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INSIDE THE PROMENADE LOOKING NORTH. (all photos by jeff prince)

City leaders and Stock Show officials donned Western attire and said hokey stuff like “howdy y’all!” in speeches today to celebrate the latest renovations at the Will Rogers Memorial Center complex.

City Council members are compelled to dress up like drugstore cowboys every time they cut a ribbon at the Stock Show or a Stockyards event.

Why?

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Nobody knows.

More than 100 people showed up to see the renovations. The main attraction was the Tower Promenade, a 300-foot long covered walkway that stretches between Cattle Barns 1 and 2.

The arched pedestrian walkway gives visitors a break from the elements while walking between the new south parking lot and the Stock Show facilities.

THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN UNDERNEATH THE PROMENADE LOOKING SOUTH TOWARD THE PARKING LOTS.

Cattle Barn 2 has been renovated with new lighting, ventilation, and electrical enhancements, and now features a milking parlor.

Improvements were also made to the Stockman’s Café, hallways, and restrooms.

Total cost: $15.4 million.

Renovations in Cattle Barns 1, 3, and 4 are expected in the future.

THE NEW PROMENADE IS FLANKED BY CATTLE BARN 1 ON THE WEST AND CATTLE BARN 2 ON THE EAST.

 

 

 

 

YOU KNOW IT’S A PARTY WHEN ED BASS, BETSY PRICE, AND CITY COUNCILPERSON DENNIS SHINGLETON CUT A RIBBON WITH A BIG PAIR OF WOODEN SCISSORS.
THIS COW CAN’T WAIT TO TRY OUT THE NEW MILKING PARLOR.
THE EQUIPMENT IN THE NEW MILKING PARLOR IS READY AND WAITING FOR SOME TEATS. THEY NEED TEATS! STAT!
A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND HER COW WERE GIVEN THE HONOR OF BEING FIRST TO ENTER THE RENOVATED CATTLE BARN.
STOCK SHOW CHAIRMAN ED BASS AND MAYOR BETSY PRICE ENCOURAGE THE CROWD TO GO TOUR THE NEW FACILITIES.
SOUTH ENTRANCE TO THE PROMENADE.
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