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A vision for an all new Mid-south Fairgrounds

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Barnard said last week that the Zippin Pippin is a key to his plan -- but Elvis' favorite roller coaster, bought this summer at auction, has been sold and is bound for the Carolina Crossroads, an entertainment, tourism and retail development in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

awful awfull... i cant believe they sold that. they should have thrown it downtown. BAM instant tourist attraction.

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Also, conventions like COGIC are looking for facilities that can house upwards of 50K under one roof. I agree. We should be preparing for the Liberty Bowl's successor. Preparing doesn't mean building it right away. It means planning for it, the location, design and funding. Ideally retractable roof and natural grass. If we do it right, we're talking not just FFs, but the stature of the Liberty Bowl would be raised. If it were downtown, iti woud secure COGIC and help attract other conventions (see EdJones effect on St. Louis conventions). Who knows what else we could draw . . .
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My thoughts exactly, with a downtown dome facility the sky is the limit for regional and national attractions.

The Ed Jones facility is great and was also a extension of their convention center. total cost around 280 million. I believe we could match that. Maybe not now,but certainly in 3-5 years. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

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