Ringling, Oklahoma was founded in 1914, and was originally an oil town. Named for John Ringling, of Ringling Bros. Circus fame, the town was connected to Ardmore by a railroad spur that John Ringling had built.  The plan was to winter the animals in Ringling during the circus off season, but the climate was not conducive, so no circus animals were ever brought to the town.

    Ringling is located on the east side of Jefferson County at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and State Highway 89.   Businesses are located in two main districts – one on US Highway 70 and the other on Main Street. With a charming western atmosphere, the town has been in existence 96 years. Built in 1915, the water tower has become a landmark.

   Ringling’s largest employer is the Ringling Public School district. The school system offers a well-rounded education for pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The district covers a geographical area of over 250 square miles.

  Currently Ringling’s main industry is cattle ranching, with an increase in oil and gas as a secondary industry.

   Ringling’s original newspaper actually dates back to before the town was founded. The Cornish News which dates back to 1909, was succeeded by The Ringling News which was established at about the same time the town was founded.

   Current editor and publisher, Melissa Grace, purchased the publication in 1991, from Leon Gleason, who edited the newspaper for almost 35 years.

   Grace, who worked with Gleason for a year before purchasing the publication, said she loves being in the Ringling community. “Probably my favorite part of being ‘the newspaper lady’ has been all the people I’ve worked with on staff here and in the community,” Grace said.

Easter Egg Hunt – Set Annually

Ringling Community Benefit Roping - First full weekend in June

Independence Day Celebration – Set Annually.

The Great Steaks Race – Saturday before Labor Day, 7:30 a.m.

      Race Day registration begins at 6:00 a.m., Main Street

Western Day - Last Saturday in September - All Day, Main Street

Community Thanksgiving Dinner - Thanksgiving Day 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.,

      Ringling First Baptist Church

Christmas Parade - Set Annually

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