McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

August 2, 2012

Merchants say they're offering loony prices for Crazy Days

Submitted report

McALESTER — Crazy Days in McAlester isn’t going to be limited to the downtown area.

Some of the stores in the Tandy Town Shopping Center are also participating, including Zoe’s Apparel at 1702 E. Carl Albert Pkwy.

“We’re having the ‘awesomest’ Crazy Days ever,” said Zoe’s owner Sarah Lance.

Adding to the bargain mania, when Crazy Days officially begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oklahoma’s sales tax free holiday weekend will be in full swing.

The sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues midnight Sunday, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

It gives shoppers statewide the opportunity to purchase “certain clothing and shoes” priced at less than $100 without having to pay sales tax.

Meanwhile, Crazy Days is set to officially kick off  at 8 a.m. Saturday downtown on Choctaw Avenue, with the Stiletto Dash, or a race in high heels.

It’s open to females and males, as long as they are at least 13 or older.

The heels must be at least three inches high, can’t be a wedge and can’t be taped to the feet to keep them from coming off, said Kristen Lloyd, who is on the McAlester Main Street Board and serves as the organizational chairman.

Tentative plans call for the race route to begin at Main Street and continue east to First Street, with the winner to receive several prizes, including a specially designed award from Diamond Trophy.

Cost of pre-registration for the race is $15 per person in advance, or $20 on the day of the dash, when registration is set to be available until 7:30 a.m. Registration and pre-registration are available at Studio 23 Photography at 23 E. Choctaw Ave. in downtown McAlester.

Crazy Days will also feature a Loco Lock Box downtown, with a number of prizes donated for the winner — the person who is unable to open the combination lock on the box.

See more in the Friday edition of the News-Capital.