If you want to reach large crowds in the Lumberton, N.C., area you now have the option renting a public facility for your event. N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Trailer recently joined state legislators and local dignitaries for the grand opening of the new Pavilion at the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Center.
"This Pavilion will give the center the capacity to attract larger events to Lumberton, including horse and livestock shows, tractor pulls, trade shows and concerts," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.
The 55,387 square foot building is designed for multipurpose uses and includes a large show ring, a ticket office, a concession area with catering options, a hospitality room and an event control room. In addition, future plans for the Pavilion call for a warm-up show ring for horse events and moveable tile flooring for trade shows and concerts.
The Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Center can now be billed as the first facility in the area to have a Farmers Market and Multipurpose Building on the same grounds.
"The Pavilion is not only an improvement for the center, but it also is an economic boost for the region," says center manager Michael Smith. "Larger events will attract larger crowds, and that means more people supporting local businesses by eating, shopping and filling up their tank in Robeson County."
Future plans for the site include a modern arena and stalls. Officials point out the site will eventually be a "total agricultural complex."
The new Pavilion cost nearly $5 to construct. It was paid for with a $3.7 million and a $1.29 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
The facility has a Large Meeting Room of 7,152 square feet that will seat 600 people banquet style or up to 900 people in theatre style. The rental rate for that room is $700 for a full day (8 a.m. - midnight) and $400 for a partial day (8 a.m.-2 p.m. or less than 6 hours).
There are also small meeting rooms available in the Pavilion.
Call the market manager at 910-618-5699 for more information.
The Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Center is one of three agricultural centers operated by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The other centers operate in Fletcher and Williamston.