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From the ashes of a county fair, a livestock expo is coming to Centralia

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 6:29 am

The show must go on.

Though cancelled by the city of Columbia, a portion of what would have been Boone County Fair is coming to Centralia.

Chris Cox, Centralia mayor announced Tuesday, June 9, the Centralia Fairgrounds would host the livestock portion of the Boone County Youth Livestock Exposition July 13-17.

“This is a win-win for area youth and the city of Centralia,” Cox said. “These youth have been working all year with their livestock in order to show them this summer. When they do so they learn about public speaking, public presentation, business and overall responsibility. They deserve to be recognized for all the hard work they put in.”

The livestock portion of what would have been the Boone County Fair will be held in Centralia.

Cox said he had heard through members of the Centralia Fair Board that members of the Boone County Fair’s livestock committee might be looking for a venue and invited them to call.

“I invited them to come to Monday’s board of aldermen meeting and tell us what they had in mind,” he said. “They said at least 40 or 50 families were already committed and by the time it is done we could have at least 100 families coming to Centralia. They will be buying gas here, eating at our restaurants, helping our economy. This is a win-win for everybody.”

Cox said he thought the group approached Centralia for at least two reasons.

  • Centralia youth have a long history or strong participation in the Boone County Fair
  • the Centralia community’s successfully hosting a private prom.

“We as a community proved we can plan and pull off an event while successfully implementing social distancing and other anti-COVID measures. The fair representatives seem to already have a plan whereby they can hold a safe and successful livestock show on the Centralia Fairgrounds.”