Jonesboro church to buy NEA District Fairgrounds

Fairgrounds Update
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro church plans to purchase the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds in Jonesboro.

Nettleton Baptist Church Senior Pastor Stan Ballard tells Region 8 News that the church board voted Sunday to purchase the fairgrounds. Though they intend to buy the land, they have not closed on the sale.

As for whether or not the Northeast Arkansas District Fair would continue on as normal, Ballard said they will try to make things work but have not worked out the logistics yet.

Nettleton Baptist Church previously bought 22 acres of land along Highway 49 North to build their new church. That land is roughly one mile away from the NEA District Fairgrounds.

Ballard said though they broke ground on that land already, they do intend to sell it.

As for their property on Nettleton Avenue, Ballard said they are in the process of selling the church and outlying buildings to Fullness of Joy Ministries.

He said the closing on that sale has not yet happened either.

The nearly 80-acre piece of land was one of three bankrupt properties previously owned by the Craighead County Fair Association.

The association's plan of liquidation for the property was approved in July 2015.

In October, the three parcels of land were put on the market.

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