Built in 1983, the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center complex was constructed for $2 million and funded from private contributions. When constructed it was the largest pre-engineered clear span building in the United States! It has been copied by many cities since its completion.

Since its construction, the Expo has continued to grow, adding additional parking for over 3,500 vehicles, fourteen industrial size overhead fans in our arena keep our visitors comfortable. We also offer a 62,500 sq. ft. open air pavilion with 100’x200′ arena.

This is East Texas’ premiere multipurpose event venue! Located in Lufkin, Texas, off Loop 287 in the heart of the Pineywoods. We’re conveniently located between Houston, Dallas & Shreveport, and host event sponsors from all around the state.

Situated on 36 acres, we have room for almost any event you can imagine! Whether you’re looking for a championship rodeo, great music or a big top circus, we are the venue that can host it! We’re home to the Texas State Forest Festival, the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo, Angelina County Fair and dozens of annual events that both entertain our community and continue to stimulate the local area businesses.

Main Building

The main building is a 90,000 sq. ft. clear span building containing a 110′ X 255′ arena, permanent seating for 6,950, four sets of restrooms, five concession stands, a special events room, three offices available for tenant use and a 30′ X 40′ announcer stand overlooking the arena. A 24′ X 40′ portable stage is available for concert performances.

Special Events Room

The special events room is an 8,000 sq. ft. glass fronted room located in the main building overlooking the arena. The room is climate controlled and can accommodate 200 people. It also has two serving areas, restrooms and is handicap accessible.


The pavilion is a 62,500 sq. ft. open air building. It has been used to host many events ranging from livestock shows, company picnics, flea markets, boat shows, and corporate events. The building contains a 100’X200′ arena and portable seating for 200 people. The building also contains an animal wash rack, restrooms with showers and a concession stand. The building also has 80 10’x10′ portable horse stalls.


Four 140’x140′ barns offer access to restrooms, an animal wash rack, and up to 96 portable horse stalls in each. These open-air structures serve as car show floor space, food courts and exhibitor areas for livestock.

Other Amenities
  • RV Hookups – 84 available with water, 20 and 30 amp service.
  • Catering & Concessions – The Expo operates all food and beverage concessions. We have five total available, to ensure your event visitors are well-fed and hydrated!
  • Parking – Room for 3,500 vehicles, including overflow parking on both the west and east side grass areas.
  • Personnel – Helpful and friendly staff available to assist you with planning your next event!
Physical Address:

1200 Ellen Trout Dr.
Lufkin, TX  75901

  • Phone 936-637-3976
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