Southwest Virginia’s APEX Center kicking off 2020 with sellout crowds and exciting events

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County’s APEX Center (Appalachian Regional Exposition Center) has enjoyed a
run of great events in recent weeks, ranging from bucking saddle broncs and jackpot barrel racing to
high-flying monster trucks and a demolition derby that featured crazed cars crashing in an arena of
mayhem.
In total, this year’s events have sold more than 7,000 tickets and brought tens of thousands of dollars in
additional revenue to the community.
The events are but a snapshot of the potential the 2,000 seat arena has to offer, and as the facility
enters its second full year of operation, local officials desire to see the calendar expand.
Located at the crossroads of Interstates 77 and 81 at Exit 77, the APEX Center serves as Wythe County’s
largest indoor venue and has the capability to host a myriad of events, including trade shows,
motorsports, concerts, and circuses, as well as athletic and agricultural events.
“We’re pleased with the events we’ve had this year and are excited about many of the upcoming items
on our schedule,” said APEX Authority chairperson Cory Aker. Aker went on to say that many of the new
Authority members have expressed their desire to focus on providing a better customer experience, as
well as finding ways to reduce the operational cost of the arena.
This vision is shared by Wythe County Board of Supervisors chairman Brian Vaught, who stated, “This
year, the board of supervisors made five new appointees to the APEX Authority. We are encouraged by
what we’re seeing but fully realize there’s still a lot of work left to be accomplished. The taxpayers of
Wythe County deserve for the facility to be well managed and accountable — we’re pleased that the
new Authority Board shares in this belief.”
This Saturday, the APEX Center will host the Appalachian Indoor ShowDown Go Kart Race.
Two weeks later, on Sunday, March 8, the facility will showcase the Garden Brother Circus and on March
13-14, Victory Sports Motocross will come to the APEX.
Individuals interested in learning more about the APEX Center are encouraged to
visit www.apexcenter.org or call 276-335-APEX.