Friday, January 3, 2013 —
The Stanly County Board of Commissioners approved fundraising and development of phase one for a livestock arena for the grounds of the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.
Following a successful weekend of livestock shows during the Friends of the Agri-Civic Center’s (FACC) “Stanly County Agri-Civic Day” in August, an Arena Steering Committee was formed to explore the feasibility, development and fundraising for a livestock arena.
The committee members are: Jim Cameron, Stanly County Cattlemen’s Asso-ciation; Curtis Furr, FACC; Marcus Harward, Stanly County Cattlemen’s Association; Steve Lemons, Livestock agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension; Reggie Medlin, FACC; Candice Moffitt, director, Stanly County Agri-Civic Center; and Frank Simpson, Stanly County Cattlemen’s Asso-ciation.
The Stanly County Agri-Civic Center master site plan that was proposed in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s included an arena, test plots, farmer’s market and an office building featuring auditorium and classroom space.
Most of the components of the original plan have never been developed.
The Arena Steering Committee’s plan, approved by the commissioners, is to raise funds through donations, grants and corporate gifts to build an arena facility that is attractive, functional, sustainable and will meet the needs of agricultural groups in Stanly and surrounding counties.
The arena will be completed in several phases as fundraising goals are met.
Phase one will be an open shelter, measuring approximately 100’x150’.
This phase will cost an estimated $150,000-200,000 to complete.
Future improvements will be proposed as estimates are received and fundraising targets are set.
Expansion plans include bathrooms, concession area storage and multi-purpose meeting spaces.
These improvements will open doors for diversification of the types of events that may be hosted at the arena.
Friends of the Agri-Civic Center (FACC), a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, will support fundraising efforts by accepting tax-deductible donations for the project.
The Arena Steering Committee is working on developing a corporate sponsorship program for phase one that will be available to large donors for naming rights of the space.
Individual donations are also encouraged and appreciated.
“I have been fortunate to travel to many livestock facilities throughout the state and country and I am extremely excited for the livestock arena to be built in Stanly County as it is very much needed in our area.”
“This arena will allow youth in our county and surrounding areas to have the opportunity to participate in agricultural and livestock activities, an area that is important to the advancement of our county and state as agriculture is still our number one industry. For me personally, showing livestock is one of the best things I have ever been a part of and I am very thankful that Stanly County supports this opportunity,” said Brooke Harward, daughter of Marcus and Patty Harward, N.C. State student and youth livestock exhibitor.
For more information about the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, call (704) 986-3666, or visit the website at www.stanlyciviccenter.com.