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Hi everyone and welcome back to Around Edmond! If you are new to Oklahoma and to the Edmond area, this weekend is the best weekend of the summer to shop for clothing and shoes during Tax Free Weekend. 

There will be a Saturday morning school supply giveaway at First Christian Church by Project 66! The first 1,000 students to arrive will receive a new backpack filled with school supplies, free hotdogs and free haircuts from 10 to Noon at Boulevard and 2nd Street – everyone in need is welcome! 

Don’t forget to stop by the Edmond Farmer’s Market on 1st Street west of Broadway Saturday morning for fresh flowers and produce! It will be open from 8-1pm.

Our supporter’s Serendipity Market at 917 E Danforth Rd., and Cultured Cloths at Covell & I35, online and at Chisolm Creek are participating and are open till 6 pm this evening and 10-6 Saturday! There are also many clothing retailers in Downtown Edmond such as the RiSE tenant Cult 70 Threads between Citizen’s Bank of Edmond and The Mule, Native Summit, Bison Creek, Edit & Co., Mainstream Boutique, as well as Hip & Swanky in Kickingbird Square on Danforth & Bryant and more!

Since 2007, Oklahoma law has required sales tax to be waived on certain items during the first week of August – which is perfect timing for back-to-school clothing shoppers.

When is the Oklahoma tax-free weekend?

Oklahoma’s 2023 sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 4 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 6 at midnight.

During this time, the state sales tax of 4.5% will be waived. County and municipal taxes (which vary) will also be waived, making your overall discount higher.

What’s included in Oklahoma’s tax-free weekend?

Clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 are exempt from sales taxes. Accessories and special clothing designed for “athletic activity or protective use” will still be taxed. See a full list of items that are eligible for waived sales tax.

Can I use coupons during Oklahoma’s tax-free weekend?

Yes. Not only will coupons increase your discount, but they may be used to lower the price of an item to fit within the tax holiday’s $100 threshold. For example, if an item you want is $105, it would be too expensive for waived taxes. However, if you have a retailer coupon that brings the price down to $95, the item would qualify. However, manufacturer coupons (which require retailers to seek third-party reimbursement) do not reduce the item’s price for the purpose of tax-free eligibility.

Does Oklahoma’s tax-free weekend include online purchases?

Yes. However, you must order and pay for the item (and the retailer must accept the order) during tax-free weekend.

Citizens Bank of Edmond Celebrates Back to School on August 19th at Heard on Hurd

The nation’s largest monthly food truck event features three dozen food trucks, original local music, and shopping

 Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd will return to downtown Edmond on Saturday, August 19. The monthly food truck event and concert series will be on Broadway, between 1st and Hurd. Attendees will enjoy original Oklahoma music as well as a variety of food trucks and pop-up shops from 6-10 p.m.

“August’s Heard on Hurd is one of the best months to attend because the community is back from summer travel and school will have just kicked off,” said Jill Castilla, president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond and founder of Heard on Hurd. “The streets are always filled with friends and neighbors supporting small businesses and enjoying local music. It’s hard to pick favorites, but August is always a great month to be in downtown Edmond and enjoy Heard on Hurd.”

Taking the Heard on Hurd stage this month will be:

  • Carter Sampson at 6:00PM, featuring songs from the award-winning artist’s new album Gold (which spent months on the Americana Music Charts);
  • Ross Clayton at 7:20PM, McLoud-based singer/songwriter as heard/seen on NBC’s The Voice (Season 23); performing original country music, and
  • KALO at 8:40PM, Oklahoma-based guitarist/vocalist brings “groovesome rhythm and blues meets fiery rock ‘n’ roll” with her fiery electric show of original songs.

 Heard on Hurd hosts more than three dozen food trucks every month ranging from BBQ and samosas to pizza and tacos.

“We have been blessed to be a part of Heard on Hurd for the past five seasons,” said Tim Wheeler, owner of Dos Gringos. “Having the opportunity to work alongside the Citizens Bank of Edmond employees and volunteers has been one of the highlights of our food truck adventures.”

 Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Community Lobby will feature kids activities including photos with one of Disney’s favorite pairs: Woody and Buzz from Toy Story.

Heard on Hurd was started by Citizens Bank to revitalize downtown Edmond, showcase Oklahoma’s homegrown talent and small businesses and provide sustainable support to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation. In its 10th season, the event has drawn almost 2 million attendees, resulting in more than $60 million in economic impact and a transformed downtown Edmond small business community. Heard on Hurd was named the Urban Land Institute’s “Best Community Building Effort” and is regularly recognized as one of the state’s favorite events. Stepping into the footsteps of the legendary H&8th food truck festival, Heard on Hurd is now both the nation’s largest monthly food truck event as well as America’s most popular monthly original music concert series.

To find out more about the event, follow Heard on Hurd on FacebookTwitterInstagram and the website at www.mycitizens.bank/heard-on-hurd.

That’s it for this end of week column, here’s to a cooler weekend ahead! 

Stop by Tuesday to see what’s happening around Edmond!