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School is out and the first of June has arrived. That signals the soon-to-be arrival of something else... Dogie Days.

The annual fundraising celebration conducted by the Dumas Noon Lions Club will take place June 12-15 at McDade Park, and the Lions Club is hoping Mother Nature cooperates and the community comes out and supports this year’s event.

I can almost taste those Dogie Days hamburgers, curly fries and rooster eggs... and it won’t be long before countless Dogie Days guests will be standing in line to get their taste of these and many other treats.

Along with the smells of all the Dogie Days foods, the Dogie Days midway will be filled with the sights and sounds of the carnival rides and fun-filled games.

What a great way to raise money to help support local non-profit organizations, and what a great way for the community to come together to have fun and make some great memories.

Of course, Dogie Days provides the perfect excuse for reunions in Dumas. There should be several class reunions this year and, if most years are any indication, these groups will be featured in the Saturday morning (June 15) parade along Dumas Ave.

The Dogie Days parade is always a big draw. Locals and visitors line Dumas Ave. to watch the parade which usually lasts about an hour.

The Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the Dogie Days parade, and the entry deadline is Friday, June 7. There are several categories and entries are welcome from all around the area such as clubs, organizations, churches, individuals and businesses. The theme is “A Tour of the Plains”. Contact the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce at 935-2123 or drop by 1901 S. Dumas Ave. to find out more about participating in the Dogie Days parade.

Tickets for the Dogie Days barbecue (which takes place June 13 at McDade Park) are currently for sale. Tickets may be purchased from any Dumas Noon Lions Club member, or you may visit www.moorenews.com for a link to the online ticket portal, which is something new this year for the Lions Club ticket sales.

Each barbecue ticket includes a chance to win a new Jeep, and separate tickets are available for the Jeep drawing. Those, too, are available from any club member or by visiting the online ticket sales website.

Remember, the more funds generated by Dogie Days... the more money the Lions Club will have to share with local non-profits. So, head out to the Dogie Days midway Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings (June 12-14) and following the parade on Saturday (June 15) to have some fun and help some great organizations at the same time.

It’s almost time for Dogie Days to get underway. Thank goodness we don’t have long to wait!

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