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Upcoming weekend is filled with activities

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LAWTON, Okla._This weekend has been filled to the brim with different events from all around the area.

Beginning Friday night, Fort Sill will host a free concert on the Polo Field. The concert gates open at 6:00 p.m. with Ken Morrow and the Hired Guns starting at 7:00 p.m. Big & Rich take the stage with guest star Cowboy Troy at 8:00 p.m. More information about the Big & Rich concert can be found here.

Grandfield also kicks off their weekend long Lords of the Plains Rodeo at the City of Grandfield Arena. The rodeo starts at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the rodeo will start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. They’ll have all of the traditional events including bull riding, barrel races and mutton bustin. Adult tickets are $8.00 each, children 12 and under are $4.00. More information about the Lord of the Plains Rodeo can be found here.

Sterling Public Schools is having a breakfast fundraiser on Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at the school. The Masonic Lodge in Sterling will do all of the cooking and will also host all of the breakfast participants. They have also pledged to match up to $1,000. All of the money raised will go to purchase new books for the elementary and secondary libraries. More information about the breakfast fundraiser can be found here.

There are also two walks Saturday morning and both of them are at Elmer Thomas Park. Starting at 9:00 a.m. H.E.L.P. (Healing Expressions Lead to Prevention) Walk against Sexual Violence will hold a 5K walk, rain or shine. Late registration begins at 8:00 a.m., the actual walk begins at 9:00 a.m. There will also be a variety of stay and play activities for all ages from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a closing ceremony featuring George O’Neal on saxophone. More information about the H.E.L.P. walk can be found here.

The other walk Saturday morning at Elmer Thomas Park is the Lawton Walk MS. Participants are able to register on-site at Lawton High School. On-site registration and check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. followed by the walk officially starting at 10:00 a.m. Proceeds go to the National MS Society to fund research on the disease. The National MS Society serves more than 11,000 Oklahomans affected by multiple sclerosis. More information about Walk MS can be found here.

Fort Sill will hold a deployment ceremony for 80 Oklahoma Army Nation Guard soldiers of the Battery B, 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery, 45th Fires Brigade headed for Afghanistan. The ceremony will be at the Rinehart Fitness Center on Fort Sill at 10:00 a.m. The soldiers deploying are expected to be gone for no longer than one year. More information about the deployment can be found here.

Just a few hours later at 1:00 p.m., Fort Sill will kick off Western Heritage Days. It will begin with a parade starting at the Field Artillery Museum, head through the Old Post Quadrangle and finish at Rucker Park. There will also be Western style events and displays for the entire family that will last into the evening including a Chuck Wagon Camp. Western Heritage Days continues on Sunday with a Cowboy Church service from 10:00 a.m. until noon and is followed by a community picnic from noon until 3:00 p.m. at Rucker Park. More information about Western Heritage Days can be found here.

The City of Lawton will hold their annual “Trash-Off” event at McMahon Memorial Auditorium. The event will go on from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and they will take almost everything. Accepted items include: used oil and filters (kitchen and motor), car batteries, car tires, antifreeze, scrap metal, vacuum cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, toaster ovens, fire extinguishers, rechargeable batteries, latex paint, alkaline batteries, fire alarms, mixed chemicals, off-road tires, pharmaceuticals, pesticides/herbicides, oil-based paint, household lawn care products, pool chemicals, craft and hobby supplies and old mixed fuels. In contrast, they will not take the following: lab waste, ammunition, explosives, compressed gas cylinders, commercial waste, tractor tires or tires still mounted on rims. More information about the "Trash-Off" can be found here.

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