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Expo Center groundbreaking set for Friday

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A groundbreaking for the upcoming Wilson County Expo Center will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

The Wilson Post caught up with newly-selected Expo Center Marketing Director Charity Toombs preceding the historic event to discuss her vision for the project.

Toombs, who grew up in Mt. Juliet, said she is very excited to step into the marketing director role. "It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow and build something that will landscape our community as a whole," she said. "I couldn't turn up the opportunity to be a part of something that will spearhead our community to the next chapter."

At this time, construction is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2016. Toombs remained mum on details, but said that she does have some things in the works for the Expo Center once it is open.

"We do have great interest... I want 2017 filled with events attracting to the entire community as a whole. Events that do come - I want to make sure their experience is fruitful where they return," she said, adding that the Expo Center will add to annual events already happening at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. "The Expo Center provides these events an opportunity to expand and grow - and more amenities in general."

According to Toombs one of the biggest appeals is that the facility is multi-purpose and can accommodate a large variety of events.

The Expo Center will be able to be used for concerts, formal banquets, basketball, cheerleading and volleyball events - and event graduation ceremonies.

"Ultimately my vision is for the Expo Center to be welcoming to all," she said. "It provides our community an outlet for sports, meeting space... and it's something that we can all come together and rally around. It provides something for everyone."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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