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Vines Center among Top 3 in Unique Venues Planner’s Choice Awards

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Dec. 7, 2022

Fast facts

  • Vines Center honored in national competition
  • Center is within 20 miles of Little Rock

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FERNDALE, Ark. — The C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center has been named a top three finisher in its category in the annual Unique Venues Planner’s Choice Awards.

The Vines Center was tied with the Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The top finisher in the small-market venue category was the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Unique Venues is a marketing organization that connects venues with meeting planners.

The national competition announced its winners Dec. 6. 

Three people standing in front of a sign
Crew stands in front of a newly installed sign for the Vines Center. 

“It’s an honor to be considered for this award,” said Tony Baker, operations manager for the Vines Center. “We are truly a unique venue and appreciate the recognition as one of the best in our class.”

The Vines Center — located about 18 miles west of downtown Little Rock — has 94 air-conditioned rooms, each with private bath. The center also has a state-of-the art 474-seat theatre with audio-visual services. The center is also digital-friendly, with fiber optic-based Wi-Fi across the meeting and lodging areas.

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The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

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