It’s been a pretty ‘Fair’ upgrade
At the first “modern-era” fair in 1976, the brand-new Rockdale Fair Association inherited a Fair Park which hadn’t changed much since before World War II.
That didn’t last long. The RFA has transformed all aspects of the city- owned facility over three decades-plus.
Every change has been funded by the RFA, then donated to the city and its taxpayers.
Here’s a par tial list of the improvements/additions since that first “modern-era” fair in 1976:
1976—Race track starting gate, fence and bleachers.
1977— Original livestock barn expansion, race track horse stalls.
1983—Sound equipment, tables.
1985—New HD Clubhouse.
1986—Building 100 (headquarters restroom, walk-in cooler).
1990—New women’s restroom, livestock barn fence and gates.
1995 — Livestock barn fence and gates.
1996—Show barn and livestock barn expansion, new concession stand and restrooms.
1998—Rodeo arena bleachers expanded and covered.
2000—Livestock area improvements.
2001— Built southeast park gate gazebo shelter.
2003—Rebuilt token booth, purchased Mill Street house and lot.
2006— Show barn area rail - ings.
2010—New pens building east side of livestock barn, completed barbecue area electrical work.