The 29th annual Foss Lake Christmas in July Festival is July 12th and 13th.

This event is one of the largest outdoor events in western Oklahoma and is fun for the entire family.

On Friday, July 12, an opening ceremony honoring veterans and those currently serving will be at 6 p.m. at the main stage, north of the Marina on Cedar Point. There will be a reception for the veterans after the program in the Cedar Point pavilion. The Altus AFB Honor Guard will present the colors, Ashley Tracy will bring some patriotic music, Alex Costea will have a special message for those men and women who have served, and Ben Costea will close with taps.

Friday evening will continue with the Michael Ragland Band bringing a free concert on the main stage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vendors will have jewelry, t-shirts, crafts and good. There will also be pony rides. Vendors will be set up starting at 1 p.m. on Friday and will stay until late Saturday night.

Saturday is a full day starting with a 5K Fun Run across the Foss Lake Dam at 7 a.m. Check-in begins at 6:15 a.m. at the Foss State Park Office.

The run is open to runners and walkers of all ages and proceeds will benefit the Veterans center at Clinton, Foss State Park and local non-profit charities. Participants will receive a drawstring backpack, a race T-shirt and other goodies.

Call Dwight Shephard, 580-515-4319, who is the coordinator or email fossfunrun@gmail.com to receive the link to register on line.

Following the 5K Run is the Kayak “Trail Ride” at Chinaberry, starting at 10 a.m. Meet at 9:30 a.m. and bring your own kayak or paddle board.

The Foss Lake Little King and Queen Pageant begins at 10:30 a.m. Check in at 10 a.m. in the main stage area. Call Chanel Martin at 580-377-8636 or get an entry at the Foss State Park office, B & K Bait House, or KECO Radio in Elk City.

The Core Youth Ministries from New Beginnings in Cordell, will present a concert at 6 p.m. with selections of Christian music.

The festival will close with a fireworks display at dusk Saturday night. This event is sponsored by many area companies and businesses each year and organized by volunteers.