A new safety fence has been installed at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds separating spectators from animals being displayed in the livestock showing arena.

The Texas County Fair will hold a hog roast and auction Saturday, Oct. 13, to raise funds for improvements at its facilities at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds on North U.S. 63.

The meal includes meat, potato salad, baked beans, chips, dessert and drinks. There will be smoked lamb and goat in addition to the hog. The event begins at 5 p.m.

Improvements planned include fixing a leaky dairy barn roof, bathroom repairs and updates, continuation of pipe fence around the arena for safety and fixing a water leak underground.

The fair board also is selling 20-foot continuous pipe fencing panels with an engraved plaque for $150. The panels will be set in the ground and welded to enclose the livestock facilities to prevent an animal from escaping.

Last year’s event generated about $5,000. New hog pens were built, a large pipe fence was erected in front of spectator seating on the north end of the livestock pavilion, a poultry barn completed, a new computer system purchased, a trench with drainage pipe was put in place to facilitate water run-off and the 4-H cook shack updated.

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