The Civic Center is also the home of the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame. This organization recognizes athletes from Fayette County that have excelled in baseball, basketball, football, softball, and track. The Sports Hall of Fame also honors volunteers and coaches that have contributed to athletic programs in Fayette County. Over 100 participates have been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame since 2003. The Sports Hall of Fame is under the direction of eight board members and is located in the downstairs area of the civic center.
A Brief History
The Fayette Civic Center served as the Fayette Grammar School from its building in 1930 until its abandonment in 1973. Thereafter it deteriorated and became an eyesore in the community until Mayor Guthrie Smith became involved in its rescue and refurbishment. Mayor Guthrie envisioned the old school as a statley asset to the community. His longtime dream of someday having a Civic Center for Fayette began to focus on this abandoned school building. Three years of talk and negotiations with the Fayette County Board of Education resulted in their deeding this property to the City of Fayette for the purpose of conversion to a civic center. Immediate steps were taken to fund the project. The renovation began when the City of Fayette obtained a low interest loan from the Farmers’ Home Administration. It hired an architect in May 1980, appointed a planning and decorating committee and awarded a contract in September 1981. The new Civic Center held an open house on October 17, 1982. In 1988, Mayor Smith and two citizens incorporated and established an Endowment Fund for the Fayette Civic Center. The J. Graham Brown Foundation, Earl McDonald, and the City of Fayette provided the main source of support for the Endowment. Over the years the Civic Center has hosted a great variety of events for many functions. In addition, it also brought much attention to Fayette by becoming home to the Fayette Art Museum. The vision of Mayor Guthrie and others has greatly rewarded the city of Fayette through its development of the Civic Center.