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L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center
Built - 1977-1979
Dedicated - October 29, 1988
Cost of Construction - $2,722,800
Gross Square Feet - 68,000
Architects - Ryan, Cook & Zuern, Louisville, KY
Namesake: Leonard D. Brown came to work in the WKU Agriculture Department in 1966. He served as department head for thirteen of his sixteen year tenure. Brown received his BS from WKU in 1954.

History - Construction on the Agricultural Expo Center began in May 1977. The center was completed in late 1979 with the university taking possession Jan. 3, 1980. The building includes a show arena with seating capacity of 2000, a demonstration arena which accommodates 300, an animal holding area that has washing areas, locker room, two conference rooms and office space. The first event, the National Hampshire Meat Hog Conference, was held in the facility on Jan. 7, 1980. The building was officially dedicated and named for Leonard Brown on Oct. 29, 1988.

Park City Daily News

Ag Center Summer's Opening? March 16, 1979
Children Test Dairy Products, Aug. 13, 1982
Craig, Courtney. WKU Ag Expo Center Hosts Sold-Out Crowd, Feb. 15, 2004, P.1A
District Dairy Show, May 5, 1981
Farmers Get Tractors, Talk At Deere Day, Jan. 20, 1998
Harvey, Alyssa. Ride 'Em Cowpoke, Feb. 9, 1996
Hay Catches Fire At WKU Ag Center, Aug. 27, 1998
Higgins, Betty. WKU May Build Exposition Center At University Farm, Feb. 8, 1976
Koenig, Bill. Horsemen Compete For Profit, Oct. 4, 1981
Minor, Robyn. Ag Center Not As Cool As It Could Be, May 29, 1997
Minor, Robyn.WKU's Answer May Be a Sign of the Times, May 20, 1997, Pp. 1-2
On The Agenda: Bowling Green Horse Show Association Show, May 17, 1984
Reigler, Hunter. Cow Camp: Young People Learn the Finer Points of Clipping And Grooming Beef Cattle, June 24, 1984
Ross, Thomas. Parking To Improve At WKU Center, April 23, 1986
Sisco, Scott. Roping & Riding; Lone Star Rodeo Outlaw Tour Coming To WKU Ag Center, Feb. 7, 2008
Stringer, Donna-Lin. Down on the Farm, Aug. 20, 1989
Vaughn, Wayne. Milky Way; Even Automation Requires Helping Hands at Dairy Farm, March 11, 1990
Western Air Conditioning Project Gets Boost, Aug. 8, 1997


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