The Duncan Banner

November 17, 2013

Hogs to arrive Wednesday for National Fall Classic

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Old U.S. Highway 81 may noticeable become busier Wednesday morning as trailers carrying hogs line up to get into the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

The annual National Swine Registry Fall Classic begins with registration at 8 a.m. Wednesday, although Mike Anderson, fairgrounds director, said people may start lining up as early as midnight and stay in line until noon.

“This is the biggest event we have coming in every year, and it’s one we look forward to every year,” Anderson said.

The Fair & Expo Center staff members have been working to get the fairgrounds ready for the show. Anderson said the fairgrounds have mostly been ready for about a week.

Many of the hog pens and the show arena are ready for Wednesday’s arrival. Anderson said the past week has been spent finishing with the hog pens and tasking registrations for RVs.

“After so many years having it, we’re ahead of the game,” Anderson said. “There’s always something that jumps up. But for the most part, we’re ready.”

Anderson said the people running the National Swine Registry show have been easy to work with over the years. He said they have a good understanding of all the work that goes into setting up for the sizable show, and he appreciates the help they supply.

He said the great working relationship between the Fair & Expo Center and the National Swine Registry is one reason the show keeps returning to Duncan. Anderson said Stephens County residents also welcoming to visitors with the National Swine Registry.

“It’s such a laid back atmosphere here,” Anderson said. “People treat them like they want them to be here, which we do. They know we’re going to do our jobs.”

Anderson said there’s usually more than a mile or two miles of trailers lined up each year for registration. He said this is a good sign for Stephens County because the event brings a lot of money into the area.

He said this is an event people look forward to each year, and he’s glad the fairgrounds can offer such entertainment.

“It makes you feel good they’re excited to get here,” Anderson said.