Columbia, MO (October 2, 2009)—The Boone County Commission has received a $1,000 grant from the Boone County Farm Bureau. The grant will be used for construction of the Sapp Building Arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
“The Farm Bureau is a supporter of projects that help the county’s youth and programs like 4-H and FFA,” said Boone County Farm Bureau Board President Brian Schnarre. “We hope to see more shows, events and activities for the youth to participate in as a result of the new arena.”
"I commend the Boone County Farm Bureau for supporting community efforts such as the Sapp Building arena," said Northern Boone County Commissioner Skip Elkin. "Their commitment to this project is greatly appreciated and will help to provide an immense benefit to the county for years to come.”
In 2007, a consulting firm identified a covered warm-up arena as the number one way to attract more events to the Boone County Fairgrounds and keep it competitive with other facilities in the area. In 2008, Billy and Glenda Sapp donated a 22,000-square foot building to the county to be used for the arena. The building was moved from its original location at the Community at Old Hawthorne to the Fairgrounds March 2009. The facility will be used as a covered warm-up arena for shows at the Fairgrounds and a resource for youth development organizations such as 4-H and FFA.
“We have already booked several new events at the Fairgrounds in anticipation of the arena,” said Fairgrounds manager George Harris. “It has been a long time coming to fill the need for this space. I expect to see improvement at the Fairgrounds as soon as the arena is completed.”
About Boone County Farm Bureau
The Boone County Farm Bureau is an organization of 1,804 member families and agribusinesses that promotes agriculture and youth programs and develops agricultural policy.