WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – The Williamson County Expo Center formerly known as the East Williamson County Events Center opened its facility Saturday morning.
The doors opened to the public with a grand opening renovation celebration. The event was free to the public with live music from local musicians and food samples from community restaurants and caterers, including a horse show performance by the Williamson 4-H Hoofpicks.
The new Williamson County Expo Center was approved by voters in the 2013 bond election and broke ground on Sept. 25, 2015, costing the voter approved park bonds $12.4 million.
The Williamson County Commissioners Court was chosen to do the ribbon cutting ceremony that was held on Thursday. The new expo center is more than 45,000 square feet and its facilities include an arena, expo halls, a covered outdoor expo hall, conference rooms and an administrative offices area where the event holder can gather and check-in guests before entering the expo hall space.
“We are very excited to be celebrating the completion of this beautiful facility,” Williamson County Expo Center General Manager Clint Chitsey said. “The new expo center will be able to host not just larger events such as livestock shows, rodeos, farmers’ markets, banquets, concerts, proms, and festivals, but also smaller or more intimate events like weddings, family reunions, trainings, meetings, and more.”
Chitsey says the construction took about a year.
The new expo center will not charge for parking and will be up to the event holder to decide parking charges.
“It is really a very versatile combination of spaces indoor and outdoor — that offers many options for different types of events,” Chitsey said.