• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Limestone County Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis inspects the new changing rooms at the show barn, which are directly across from the women’s restrooms. The changing rooms are just one of several improvements at the Fairgrounds intended to make it more attractive to potential customers.

Changing rooms go up at Fairgrounds

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Another project to improve the Limestone County Fairgrounds has been implemented, which is building changing rooms for the competitors who use the facility, and other improvements are in the works.

Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis credits longtime Fairgrounds supporter Penny Gray with coming up with the idea. Until now, contestants have had to change in the restrooms.

Gray was appointed in 2016 to head up a committee to develop ideas to improve the Fairgrounds, making the facility more attractive, not only to local youth, who frequently use the show barn, but also to potential customers, groups that might rent the Fairgrounds for their activities.

“This idea started a couple of years ago,” Ellis said. “Ms. Gray mentioned that it would be nice, especially for the ladies, to have a place to change other than the women’s restroom. So the idea was born from that, and we’ve been working on it ever since.”

As with other Fairgrounds projects, Ellis pointed out, he and others close to the Fairgrounds looked for donors who would provide the funds so taxpayer money would not be neeed.

“We kept talking about it and designed it,” Ellis said. “What it evolved to was two small rooms, about six feet by six feet, the equivalent to dressing rooms in a retail store for example. It’s a nice little addition; it will be great for the girls, for the kids to use, to have a place to go into that’s private.”

The changing rooms were installed in the hallway of the show barn where the women’s restrooms are located, not to indicate that they are only for women, he said, but because that was the best space for them. Each room will have a bench, a coat rack and a mirror.

“It’s nothing extravagant, but they will be well lighted,” Ellis said.

Two Groesbeck banks donated to construct the changing rooms: The Groesbeck branch of Citizens State Bank donated $2,100, and Farmers State Bank donated $2,500.

The rooms were constructed in mid-November, and the electricity was being installed Nov. 20. After that, the carpenters will finish the paneling, and the fixtures will be added.

“It’s part of our plan to improve the Fairgrounds, however we can, at the least possible expense,” Ellis said, “and we really appreciate the Citizens State Bank and Farmer State Bank donating money for this. It was really nice of them.”

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