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A drone's view of the Boone County Fairgrounds on Oakland Gravel (July 2023 photo courtesy of the Boone County fair's Facebook page)

(LISTEN): Columbia and Boone County officials pleased with fair and fairgrounds’ potential

Columbia’s deputy city manager is ecstatic that Boone County fair is back in Columbia. Mike Griggs says it’s here to stay.

“And so I think that is really what I’d like to pass on is that through the efforts of our state by authorizing some economic development funds so that we can develop a new amenities for the county fair, it’s just going to make this facility even better,” Griggs says.

Mr. Griggs tells 939 the Eagle News that the fairgrounds will continue to have an economic impact on the community. Griggs says the 2023 fair was a success.

Meantime, Boone County presiding commissioner Kip Kendrick is also pleased with the turnout at the recent Boone County fair. He says the fair reminds us of the importance of agriculture.

“And the importance of making sure that younger generation remains connected to it in order to protect our food system moving forward,” Kendrick tells 939 the Eagle.

Mr. Kendrick grew up in northeast Missouri’s rural Monroe City, before moving to Columbia. He spoke to 939 the Eagle at the popular ham breakfast at the coliseum.

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