Arkansas Game and Fish Hatchery manager Jason Miller spoke to the Lonoke Chamber of Commerce about ongoing and new construction at the Lonoke Fish Hatchery during the chamber lunch meeting on April 6.

Celebrating it’s 88th year, the Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery in Lonoke is the oldest and largest state owned hatcheries in the United States and also one of the world’s largest working fish hatcheries. According to Miller, the hatchery has been working to modernize the pond infrastructure by creating small more efficient ponds and is also in the design phase for an indoor spawning facility.

Due to water damage and mold in the current facility, the commission has decided to demolish and replace the visitors center with the new Lee Brady Aquatic Education Center. It will include nearly 4,000 square feet of aquarium, classroom, and display space will be located at the Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to be complete by fall 2017 or January 2018.

In other business, the Lonoke Chamber of Commerce 48th Annual Appreciation Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 29 in the Gina Cox Center. Author, Columnist, and Radio Personality Rex Nelson will be the keynote speaker for the event. Please call (501) 676-4399 or contact for tickets and table reservations. Individual tickets are $35

A city wide farmers market will be starting up on May 6 at the Train Depot and will be held the first and third Saturday of the month. For more information, visit the Fishtown Farmers Market page on Facebook.

The next Lonoke Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon May 4 at the depot.