The Missouri State Fair Foundation will host a ground breaking ceremony Thursday for the future MFA Youth Livestock Arena.  Fair Director Mark Wolfe said that the Foundation has secured the funding for the project and that construction will begin in the near future.
“The new covered arena will serve the needs of a variety of livestock competitions,” said Missouri State Fair Director Wolfe.  “It will be used during future Missouri State Fairs as well as off-season events.”
The plans call for a 17,600 square foot arena, located north of the Coliseum.  The addition will convert the existing, uncovered warm-up ring into a more versatile livestock facility.  Much of the funding for the project came from MFA Incorporated Foundation, MFA Oil Foundation and the joint MFA Foundation, to which the companies contribute.  The arena project also is being made possible by state tax credits awarded by the Missouri Development Finance Board.
The ground breaking ceremony will be held at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, just north of the Coliseum.  All contributors and the public are encouraged to attend.