In the 1980's, a group of Morgan County parents began exploring the idea of a facility where local youth could show their livestock and hold events. From this idea the concept of the Morgan County Agriculture Center was born. The Honorable Frank Stancil of Watkinsville was the State Representative for Morgan County at the time. Representative Stancil had a deep love for agriculture and for youth. When he was approached with the idea of an arena he immediately secured funds through the state to assist in the building of the facility.
With this encouragement, a gift of land from the county, donated services from contractors, fundraisers, and the sale of advertising signs; the Agricultural Center became a reality. It was built in 1989 and consisted of a horse arena, a small covered arena, stalls, concession stand, and an announcer's stand. Over the years the horse arena was enlarged, a small warm-up arena, arena lights, and additional stalls were added.
Over the years the facility has been used for a wide range of activities. Rodeos, dog shows, farm safety camps, equipment auctions, clinics, demonstrations, and even plant sales have taken place at the Agricultural Center. Today the facility's calendar includes horse, dairy heifer, beef, sheep and goat shows, lamb sales, and equipment auctions.
Anyone interested in learning more about or renting the facility is encouraged to call the Morgan County Cooperative Extension Office at (706) 342-2214. Even better come to one of the events scheduled at the Morgan County Agriculture Center and look around. You will find a schedule of events, fee schedule, and photos of past events elsewhere on this site.