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July 12, 2014

OUR VIEW: Boomer Blast a success

STILLWATER, Okla. — The night sky of Stillwater lit up last weekend, concluding another successful and entertaining Independence Day celebration.

The annual Boomer Blast got off to an early-morning start as anglers tested their skills in a fishing tournament at Boomer Lake.

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday night to picnic, play games, listen to music and watch an impressive fireworks show.

A new tradition seems to have started with the addition of 12 food trucks stationed along a park road next to the lake to sell their wares. With the popularity of the vendors, chances are good that even more food trucks will be involved in the event next year.

The Fourth of July is all about celebrating our independence as a nation. And what better way to celebrate our birthday than fishing, hot dogs, good music and a fireworks show?

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Congratulations to former Oklahoma State University wrestler Tyler Caldwell, who won the gold medal in the University World Championships this week in Pecs, Hungary.

Caldwell, wrestling at 74 kilos/163 pounds, defeated Russia’s Shamil-Imam Osmanov 3-2 in the finals. The Wichita, Kan., native is wrapping up an impressive collegiate career. He was a four-time All-American and a two-time NCAA finalist wrestling for the Oklahoma Sooners and a two-time finalist wrestling for the OSU Cowboys.

Congratulations also to Stillwater’s Chris Perry, who reached the finals of the University World Championships at 86 kilos/189 pounds.

The two-time NCAA champion won three matches before falling to Piotr Ianulov of Moldova 5-3 in the finals.

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