Possible horse stalls found for Fairgrounds
By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer
Plans for installing additional horse stalls in the show barn of the Limestone County Fairgrounds are moving slowly, but in a forward direction. Also, a committee whose goal is to find ways to improve the Fairgrounds is proceeding with plans to add two dressing rooms at the show barn.
County commissioners heard an update on the horse stall project at their July 25 meeting from Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis.
Ellis said he had found a good price on some horse stalls from a company called Saratoga Stalls, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The company was offering up to 20 lightly used portable horse stalls, located in Houston, for $900 a set. The total price would be $18,000 plus about $1,000 for freight.
“The best price we had, had so far was between $1,300 and $1,500 a stall,” Ellis told the court.
He expressed concern, however, that the stall walls were solid and might not have enough air circulation for comfort. The company, however, also builds stalls with open spaces in the walls, and those would cost just under $1,000 per stall. Also, the county could buy some now and some later, he pointed out.
“I think we might be talking to the right company here as far as price goes,” Ellis said.
He reminded the court that former Limestone County Fair Association members Arnold and Penny Gray had garnered about $5,800 in donations from the community for the Fairground upgrades.
Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest asked whether anyone had approached the Economic Development corporations of either Mexia or Groesbeck about putting up money for this project. Ellis said he thought the Grays had approached them but he did not know whether they had been successful in getting any funds from them.
When contacted later, Groesbeck EDC Executive Director T.K. Presley said that to her knowledge no one had been in contact with the Groesbeck EDC in regard to Fairground projects. Mexia EDC Director Susan Cates likewise said she had not been asked about donating toward the additional stalls.
Penny Gray clarified that several years ago she and her husband requested funds directly from Groesbeck, Mexia, Thornton, Kosse and Coolidge. Groesbeck and Thornton donated funds, while Kosse said they didn’t have the funds to give but offered to let the Fair Association use their community center at no cost if they wanted to hold a fundraiser there. The Grays also received a donation from the Kosse Community Improvement Association.
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