Impact of events center closing causing concern

Sep 30, 2014

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

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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 reports 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 says it still plans to hold the fair on the property next year but it might be a smaller event.