Commission proposing new name for Boone County Fairgrounds

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 7:00 p.m. CDT; updated 7:40 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — The property known as the Boone County Fairgrounds could be getting a new name. 

The Boone County Commission is proposing to rename the Boone County Fairgrounds as Central Missouri Event Center, Home of the Boone County Fair. Proposals to rename the fairgrounds also arose last year, when the fair board presented a five-year plan to the commission. At that time, the suggested name was Midwest Event and Agricultural Exposition Center, according to a previous Missourian report.

"It came about because if you think about fairgrounds across the country, they are only for individual fairs," said Boone County Commissioner Karen Miller, who represents the county's southern district. "Our fairgrounds are for the fair one week and events the rest of the year." 

Miller said the fairgrounds property needs a name change that is best suited for what the commission is trying to market — an event center.

Miller said there have been several suggestions of names from students, but the Boone County Commission has settled on Central Missouri Event Center, Home of the Boone County Fair because it best reflects what the commission is trying to market. 

According to a news release, this name was proposed by Mike Teel and Brent Gibson, owners of Tag Events LLC, the current contracted manager of the Boone County Fairgrounds.

A public hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Commission Chambers at the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center. Anyone who wishes to comment on the renaming suggestion but cannot attend this hearing can email suggestions to, according to the release. 

According to the release, there will be a second public hearing at a 7 p.m. commission meeting March 27. Comments will be considered, and a decision will be announced after this hearing. 

The Boone County Commission will also develop a request for proposals for naming individual buildings at the Boone County Fairgrounds in the next few months, according to the release. 

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