Graphic courtesy of Ozark Empire Fair

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Closer to Getting New Arena

The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds is closer to getting a new arena after receiving a $5 million grant from the state.

The current arena is 60 years old, has a dirt floor, and seats 2,400 people.

The proposed new arena will have a concrete floor and seat up to 6,800 people.

It’s projected to cost $15 million.

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds General Manager Aaron Owen says with the grant, the fair board has raised seven million dollars, but needs to raise roughly $7 million more to build the arena.

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