JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The old Northeast Arkansas fairgrounds will be transformed into a church.
Nettleton Baptist Church recently purchased the land, and in about 30 days, the deal will close.
Pastor Stan Ballard said he and the congregation are very excited about the move.
"Old and young alike are excited about it and some of the older ones who were skeptical at first have really come on board with it," Ballard said.
Ballard said the church has been looking to move for a few years now.
Before the church bought the fairgrounds Ballard said, they bought land over on Clinton School Road.
He said that land was great, but the fairgrounds was a perfect location and already has the structure built.
The church voted on the move and it passed by 96 percent.
Ballard said the old fairgrounds is the perfect location because it is on a five lane road and between the two fastest growing cities in the area.
The church hopes to move in to the new building by September or October.
Ballard said they are working on renovation plans right now and once the church officially owns the building the renovations will start.
"We are going to make renovations to the inside to make it more like a church. We will build some rooms for the little ones and some for Sunday school," Ballard said. "We also plan to build a worship center and eventually we want to hold some outside activities because we are going to have so much room."
Ballard said his hope is to have the fair still come to the area for a few years.
He said the church will work on plans so the fair will still be in Jonesboro.
Ballard also said the current church building will not go to waste.
"We also are going to sell this property and Fullness of Joy, Adrian Rogers and his congregation will be buying this from us and using this property," Ballard said.
Ballard said this is a win for both congregations.
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