Woodward, Okla. —
FOSS - Games, vendors, music and a tribute to our nation's servicemen are all on the agenda for this weekend's 23rd annual Christmas in July at Foss Lake.
The festival will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, when the public can come and browse booths from over 45 vendors from 4 states who will be selling a variety of wares from jewelry and t-shirts to crafts and food. There will also be a straw market and more, including an archery booth sponsored by the Washita National Wildlife Refuge.
At the archery booth, which will be open both days, the public can try their hand at shooting a 3-D target for no charge.
Then at 6 p.m. Friday, an opening ceremony will be held to honor all those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. The ceremony will include a presentation of the colors by the Altus Air Force Base Honor Guard.
This show of support for the military is actually how the Christmas in July celebration got started. According to a press release, 23 years ago some veterans got together with a group of volunteers and decided to hold an event at the lake to honor veterans and active military men and women.
Following this ceremony, there will be live musical entertainment with a performance by Trader Price at the main stage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday night.
The fun will continue on Saturday, with a full schedule of events from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Some activities will be available throughout the day, such as the moon walk and carnival games provided by S&J Amusements and the new 9-hole disc golf course that was recently opened at Cedar Point on Foss Lake.
Other activities will only be available at specific times, such as a scavenger hunt that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This scavenger hunt will begin at the pavilion north of the marina on Foss Lake and take participants around the lake and the nearby Washita National Wildlife Refuge.
At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday the Foss Lake Little King & Queen Contest will be held at the main stage for children ages 1 to 12. For more information about the pageant, contact Douglas or Selena at (580) 305-1122.
Then at 4 p.m. on Saturday there will be a Gospel Music Jamboree, also held on the main stage.
Later in the evening the entertainment will move to the water as lighted water crafts are invited to take to the lake around dusk to enjoy the "Music on the Water" concert by the Josh Lamie Band and Chance Williams.
Finally, Christmas in July will go out with a bang as a huge fireworks display will be set off at dark on Saturday night.
The festival is free, but donations are encouraged as the event helps to raise funds to support the needs of the lake. This year the Foss Lake Association is hoping to use proceeds from the event to help purchase a side sonar for the lake patrol boat.
Currently the nearest sonar is located 3 hours away from Foss Lake, so having one that's immediately accessible will be a great asset for the lake.
Foss Lake is located off of I-40 between Elk City and Clinton, just take exit 53 and go north 7 miles to find all the festival fun this Friday and Saturday.
For more information, or to volunteer to help out with the festival, contact Neva Pyatt at (580) 497-6217 or Eric Puyear at (580) 592-4518.