy and military cartoonist will
be displaying a variety of his work and have a pres-
entation at the Celebration. His cartoons and illustra-
tions have been used in magazines, books, T-shirts
and greeting cards. His work is seen regularly in
Leaning Tree greeting cards and Leatherneck Maga-
zine. He cartooned for Western Horseman Magazine
for 45 years.
 Talbot graduated from Oklahoma State University
with a degree in Art Education in 1973. Talbot was a
member of the National Cartoonist Society and West-
ern Writers of America. Currently, the cartoonist is Ia
member of Cowboy Cartoonists International.
 “In 1997 I received the Will Rogers Cowboy
Cartoonist of the Year Award from the Academy of
Western Artists and 1st and 3rd Place in the all Navy
Cartoon Contest in All Hands Magazine in 1975” said
 For more information about the event contact Ron
Secoy, 580 606-9574,
or the
National Day of the Cowboy Celebration Facebook
Western Artist Anita Lee paints designs on
feathers. She likes to combine both leath-
er and gemstones into one creation.
Jeff Ellis of Cave’s Blades custom
designs hunting knives from raw
steel to a finished product.
“It’s never too late
to be who you might
have been.”
- George Eliot (1819-
1880) Writer
Did you know you can
stay in a covered wagon
in Robbers Cave State
Park, a floating villa at
Lake Murray or a tree-
house at Ra’s Eufala
Treehouse Tree-sort?
I thought the dryer shrunk my clothes,
turned out to be the refrigerator.
... Seymore Folkes
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