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It’s been a pretty ‘Fair’ upgrade

RFA provides 35 years of Park improvements
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor


No bigger project at Fair Park than construction of a new pavilion, replacing a much smaller structure which looked like this (inset). 
Reporter/Mike Brown No bigger project at Fair Park than construction of a new pavilion, replacing a much smaller structure which looked like this (inset). Reporter/Mike Brown When thousands of people gather at Fair Park for the 36th annual Rockdale Fair Oct. 20-22, only a few “old timers” will realize just how much the park has changed.

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.


No area at park has been improved more than show barn-livestock complex which underwent major expansion and improvements in 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2010. Inset, remember the way the old, small show barn looked in 1981? No area at park has been improved more than show barn-livestock complex which underwent major expansion and improvements in 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2010. Inset, remember the way the old, small show barn looked in 1981? 1980— New park perimeter fence, blue building (ticket booth) constructed.

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.


The beat goes on but the past is still preserved. Newest major building, housing stock pens (L), was completed last year. Rock bases of 19th century kiosks (R) were preserved during remodeling efforts. The beat goes on but the past is still preserved. Newest major building, housing stock pens (L), was completed last year. Rock bases of 19th century kiosks (R) were preserved during remodeling efforts. 2002—Resurfaced road, painted buildings, installed railings, replaced rodeo pens wire.

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.



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