Construction of the new fairgrounds facility will be completed just in time for visitors to the Faulkner County Fair next month.

Jack Bell, assistant to Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, said Salter Construction Company should have the construction portion of the project wrapped up by the end of August.

“It has really changed a lot in the last few months,” Bell said. “The city street department and the county have been doing a lot of work out there recently on the roads and parking lots, and the livestock pens will be delivered later this month. It’s all coming together really well.”

The new facilities will include a 14,300 square-foot event center with three conference rooms, offices, restroom facilities and a kitchen; a 55,000-square foot livestock building and a 44,000 square-foot air-conditioned exhibit hall.  

Visitor and exhibitor parking areas will be separate, and the main parking lot will include 640 spaces.

Bell said the only building that will not be completed at the time of the fair is the event center. 

“As far as the fair is concerned, though, it wasn’t really a big need, aside from some of the office facilities,” Bell said.

Bell said the fairgrounds have been named Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds.

“The parks and recreation department and other administrators got together and decided on that name,” Bell said. “We got sort of down-to-the-wire there on building the sign, and that’s what we came up with.”

This year will mark the 72nd year of the county fair, to be held Sept. 20-25 on the 40-acre grounds, located south of Oak Street off of Highway 64.

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