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What does living in Oklahoma in the summer mean to you? Tag your summer pics with #SummerInThePlains, and we’ll collect them in a gallery on NewsOK.com and print our favorites in The Oklahoman over Labor Day weekend.

Whether it’s from the 1966 hit song or one of its many covers, we’re all familiar with the phrase, “Summer in the City.” But here at NewsOK we want to bring attention to a different kind of summer – a summer in the plains.

After some debate over whether Oklahoma physiographically constitutes as “in the plains” (we decided it didn’t matter since everyone knows Oklahoma is “where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plains”), that’s what we decided to name our latest Instagram contest.

So here we are. It’s July. Temperatures are faithfully skyrocketing into the 100s. Unless you’re blessed with 24-hour air-conditioning, if you’re like me your face is at least slightly moist with sweat from sunup until sundown. Pretty soon the humidity will make the air so thick you feel like you’re swimming when you walk outside. And if you’ve ever spent a summer in Oklahoma before, you know this is just the beginning — queue the mosquito bites.

But if you have spent a summer in Oklahoma, I hope you know there is so much more to the season than the heat. Growing up in Tulsa, summer for me meant discounted fountain drinks at Quik Trip, waiting in line among a swarm of preteens at Josh’s Sno Shack and an ungodly sunburn following a trip to Big Splash. Attending the University of Oklahoma in Norman, summer means a refreshingly empty campus, endless apartment pool swimming options and a spontaneous trip to Lake Thunderbird.

Through your Instagram photos, we hope to highlight your Oklahoma summer experiences — whether they’re good, bad, or a mix of the two making them all the more endearing. So tag #SummerInThePlains, and we’ll collect your best photos in a gallery on NewsOK.com and print a few of our favorites in The Oklahoman over Labor Day weekend.

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