Fairgrounds Property (a.k.a. Central Missouri Event Center)
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.
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)|| |
|Cow Palace|| |
|Show Palace|| |
|Sheep Shelter|| |
|Hog Shelter|| |
|Outside Arena:|| |
|4-H Foundation|| |
|FFA Building|| |
|Sunrish Optimist (2)|| |
|Midway Optimist|| |
|Elks Concession|| |
|General Concession|| |
|Pork Producers|| |
|Shop/Helicopter Bldg.|| |
|Shower House|| |
|Restrooms (2)|| |
|MFA Building|| |
|Sapp Arena|| |