APPALACHIAN REGIONAL EXPOSITION CENTER... Coming to Wythe County!

Work has started!

Just weeks after closing on the property, grading and site prep work has started on the property that will become the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center.

Our Timeline

The Appalachian Regional Exposition Center is intended to be an ever-expanding project!
With this said, the following will offer a brief outline of our intended timeline:

(Summer 2015) Awarded $750,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission
(Summer 2015) Property purchased near I-81/77 Exit 77
(Spring 2016) Grading & Site Development efforts to intensify
(Fall 2017) Construction to begin on 3,000-seat facility
(Fall 2018) Appalachian Regional Exposition Center OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Just the numbers!

The numbers don't lie... Check out the incredible progress we have made!
"We're moving forward with a regional entertainment facility"

Presently, over 90 acres of land has been purchased on the southside of I-81 at Exit 77 and the organization is moving forwarded in developing the property — development will include construction of the Commonwealth’s premier civic center west of Roanoke, providing +3,000 permanent seats and an additional 2,000 portable chairs for concerts and other entertainment events.

In addition to a 200′ x 300′ arena, which will be used for a myriad of activities, including livestock shows, rodeos, indoor soccer events, travel shows, motocross, concerts and dozens of other regional and national events, the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center will also include outdoor multipurpose athletic fields, an outdoor horse ring, classroom & training facilities and office space.

  • $4.25 million

    amount of money that has been raised so far... Funding sources include Tobacco Commission, Virginia Farm Bureau, Wythe County, and private citizens / community organizations.

  • 90 acres

    have been purchased near I-81 / 77 Exit 77. Part of the land will be used for the exposition center and the remaining property will be developed as commercial properties.

  • 75,000 Motorists

    pass by the property each day via Interstates 77 and 81... That equates to +27 million views each year!

  • $3.173 Million

    Annual spending the facility will create, according to the Weldon Cooper Center for Economic & Policy Studies

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