ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – Unveiling the new livestock barn and covered arena expansion, the community was able to see phase one of the improvements to the Taylor County Expo Center. It’s all part of the $55,000,000 bond election from November 2016.
“The feeling is unreal. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am about this,” Expo Center General Manager Rochelle Johnson said.
The new livestock barn, replacing one built in the 1950’s, is two football fields long and one football field wide.
“This will also double we can use it for horse shows. Any type of horse show whether it be a team roping, barrel racing, cutting horse show. As a matter of fact we have a brand new show that’s coming in the end of September that’s the National Snaffle Bit association,” Johnson said.
It has 500 pens to accommodate smaller animals and more than 700 cattle ties that can be replaced by horse stalls.
“So this is going to allow us to do so much more,” Johnson said.
Expo Center officials also unveiled the expansion to the covered outdoor arena.
“We took out the big bleachers that were in here and poured some more concrete then extended the building over to the West and we extended it to the North as well,” Johnson said.
It adds 180 stalls to the facility.
“We’re really excited about this addition with all of the new stalls that we have and the 216 stalls we have over in our large pole barn we’ll have right at 1200 stalls which is what you need when you’re looking to attract really big shows,” Johnson said.
With these additions and improvements, Expo Center officials believe the shows coming into the facilities will continue to grow.
“It’s just going to be able to open up to us a lot of opportunities to bring in some bigger events than we’ve been able to attract before because of the conditions of the facility,” Johnson said.
They also added RV hookups and the first show to break in the new facility will be the West Texas Fair and Rodeo in two weeks.