Lufkin expo center undergoing facelift

Burt Hairgrove, Expo Center Director
Burt Hairgrove, Expo Center Director

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The George H. Henderson Expo Center in Lufkin is getting a major makeover.

Crews were delivering new bucking shoots, holding pens, working pens, and roping shoots to the facility Wednesday morning.

The inside and outside of the expo center along with the barns and pavilion will get a new coat of paint.

The director said they will also remodel the bathrooms and install a commercial kitchen in the concessions.

The more than $1 million worth of renovations was made possible through the Lions Club, a grant from the Temple Foundation, and the Kurth Foundation.

"I think just in the community, you tend to think well it's just the Expo Center," Expo Center Director Burt Hairgrove said. "The more facility managers that I talk to in other parts of the country, it lets me know we've got a first-class facility here. We seat 6,800 people. We've got the capacity to put on a big event and along with the support we get from the community, we're ready for a great 2012."

Hairgrove said the new rodeo equipment will be safer for both people and livestock.

He said the old pens and shoots were nearly 27 years old. They were brought to the building when the facility was first constructed.

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