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June 30, 2013

Crystal Beach main site for holiday events

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Woodward, Okla. — HORSESHOES, PADDLE BOATS, WATERMELONS AND MORE

If basketball isn't your thing, then you might want to try your hand at some horseshoe pitching.  

The Woodward County Horseshoe Pitchers Association will be holding a horseshoe tournament starting at 11 a.m. at the horseshoe courts located north of Temple Houston Dr. near the east entrance to the park.

Ronnie Frederick, who is a member of the horseshoe pitchers association, said that those wanting to participate need to arrive at least 30 minutes early to sign up, but the sooner the better so he can get them added to the competition bracket.

A cash prize will be offered to the winning team.

If horseshoes isn't your game either, there are plenty of other activities you can enjoy throughout the day from riding or even racing paddle boats with your friends to "watermelon chunkin," where you can slingshot watermelons into the lake.

For the watermelon chunkin, Newton said you will pay a small fee and then get 3 chances to see how far you can get a watermelon to fly while using "those bungees that you use to put water balloons in."

The watermelon chunkin will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be held on the north side of the lake, "probably on one of those piers that jut into the lake," she said.

And watermelons aren't the only thing you have the opportunity to splash.  There will also be a Dunk-A-Teacher booth from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Newton said, where you can purchase chances to try to dunk your most, or least, liked teacher.

She said the dunking lineup includes 2013 Teacher of the Year Chelsea Roberts, along with Amy Whitewater, Jason Harrison, Michelle McDonald and even a coach, Corey Miller.

"We thought it would be fun because everybody wants to dunk their teacher for some reason or another.  This is the perfect opportunity to get back at a teacher for all that homework they gave you.  But for those still in school, you also have to be careful in case you get that teacher again this year," Newton said.

Other activities on the celebration schedule include a Little Miss and Little Mr. Firecracker Pageant hosted by Woodward Main Street from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Contact Main Street Director Janet Fitz at 254-8521 for more information about the youth pageant.

Then from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., everyone is invited to come enjoy a free hamburger dinner offered by Dairy Queen.

Then after waiting an hour to let your food digest, the Crystal Beach Aquatic Center will be open from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. for a special night swim opportunity for the holiday.

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