BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The Brazos County Expo is turning a long-time goal into a reality this week by hosting the 57th annual Texas State 4H Horse Show.
For the last 35 years, the event has been hosted in Abilene, but the Brazos County Expo won the bid last year.
"It was one of the major events they wanted to bring here," said Carl Kolbe, the general manager of the Brazos County Expo.
Kolbe says the 2017 expansion of the Expo gave them the space they needed to host.
"Gave us enough room, enough arenas, enough stall space to house the 4H Horse Show so we went after it," said Kolbe.
After a livestock show on July 4th weekend, they had to get the space turned around in two weeks.
"Got everything ready, got the stalls set, got the arenas ready- we have three arenas out here that they're using, plus got the facility clean," said Kolbe.
For the next seven days, 325 competitors and close to 450 horses will be in town.
"It is so amazing because I have so many new opportunities here," said competitor Mckenzie Duggin.
The event will run through July 27 and is free for the public. It's estimated to bring in more than $1 million to our economy.
The Brazos County Expo will be hosting the Texas State 4H Horse Show for the next five years.