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Woman surprised with keys to Mustang

ELGIN  At first glance, the annual Crawds 'n Rods, presented by Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, appeared to be a good-ole, hometown fair featuring a flashing Ferris Wheel, funnel cake stands and a hot car show. 

But unlike a typical fair, the thousands of people who traveled to Elgin fairgrounds on Saturday went for more than sweet treats, rides and prizes  they went to eat all they could of the hundreds of pounds of Louisiana crawdads, along with potatoes and corn.

Lawtonian Rebekah Pullicar was one of those crawdad-loving folks.

"I heard the burgers are good," Pullicar said, "but I'm here for the crawfish."

Her two daughters, Eisenhower students Makayla Cohee, 15, and Lauryn Cohee, 12, came for the traditional fair festivities. Makayla wanted to win a giant, stuffed gorilla, and Lauryn planned on getting an adrenaline rush on the spider ride. Pullicar said the girls would also get a taste of something new.

"They've never had any crawfish. They have to try it," Pullicar said. 

Cohee said they'd also go to car show, comprised of over 100 vehicles of all colors, makes and models. Dawn Dettlaff, a Coyle resident who grew up in the Lawton area, went to the car show and was surprised with a pair of keys to a Mustang that she didn't buy, nor register to win. 

Her husband, Donald Dettlaff, bought her the 1967 Mustang  the same Mustang her late father drove when she was young girl.

"He couldn't give me a better gift, except for my son," Dawn said.

As she sat in the seat of the Mustang, she cried as she reflected on memories of her father, who passed away several years ago.

"That's where he was most of the time  working on his car," she said. 

Their son, 9-year-old Deagun Dettlaff, a third grader at Coyle Elementary School, said he couldn't wait to take the car for a ride.

"I like how old it is and how cool it looks and how fast it is," he said. "We (my family and I) have always wanted a car like this."

Elgin resident Kevin Ambrose, a high school buddy of Dawn's late father, played an important role in finding the Mustang for the Dettlaffs. Ambrose said he and Dawn's late father drove their cars together. At the car show, their revamped Mustangs were parked side by side.

"I have a 1966 Mustang Fastback that I've had since I was 16," Ambrose said.

After helping Donald pull off the surprise, Ambrose said he ready to watch the burnout, one of the most popular events of the day, which festival-goers of all ages, including 3-year-old Kynlee Taylor, enjoyed.

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