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March 28, 2013

Auto swap meet to return to fairgrounds

DUNCAN — A cold Easter weekend may not deter people from heading out to the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

About 400 vendors have signed up to participate in the seventh annual Duncan Automotive Swap Meet, which runs Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds. Vendors will begin setting up for the event Thursday.

“We’re ready,” Kevin Hammack, one of the event organizers, said. “We’re excited to get it underway.”

The auto swap meet was founded in 2006, by Empire native Zack Thornton. In recent years, Thornton stepped down from planning the event, handing it over to a group of area firefighters, including Hammack.

Since it’s inception, the event has featured various booths relating to automobiles, whether its cars or accessories. This year’s swap meet will run in the same format as previous years, Hammack said.

He said pre-registration numbers are strong, and people are starting to check in for the event. Friday’s hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, booths will be open from 7 a.m. until the event wraps.

Last year, the event sold more than 550 spots for the event. In the days leading up to last year’s event, Duncan received 2.75 inches of rain. But the weather cleared up for the weekend.

Hammack said there will be a live radio broadcast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the swap meet. He said there will also be cash drawings throughout the event for vendors.

He said the event has continued to grow, and he’s excited to get the event kick-started for its seventh year.

“We’ve already set the date for the eighth annual,” Hammack said.

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