It only makes since agriculture plays such an integral role in visitor development for Stillwater given it also played such an important part of our local history and culture. We have a gem on the east side of town that hosts hundreds of events that attract thousands of visitors annually.
The Payne County Expo Center is our most versatile event and meeting space and can accommodate anything from livestock events and rodeos to weddings and conferences – sometimes even occurring at the same time.
The Payne County Expo Center is probably most widely known as the home for the Payne County Fair. However, in addition to a total of 85,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a rodeo arena was also recently added. And thanks to the outstanding facilities and the do-whatever-it-takes positive attitude of an outstanding staff, we are fortunate to also host regional and national shows that draw visitors who often stay over a week in our community.
It’s not unusual to experience a rabbit show, craft festival, and goat sale all within a few steps. This type of multi-event set up is just a typical day-in-the-life of a Payne County Expo Center team member. Here are a few other events to have on your radar for the upcoming year.
GAUXPRO Performance Horses and Margaux Tucker (previous OSU Spirit Rider) will host the RideStrong Clinic Series to educate, motivate, and provide opportunities for all levels of riders to network and to participate in the equine sports of recreational and competitive riding and trail maneuvers.
Another truly unique event at the Payne County Expo Center is the annual Cowboy Country Farm Toy Show, which ensues each fall season. The toy show is for collectors and toy enthusiasts to display and sell agriculture related memorabilia and farm toys.
The OSU Rodeo Team and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University present The Cowboy Stampede in October – a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeo. The Cowboy Stampede includes multiple events each evening of the competition such as bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, and many more.
The Central Regional Rabbit Show occurs in November and hosts the American Rabbit Breeders Association who have over 23,000 members throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Members range from the pet owner with one rabbit or cavy to the commercial raiser with several hundred animals. The rabbit show is free and open to the public!
We want to encourage you to stay in the know about what the Payne County Expo team is up to and keep up-to-date on the events they host and facilitate throughout the year. You will be surprised with how many activities there are, and your appreciation for such a great community asset should most certainly be celebrated with a funnel cake and fresh squeezed lemonade in August!