• Fairgrounds sign
  • Fairgrounds coliseum
  • Fairgrounds animal show pavilions
  • Fairgrounds outdoor arena
  • Fairgrounds horse barns
  • Fairgrounds building

Fairgrounds Property (a.k.a. Central Missouri Event Center)

5212 N. Oakland Gravel Rd.

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Acres: 135

Park Hours: Closed to the public*
* The property is currently under lease agreements until December 31, 2022

By mutual agreement, Boone County will transfer property ownership in 2020 of the 135-acre property known as Boone County Fairgrounds (a.k.a. Central Missouri Event Center) to the City of Columbia for “public recreation and entertainment purposes” with the understanding the property would come under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department.

At the time of the property transfer, there were existing leases with Veterans United and UPS. The leases, which are scheduled to expire December 31, 2022, were also transfered to the City of Columbia, as part of the agreement. Therefore, the property is closed to the public until the leases expire, with the exception of the Boone County Fair when an operating agreement for the fair is executed with the City of Columbia.

During the timeframe of the leases, Columbia Parks and Recreation will be conducting public input meetings to develop a master plan for the property and to identify possible funding sources for property improvements.  To receive updates on the planning process and notifications of public meetings for the fairgrounds property, sign up for the “Fairgrounds Property Planning” webmail

The agreement between Boone County and the City of Columbia allows for continued use of 23 acres of the property for the Boone County Fair for a period of at least 10 days per year, pending an operating agreement between the City of Columbia and Boone County Fair, Inc.

For  more information, see the City Council legislation related to the transfer of the fairgrounds property ownership.

Aerial map of the fairgrounds propertyopens IMAGE file


Buildings on Site

In 2001, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism – University of Missouri did a “Site and Space Analysisopens PDF file ” that included an inventory of the buildings on site, listing 21 buildings.   The list of buildings below is taken from that report. (Building dimensions and features have not been verified by Parks and Recreation.) The Manager’s Residence is no longer on site and has been removed from the list. The Sapp Arena was constructed in 2009, after the 2001 inventory was conducted, and has been added to the list.

Building Description Dimensions / Features
Horse Barns (4)
  • 3 @ 60 ft. x 120 ft.
  • 1 @ 72 ft. x 120 ft.
  • Each with 56, 1-2 equine stalls
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Cow Palace
  • 60 ft. x 120 ft.
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Show Palace
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Sheep Shelter
  • 72 ft. x 120 ft.
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Hog Shelter
  • 60 ft. x 120 ft.
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Outside Arena:
  • 150 ft. x 100 ft.
  • 13 bleachers holding 300 people each
  • General Use: the rodeo
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Coliseum
  • Total Area: 88,000 square feet
  • Amenities: heated dirt arena (115′ x 235′), 2 restrooms with showers, 5 public telephones, sound room, gift shop, concession stand, main office, show office, storage , a 22,000 sq. ft. multipurpose room
  • Facility Use: Activities such as animal, antique, craft and gun shows, and concerts
  • ADA Accessible: NO
4-H Foundation
  • 60 ft. x 120 ft.
  • ADA Accessible: NO
FFA Building
  • 58 ft. x 71 ft.
  • General Use: FFA storage
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Sunrish Optimist (2)
  • 24 x 40 ft.
  • General Use: concession stand
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Midway Optimist
  • 24 ft. x 40 ft.
  • General Use: concession stand
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Elks Concession
  • Total Area: 30 ft. x 50 ft.
  • General Use: concession
  • ADA Accessible: NO
General Concession
  • Total Area: 30 ft. x 50 ft.
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Pork Producers
  • Total Area: 30 ft. x 50 ft.
  • General Use: concession stand 
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Grandstands
  • Total Area: 150 ft. x 400 ft.
  • 2,400 person capacity
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Shop/Helicopter Bldg.
  • 100 ft. x 120 ft.
  • General Use: general storage
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Shower House
  • 30 ft. x 50 ft.
  • Amenities: 3 showers
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Restrooms (2)
  • 24 ft. x 40 ft.
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Hangar
  • 60 ft. x 350 ft.
  • General Use: storage and rental use
  • ADA Accessible: NO
MFA Building
  • 75 ft. x 220 ft.
  • ADA Accessible: NO
Sapp Arena
  • Located between the coliseum and the 4 horse barns
  • Constructed in 2009

Fairgrounds History

Capital Improvement Projects and Other Council Items