Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 28, 2014
PHOTO BY: Rusty Hubbard

Nikki Chumley, left, and Steve Jordan, the director and facilities manager of the Benton Event Center, respectively, have seen more than 60,000 people visit the center in its first year. Chumley commented that the center has advertised itself, with many event attendees referring other groups to the facility through word of mouth. Expectations are high for increased use of the center, Chumley added, because the center’s accompanying hotel, a 79-room Fairfield Inn & Suites, will open Friday to provide lodging for visitors.

So far, so good

Benton Center draws thousands, makes profit

Last weekend, the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association held its annual state convention at the Benton Event Center. As one of the hundreds of teachers who attended picked up a name tag at the registration desk, he or she became the 60,000th person to attend an event at the center in Hickory Square Shopping Center along Interstate 30 in Benton. “It was the 220th event since we opened on Oct. 1 of last year,” Nikki Chumley, director of t... READ MORE

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