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Tax-Free Weekend Starts Friday in Oklahoma

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DURANT, OK -- A sales tax free weekend kicks off this Friday in Oklahoma and the city of Durant plans to do it up big this year. Deeda Payton reports on their special celebration.

Every year the tax free weekend attracts shoppers and boosts the local economy, but this year Durant expects bigger crowds than ever because it's also their 100-year anniversary.

"The tax free weekend actually impacts us tremendously. We see an influx in not only our retail businesses but also in our restaurants and even lodging properties as well." Janet Reed with the Durant Chamber of Commerce says this year they are combining the city's centennial celebration with the tax-free holiday to increase the foot traffic in the downtown area. "We're inviting everyone to attend and be part of an historical event and experience tax-free weekend as well," said Reed. The big centennial celebration will be held all day Saturday in downtown Durant.

Store owner, Annette Armstrong, has already started marking down some of her inventory in preparation for the big weekend. "We have summer items 50 percent already so with the tax free you're getting them almost at 60 percent off because it's almost 10 percent sales tax so that's another good savings for our customers," said Armstrong.

Armstrong's store, Marie's, isn't the only store that's having a sale in addition to the tax-free holiday. "Our merchants are going to have phenomenal bargains. Some will be doing sidewalk sales, others will having an additional percentage off within the stores. This is not only in the downtown area, but it will be throughout the community as well," said Reed.

The tax exemptions may only last a couple days, but Durant residents say the effects will be felt for the rest of the year.

Oklahoma's tax free weekend starts this Friday and runs through Saturday. Texas' tax free weekend is August 20th through 22nd. The tax free weekend includes clothing and shoes priced under one hundred dollars. For more information visit

As for Durant's Centennial Celebration:

The day begins with a Chuck Wagon Breakfast catered by Lynn Jackson at 8:00 am on 2nd and Evergreen. Tickets are available for $10 at the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce. Following the break fast at 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. everyone is encouraged to gather on Main Street at the corner of 2nd Street for the recreation of historic photo found in Chamber office. Please wear colorful shoes – the photo will be black and white except for shoes. Immediately following the photo, shops will open for a fun filled day of bargains to celebrate the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce Centennial and Tax Free Holiday.     

Join us on Market Square as we continue the events for this important and historical day:                                                                

10:30 am – Shoe contest on Market Square

11:00 am – Turtle races – Market Square

12:00 pm – Music by 2 for Nothing on Market Square e (ends at 2:00)

 2:00 pm – Saturday Cartoon Matinee at First Baptist Church Family Life Center (Featuring cartoons from the 60's and 70's)

 *** Also going on during the afternoon - Antique tractor show, "Sweets and Pop Shop" in the Massey Building, our very own Lopez Hot Tamale Cart, with homemade "Hot Tamale's" for sale (order by the dozen in advance, call the chamber office 580-924-0848) ****

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.