• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Members of Limestone County commissioners court applaud for longtime County Fairgrounds supporters Arnold and Penny Gray as the couple presents a $5,800 check, a combination of donations from various entities, to commissioners court at its Dec. 12 meeting. Shown here, seated at front are Commissioners W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker and John McCarver; and standing, l-r, Commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen, and Penny and Arnold Gray.

County gets $5,825 Fairgrounds cash donation

And water tank donation moves closer to reality

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

A $5,825 donation was made to the Limestone County commissioners court for the Fairgrounds, in part through the efforts of longtime Fairgrounds supporters Arnold and Penny Gray. The couple spent much time sharing their vision for the Fairgrounds with others, inspiring many to donate toward that end. 

The Grays presented the check at the court’s Dec. 12 meeting, noting that it was the total of donations the couple had obtained from many sources.

“This is a check that Arnold and I have been working on for three years for horse stalls in the amount of $5,824.80,” Penny Gray said. “It represents donations from the city of Groesbeck, the city of Thornton, Joe Neason Contracting, Kosse Community Improvement Association; we’ve had some miscellaneous small donations when people would buy things and leave $10 and say, ‘Put it on the horse stalls’; and we’ve had several memorials.”

The court members applauded, and County Judge Daniel Burkeen expressed verbal gratitude to the Grays and the donors.

“We do appreciate that,” Burkeen said. “That’s a big addition out there, having these additional horse stalls. They’re up, they’re beautiful and they’re good quality. We appreciate all the work y’all have done, rounding up this money to help out and get this done, and really at no cost to the taxpayers.” 

He noted that some money for the horse stalls was coming from a special fund earmarked for economic development.

In another Fairgrounds matter, Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest told the court he had procured a discounted price to move a donated water tank from Troy to the Limestone County Fairgrounds. Clay Kimble, with Long Industries, offered to transport the tank, which requires escorts and permits because of its size: 16 feet by 15 feet, six inches.

Forrest said, Kimble would do the job for $2,100, which is $1,000 less than the regular price of $3,100.

If the tank were in perfect condition, it would cost $10,000-$15,000, but was slightly damaged when it was being delivered to the customer who originally ordered it, so it is no longer eligible to be sold. The damage, however, will not prevent its being used for capturing water from the roof of the show barn.

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