Anti-drug event stops by Ardmore for Labor Day

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ARDMORE, OK - A Labor Day event aimed to teach students about the negative affects of drug use was held in Ardmore Monday afternoon.

It was a serious message in a festival-like setting.

"We've learned that there are over four thousand different chemicals in cigarettes," Ardmore Middle School eighth grader Gialyn Quigley said.

The event was called Labor Day Anti-Drug Extravaganza and was held Ardmore Regional Park from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Event Sponsor and Legends of Motorcycle Racing Director Bob Sparenberg said, "We have a very unique method as you can see. It is all about saying no to drugs and keeping America drug free and proud."

Sparenberg said he takes his program to audiences across the country teaching them about the negative affects of drug use.

Quigley and Desaray Widner, also an eighth grader at Ardmore Middle School, said they saw Sparenberg's program when he visited their campus.

"I've passed the message on to our friends," Widner said. "Some didn't take it as well as others."

Both said they have been members of Students Working Against Tobacco for two years.

"Some of our friends have started SWAT,"Quigley said. "We have had some of our friends become some of the better members of SWAT. "

Two of Monday's audience favorites were the Ardmore Police K-9 Unit member Zues and the motocross stunts put on by Legends of Motorcycle Racing.

To have Sparenberg speak at an event contact him or Buddy Withers at: or visit

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