A $50 million agricultural exposition center has been proposed in Fauquier County and may begin operation as early as July. County supervisors have already endorsed a $50 million Farmers Home Administration loan application by the Agricultrual Trade Council to buy a 4,200 acre site near Warrenton and build the center.
The center, to be called Ag Expo, would be a place where American agricultural products and technology could be displayed and demonstrated in order to foster increased international trade.
Exhibition sites would be rented to companies and representatives from foreign businesses, and governments would be invited to inspect the merchandise. They would be able to examine a wide range of products from fruits and vegetables to tractors and harvesters.
The Ag-Expo staff will assist in the exhibition of products and arranging foreign export sales. Interpreting and translating services will be available.
The property, known as North Wales, is the former estate of Walter P. Chrysler Jr. and includes a 27-room Georgian mansion. The Agricultural Trade Council plans to build a conference center, a hotel for foreign visitors, 35 exhibit pavillions, a private airstrip and a golf course. The facility would have its own sewage plant, security and fire and rescue services. Various sized tracts of land will be available for cultivation or demonstration of equipment.
The council estimated that Ag Expo will employ 50 people initially and eventually will employ as many as 700, helping to add as much as $2 million to the county's tax base.
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