The Fairplex was a countywide effort, spearheaded by the Benton Advertising and Promotion Commission. It failed in election. The now defunct website description was: “Welcome to the Saline County Fairplex, in beautiful central Arkansas. The Saline County Fairplex is a unique facility designed to accommodate a wide variety of events, offering fresh state-of-the-art design, flexible spaces and the ability to host multiple events simultaneously. The Fairplex will have the ability to host a wide variety of events. Expect to see activity ranging from concerts and sporting events, to trade shows, expos, rodeos, to graduations and monster trucks.” Most of the content is gone, but you can still see an archived copy of this at https://web.archive.org/web/20100806130736/http://www.salinecountyfairplex.com/. Photos by Shelli Poole. Click photos to enlarge.
Pictured above, Jill Jones and Matt Brumley hold signs for the Fairplex election, due to begin early voting August 3rd, 2010, with the final election day of August 10th, 2010. The Fairplex election headquarters is in the old Posey’s station under the checkered awning, catty-corner from the Vote Here polling station in downtown Benton on Main Street.
QC 05-12-2010 Fairplex – George Ellis, David Mattingly, Lib Carlisle
QC 05-12-2010 Fairplex – Citizen Comments – Unknown Lady (ICLEI), Hal Baker, Lynn Moore.
Fairplex Ballot Options Presented to the Saline County Quorum Court 06-02-2010. Fairplex gets second vote of approval by Saline County Quorum Court – June 2, 2010. The proposed Central Arkansas Fairplex had to leap one more hurdle before it can make it to a special election.