Due to the Columbus Day holiday, The Stephens County Commissioners met one day later than usual for a regular meeting during which they approved regularly scheduled business items.

In opening the Tuesday morning meeting, the county board approved regular monthly reports including county officer monthly reports for September 2021, as well as the quarterly general ledger report for the period ending Sept. 30, 2021, as presented to the Board by the Stephens County Treasurer.

Next, the county board adopted a declaration of surplus resolution for certain pieces of equipment on behalf of the of the Stephens County Sheriff and the jail, with a list of items available in the County Clerk’s Office. The board, as a result, also approved a resolution for disposing of equipment for certain items declared surplus on behalf of the Stephens County Sheriff and the jail, and these items are to be junked with a list of said items available in the County Clerk’s Office.

Then, the commissioners approved to execute a County Deed Property acquired at resale as submitted by the Stephens County Treasurer in regards to a tract of land described as the E 10’ Lot 15, Block 40, Head Addition to the City of Duncan, Stephens County, State of Oklahoma.

Furthermore, Commissioner Russell Morgan gave his update on the fairgrounds.

Morgan said they are ready with a job for each district on Oct. 18 to prepare for the next large event at the fairgrounds. That event, according to Morgan, is the National Swine Registry’s Fall Classic, which will see nearly 1,400 hog pens assembled to hold all of the entries.

This weekend, Duncan and the Stephens County Fairgrounds will play host to the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo on Thursday, Oct. 14, Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds.

The rodeo, celebrating 10 years in Duncan, starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly with steer roping set for 9 am. Friday, Oct. 15. Friday will also mark Tough Enough to Wear Pink night and Saturday will be Back the Blue night.

Adults are $12 advanced or $15 at the door and kids are $8 advanced or $10 at the door. Ages three and under are free.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Taylor Le Norman / McCasland Cancer Center. For

For more on the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, visit www.prairiecircuitfinalsrodeo.com.

The next scheduled event, and the most highly anticipated week of the year in Duncan, will see the hog show stampede into Duncan the following weekend. This year’s NSR Fall Classic will fill up town from Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 23.

The highly coveted event will bring 500 hogs, from little piglets to champion studs, to the area to find potential buyers. It also generates a whopping $2 million in direct economic impact for the county as a result of increased use of local hotels, restaurants and retail businesses, each of which will reap the reward of increased foot traffic from those visiting as far away Florida, California, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas and Colorado. It’s anticipated at least 38 of the lower 48 states will have representation.

The earliest entries may arrive at 8 a.m. on Oct. 20, with two days of shows following ahead of the big money making sale on Oct. 23. The sale will begin at 9 a.m.

For more on the NSR Fall Classic, visit https://nationalswine.com/events/shows/fall-classic/fc-main.php.

In other news, the County Commission approved:

• Two future date contracts for fairground rental agreements, including one for the Southwest District Bible Missionary Church event in the Harvest Room on Dec. 3, and one for the Michael Miears Antique Auction event in Territory Hall on Jan. 28-29, 2022.

The Stephens County Commissioners meeting will convene again at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 in their office of the Stephens County Courthouse, located at 101 S. 11th Street.

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