The Duncan Banner

March 16, 2014

Auto swap meet enters eighth year at fairgrounds

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — When the Duncan Auto Swap Meet came to an end in March 2013, nearly 300 vendors had pre-registered for the 2014 event.

This year’s eighth-annual event will begin with a set-up day Thursday, and items will be sold Friday and Saturday at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

This is the third year for the current event organizers, all of whom are area firefighters.

Kevin Hammack, one of three organizers, said a lot of work goes into the event every year, but the event is a labor of love.

Hammack said the event has been embraced by people in the community, which is evident by the continual growth of the event.

“It’s been a good deal,” Hammack said. “Last year, we had about 650 booths sold by the end of the week. It probably grows about 10 percent each year. I think that’s a pretty good factor.”

The event was founded and originally coordinated by Zack Thornton in 2007.

When Thornton no longer had time to plan the event, Hammack was one of three organizers who  stepped up to take over the event. They didn’t want to see the event go away.

“We wanted an opportunity to keep it going,” he said.

While there has been a focus on continuing to grow the event, Hammack said the organizers are cautious. An increase in vendors also means an increase in competition.

To offset such growth, the organizers also are focused on increasing the number of people shopping at the event.

“We want the same growth in vendors as people coming to shop,” Hammack said. “We don’t want to outgrow our audience.”

The organizers have attended other swap meets to see how each event is different, as well as getting the word out about Duncan’s event. The response from people has been positive.

“If the weather’s nice, there’s not an end to what we can do,” Hammack said.