WAYNOKA - It’s SandFest time in Waynoka.

The annual celebration will start at 10 a.m. in the downtown area and “it will be entertaining to everyone of all ages,” said Cindy Bradford, co-chair of SandFest committee.

Debbie Bowers, a business owner in Waynoka, said part of Main Street will be blocked off because sand will be hauled in for the children to play.

“The children will be able to play and build sand castles throughout the day,” Bowers said.

Bowers  said there will also be a "Throw your Dough Away" contest set up in front of Little Sahara Pizza and Wings.

“It's almost like a tic-tac-toe deal to win,” Bowers said. “I hear this is pretty funny to watch.”

The contest is open to all ages

In addition, the Miss SandFest and Little Miss SandFest pageants are scheduled for the afternoon.

Contestants in the Miss SandFest have to be 16 to 20-years-old, while the contestants in Little Miss SandFest are 1st through 3rd graders.

“The girls wanting to participate in the pageant don’t have to be from Waynoka,” Bradford said, noting registration ends today at 5 p.m.

“Trophies will be given to the winners of the pageants,” Bradford said.

A hot dog cookoff is also planned.

“The contestants are required to bring their own grill and toppings, but the hot dogs will be supplied,” Bradford said.

Bradford said there are 2 hot dog categories to enter, the “working dog” and “top dog.”

The difference is the “working” dog requires the contestants to put 5 toppings or less on it and the “top” dog is 5 toppings or more, she said.

There will also be a hot dog eating contest and an Old Fashion Food Fair contest including baked and canned goods.

“The entries will be judged at the chamber building and winners should be announced later that day,” Bowers said.

A duck race will also be held and a limited number of ducks remain available for purchase at the chamber building

According to Bowers, a duck race will be held in and there limited number of ducks available.

“The winner of the race will receive a certain percentage of the proceeds rasied by the ducks purchases,” Bowers said.

In addition, food vendors will be present throughout the day and ATV dealers will be bringing in new models.

There will be a Total BBQ Raffle Draw where the winner will receive a big gas combo smoker, Bowers said.

“It is a gas grill with side burner and it has a built in smoker and it is very nice,” Bowers said.  

To finish off the day “The Waynokanopolis” lawnmower race will take place.

Bowers said riders will take their mowers through an obstace c

Participates are able to register the day of the event for the lawn mower races.

The rules and regulations for the race can be found at the Waynoka Chamber of Commerce website www.waynokachamber.com. To register for the Miss SandFest and Little Sandfest pageant contact Alicia Pitts at (580) 542-2404.


Also coming up s the  The Cimarron River Stampede Benefit Trailride Campout at 1 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Waynoka Rodeo grounds.

“The ride starts at the rodeo grounds and ends down by the Cimarron River,” Bowers said, noting horses will be rode on the trails.

Once the riders reach the river there will be an old fashioned outdoor dutch oven supper cookout that evening.

Bowers said, it is a fun evening filled with food and entertainment.

In addition, the riders have the option of camping out that night by the river if they like, she said.

However, there is a fee for the ride and meal with the proceeds going towards the Cimarron River Stampede Club to help fund the rodeos they hold each year, Bowers added.

They are asking people to RSVP a few days in advance so they cook know how much food to prepare, Bowers said.

To RSVP contact Mike Bowers at (580) 542-0287.

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