NEWBERRY, Fla. (WCJB) - The Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Facility in Newberry will be the new home of the Alachua County Youth Fair starting in 2021.
The Board of County Commissioners has been looking for a new fairgrounds location for years.
One option was the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer station, but after Hurricane Irma, the board decided that site was no longer feasible, so the City of Newberry suggested Canterbury.
“This site is already an equestrian facility. We’ve got a huge arena, we’ve got horse barns, we’ve got 37 acres that would just be really suitable to host all kinds of different events," said Assistant County Manager Gina Peebles.
The property cost 3.8 million dollars to purchase.
It will be undergoing renovations such as new lights and seating in the arena and updates to the horse stalls - all scheduled to be finished in time for the Alachua County Youth Fair in March of 2021.
“One of the interesting things about this particular property is it was purchased with tourist development tax dollars," said Peebles, "and so it really is important for us to try and attract people who don’t live in the community to come here and visit the facility, eat in our restaurants, stay the night in our hotels, and so that’s, of course, one of the primary goals of this facility.”
The county also has a 99-year lease with City of Newberry for the adjacent 5-acres, where they’ll be putting up a new extensions services building.