It now has an identity: The Mississippi Valley Fair Center. That's the name of the new building here at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St.
The $1.5 million facility, which debuted in July and August during the Great Mississippi Valley Fair, is nearly the size of a football field.
The 30,000-square-foot Mississippi Valley Fair Center is 300 feet long and 100 feet wide.
"There are 14 load-in doors along with a private, elevated promoter's office; spacious, modern restrooms; and lots of parking places," said MVF general manager Bob Fox. "Concessions are available, and wi-fi is accessible."
Fox also said three diverse events – one of which will be nationally televised -- have already been booked this fall at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center.
The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild's (mvqg.org ) biennial show takes place 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 28, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 29.
Expected is a display of 400 quilts from the group along with vendors, appraisals and a quilt auction.
Then the building's contents shift from quilts to guns when Mark Quade with Big Bore Enterprises of Peosta, Iowa, promotes The Gun Show next month. The annual event is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14.
Old tractors rule on Saturday, Nov. 3, as Mecum Auctions (HYPERLINK "http://mecumauctions.com/"mecumauctions.com) presents the Gone Farmin' Iowa Vintage Tractor Auction.
Mecum will nationally televise the auction from the Mississippi Valley Fair Center on RFD –TV.
One of the many tractors going on the auction block is an extremely rare John Deere BI industrial tractor. The BI was built from 1936 to 1941 with only 183 produced during this time.
The Mississippi Valley Fair Center is located on the west end of the fairgrounds, just north of the horse arena and about a block south of the Belgian horse barns.