This year’s National Swine Registry Fall Classic is on track to be the biggest show the city of Duncan has seen yet. The self-proclaimed “Largest swine show in the world” will be taking place next weekend at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center and the excitement is spreading amongst the staff at the fairgrounds.
“We are really excited for show to kick off next week,” Mike Anderson, director of the Stephens County fairgrounds, said. “Our staff has been working hard and happy at the turnout we are expecting.”
Anderson has been knee deep in Fall Classic preparations since he became Director in the beginning of October. The staff at the fairgrounds have been tracking record entries for the event and have been preparing for onslaught of hogs and swine being deployed to the Fall Classic.
“We are preparing for a record number of entries registered for the show,” Anderson said. “Our parking lot will be overflowing and there will be no room for anything.”
The fairgrounds staff set up 1,437 pens initially to handle the hog and calf flow but that number proven to be inadequate. More pens were borrowed from the Comanche County Fairgrounds and the horse stalls prepared for the Rising Stars Calf Roping event the following week are being set up for calves to be housed in.
“We expect all the hotel rooms in Duncan and in the local area to be filled up coming up next week,” Anderson said. “Duncan will be busy with people and reap the benefits of it financially.”
Since the beginning of October, a cleaning crew has been working on the Expo Center, giving it the first deep cleaning it has received since it was opened seven years ago. The Expo Center will also be receiving a renovation for its concession stand to handle the masses faster and more efficiently.
The crowd will start appearing on Nov. 15, Anderson said, with the fairgrounds open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, for arrival of early entries. All entries must be in the barn by 9 a.m. on Nov. 18. with the Weanling Pig Sift at 5 p.m.
The south arena will host the Yorkshire, Hampshire, Duroc and Crossbred Boar show starting at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 19. The Chester White, Poland, Spot and Berkshire show taking place at the Main Arena at 8 a.m. Ending the night will be Selection of the Champion and Female Weanling Pig Prospects at 5:30 p.m. with the Fabulous Female Show to follow.
Nov. 20 will start with the Yorkshire, Hampshire, Duroc boars and gilts and Crossbred boar sales in Ring A of the Main Arena at 9 a.m. The selection of the champion male weanling pig prospects will be at 5 p.m. followed by the All Male Weanling Pig Sale at 5:30 p.m.
Ring B will be occupied by the Chester White, Poland, Spot, Berkshire sales starting at 9:30 p.m.
— Joshua Kellogg is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 142, or via e-mail at email@example.com.