City of Newberry approves agreement to use equestrian center for fairgrounds

NEWBERRY, Fla. (WCJB) - One city in North Central Florida is one step closer to officially being the new home of the Alachua County Fair.

On Monday night, The Newberry City Commission voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Alachua County.

The contract is for the purchase of the Canterbury Equestrian Center to be used as the County's Agricultural Center.

This center includes the Alachua County Fair, and the County Youth and Livestock Fair.

"Newberry is actually the center of Alachua County so when you look at the youth agriculture activities, they're all on the western side. Canterbury is obviously a beautiful facility, it was made to be a showplace,” Newberry Jordan Marlowe said.

The City of Newberry is agreeing to give one million dollars in Wild Spaces Public Places funding for the project.

“We're going to save Canterbury as an equestrian entrance way to Newberry. We're going to save that agricultural heritage and we're going to bring the youth fairs, and the FFA kids. We're going to bring that center to Newberry for them,” Marlowe said.

The selling price is 3.8 million for the Canterbury Equestrian Center.

Alachua County has not bought the property yet but is in the process of negotiating.

The Alachua County Commission is having a meeting to discuss purchasing the equestrian center Tuesday at 5 pm.