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Residents believe NEA District Fair move is "too close"

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Northeast Arkansas District Fair board is considering a move to north Jonesboro.  Before doing so, however, they want the public to weigh in.

On Thursday, February 10, the board members held an informational meeting at Jonesboro Baptist Church on East Johnson Avenue.

It was a chance for them to explain the proposed move from the fair's current site on Stadium Boulevard to a location just north of the Farville Curve off Highway 49.

Several people who live near the proposed site, including residents of the Oaks Subdivision, have voiced their displeasure over the proposed move.

Greg Peck attended Thursday's meeting.  He told Region 8 News he was "still not satisfied with what they proposed."

Peck said, "In my opinion I don't feel the fair should be this close to a residential neighborhood....they should look for an area either farther away from the city or away from residents."

He and others worry the fairgrounds will increase traffic and crime in their area while lowering the value of their property. 

In an earlier interview with Region 8 News the president of the NEA District Fair board, Eddie Burris said they have been looking to "relocate for some time."   He said a move would improve attendance numbers and allow the fairgrounds to be a "year-round, full-use facility."

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