Concert series returns for summer

Chisholm Trail Park Gazebo to host 7:30 p.m. Thursday performances starting June 11

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Music lovers enjoy the outdoors during last summer’s “Concerts in the Park” series at the Chisholm Trail Park Gazebo, 500 W Vandament. Concert goers this year will spread out more due to social distancing measures. (File photo)

By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer

Yukon will start its annual summer concert series next month.

Three outdoor concerts are set in June at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament. Three bands have been confirmed to perform free concerts from the Gazebo stage on the south end of the park.

While many events have been postponed due to state and local COVID-19 emergency orders, Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Jan Scott has made plans for the annual summer concerts.

“We are ready when the time comes,” Scott said. “The concerts are different events than ‘Freedom Fest’ because there is not as many people in the crowd and they can spread out more.”

The Yukon Parks & Recreation director addressed concerns about large crowds gathering for the concerts.

“There is plenty of space there and people can come out and put their lawn chairs and blankets wherever they want,” Scott said. “This is not an active – but a passive type of recreation.

“To me, if people come out, they’re willing to come out and recreate and are not worried about being exposed (to the virus). They can be 12 feet from each other if they want.”

Yukon’s “Concerts in the Park” series will kick off Thursday, June 11 with a performance by the Mystery Dates, who perform classic rock and pop oldies. “Bark in the Park” dog contests are planned as well.

Concerts to follow will feature Core Country on Thursday, June 18 and Irv Wagner’s Jazz Combo on Thursday, June 25.

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All concerts will start at 7:30 p.m.; 30 minutes later than in past years.

The public is invited to come out with their blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the performers.

“There will be three different kinds of music for people to enjoy,” Scott said.

The Chisholm Trail Park Gazebo has been booked each Thursday through July and August as well for the summer concert series. Yukon Parks & Recreation will not offer concessions this year; however, food trucks may be available.

“People really enjoy coming out to the park for these concerts,” Scott said. “They can get out of their homes and enjoy the outdoors.

“I think we’ll be able to introduce new people to the concerts this summer.”

A performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic orchestra at Chisholm Trail Park highlights Yukon’s annual “Freedom Fest”.

Plans are still in the works for the City of Yukon to present its patriotic July 4th celebration.