Impact of Central Missouri Events Center closing causing concern

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Tuesday, September 30 2014 Sep 30, 2014 Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:22:00 AM CDT September 30, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - Boone County officials and some vendors said they are concerned the closing of the Central Missouri Events Center could hurt the region's economy.

The center, formerly known as the Boone County Fairground, will hold only a few events before closing shortly after Thanksgiving. The decision came after county voters in August soundly defeated a proposed eight-cent sales tax to support the center, other county parks and economic development.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported a gun show and a barrel racing event are all that's left on the center's calendar. The center hosted events including animal shows to automotive swap shops and a cowboy church.

The County Fair Board said it still plans to hold the fair on the property next year but it might be a smaller event.

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