WILLAMSON COUNTY, TX — Officials are celebrating $4.5 million in new improvements to the Williamson County Expo Center that includes the addition of a 44,000-square-foot pavilion.
This new space will give the Williamson County Expo Center the ability to increase its capacity to host larger events such as multiple-day horse shows, cattle shows and sales, equipment trainings and conferences and fundraisers, county officials said in an advisory. The improvements were funded with voter-approved park bonds, officials reminded.
“The Expo Center with its new improvements is a tremendous asset to all of Central Texas and a true spectator destination for large events,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles said in a prepared statement. “We want to thank the residents of Williamson County for their overwhelming support of this facility through our Park Bond program.”
The pavilion is a pre-engineered, metal building with a dirt floor that can be used in a variety of ways to host everything from livestock shows and cattle sales to RV shows, officials said. The pavilion has 200 horse stalls that can be assembled or taken down to open up the entire space for major events. It also has two sets of wash racks for livestock on both ends of the pavilion. In addition to the pavilion, the improvements include new restroom facilities and a concession stand that were added to the east side of the arena and will provide more options for visitors to large events.
“The new pavilion is a wonderful addition to what the Expo Center has to offer,” General Manager Clint Chitsey said in a prepared statement. “It increases our capacity to host larger events, as well as allows us to host multiple events at the same time. Operationally, it improves efficiencies by reducing staff time to set-up and tear-down stalls.”
Added Senior Director of Parks and Recreation Russell Fishbeck: “As we complete another phase of the Expo Center Master Plan, the vision for this facility comes into focus. We have more improvements coming including a covered performance arena on the west side. With two covered arenas, the pavilion is a critical piece to what the Expo Center can offer.”
The Williamson County Fair Association’s Fall Futurity livestock show is one of the first large events to be held in the new pavilion in October, officials said. In addition, the Williamson County Livestock Association will use the pavilion for their show in December, county officials added.