Capital Press | Willamette Valley Ag Expo Capital Press Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:19:40 -0400 en Capital Press | Willamette Valley Ag Expo Willamette Valley Ag Expo promises to be best yet Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:11:37 -0400 Geoff Parks ALBANY, Ore. — Filled-up floor space, dynamic new exhibitors, the return of free forklift training and the exploding popularity of Dine Around Oregon are highlights of the 14th annual edition of the Willamette Valley Ag Expo.

The Expo’s doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Admission is $4 per day, and parking is free on-site at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, Ore.

The Expo is presented each year by the Willamette Valley Ag Association, which is a nonprofit educational and trade organization whose members are either exhibitors or sponsors of the event.

Proceeds from the Expo go toward the association’s college scholarships, which go to students majoring in ag-related subjects.

Association Manager Jill Ingalls and her husband, Expo Producer Scott Ingalls, work tirelessly each year to make the huge event a success.

The popularity of the Expo among exhibitors has put floor space at a premium this year.

Other features are seeing increased interest as well.

Back by popular demand, Overton Training will provide free forklift training.

“Thanks to their generous contribution, we are able to make forklift certification training free to the first 75 that sign up,” Jill Ingalls said.

“The Willamette Valley Ag Expo board is pleased that this is one more way they assist this industry through education and training,” she said.

The Expo will also feature several new exhibitors this year, including the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

“We’re delighted to have them as new exhibitors,” she said.

Kayli Hanley, communications director of the cattlemen’s association, said this is the OCA’s first year participating in the Expo.

“We are excited to not only have a booth presence, but to also help sponsor the beef for the Dine Around Oregon dinner,” she said.

Summing up all the hard work, planning and considerations that have gone into this year’s Expo, Ingalls said: “This (new OCA connection) is a great example of how we should all be working hand-in-hand to promote our members — and, certainly, our food growers in Oregon.”

The Expo is open to visitors of all ages, and current FFA and 4-H participants “are strongly encouraged to attend,” Ingalls said.

Willamette Valley Ag Expo at a glance Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:06:20 -0400 Willamette Valley Ag Expo.

Linn County Fair and Expo Center

Albany, Ore.

Nov. 17, 18 and 19

• Tuesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Admission $4 (price includes $2 discount on the featured lunch)

• Free parking

Board of directors

The nine-member board of directors is nominated by the members and serve a minimum of a three-year term. Board members are elected at the annual meeting, which typically takes place on the final morning of the Expo during the exhibitor breakfast meeting.

Current board members are:

• Bill Lusk, Chair, Ag West Supply

• Eric Fery, Vice Chair, Ag Chains Plus

• Don Kropf, Linn-Benton Tractor

• Tom Wells, Pape Machinery

• Mike Brown, DeJong Products

• Steve Prouty, NW 94 Sales

• Stacy Bostrom, Citizens Bank

• Andy Steinkamp, Wilco

• Terry Marstall, Les Schwab Tires

Expo managers

The Willamette Valley Ag Association contracts with Ingalls & Associates LLC to provide association management services and event production.

Event Producer

Scott Ingalls

Ingalls & Associates

Association Manager

Jill Ingalls


Phone: 800-208-2168

Fax: 866-509-3212


Dine Around Oregon a delicious adventure Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:05:57 -0400 Geoff Parks The wildly successful Dine Around Oregon dinner event at the Willamette Valley Ag Expo returns for a fourth year to offer something different and tasty for everyone.

“It’s kind of like a progressive dinner,” explained Jill Ingalls, WVAE manager. “Attendees can start anywhere and move freely through the offerings — menu items created from pork in the Cascade Building, lamb in the Santiam Building, beef in the Willamette Building and cheese, soups and appetizers in the Calapooia.”

All of the products are Oregon-sourced, she said. Lamb comes from Reed Anderson Ranches and is prepared by Pat Manning of Manning Farms, the Oregon Dairy Women provide the cheese, and the rest is purchased or donated from local growers and ranchers. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association will help sponsor the beef.

Beverages are another highlight, featuring sampling from 4 Spirits Distillery — and various Oregon wines and beers. Desserts are also a top draw.

Catering by Valley Catering of Adair Village pulls it all together, Ingalls said. “(Valley Catering owner) Mary Bentley is like a magician. She takes all these ingredients and seemingly with a wave of her hand turns them into a masterpiece, then brings out a staff that is simply stellar.”

Students from the Scio FFA Chapter assist that staff in taking tickets and hosting attendees through the four different dining stations.

Gary and Teresa Pullen, owners of Spring Acres Cranberries in Bandon, are providing the fresh cranberries to the event. They and their son-in-law are the only employees of the 40-acre operation, and an Oct. 1 harvest time had them hopping to flood, float and gather the tart, juicy berries. It’s a labor-intensive operation, Gary Pullen said.

“We typically wet harvest and sell our tonnage to an independent handler, who brokers them out,” Pullen said. “But we will dry pick with a 100-year-old hand scoop to bring berries to the WVAE.”

He said the hand implement has been in the family and used by four generations of Pullens to harvest small quantities of cranberries, which are destined for dinner and desserts at the Expo.

“We used to just attend the WVAE as guests and for the ag show,” Pullen said. “But we decided to volunteer to give them some unprocessed fresh fruit, picked just a day before the (Dine Around Oregon) event.”

Dine Around Oregon runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. A total of 500 tickets are available while quantities last at

“Thanks to sponsors and all the amazing food providers we can keep the cost of tickets to under $12,” Ingalls said.

Volunteers help Expo become a reality each year Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:04:35 -0400 Geoff Parks If the exhibitors, sponsors and staff of the Willamette Valley Ag Expo are the lifeblood of the annual event, then the volunteers are most certainly its heart.

WVAE producer Scott Ingalls says a core group of volunteers and a reliable stable of newer participants make the transition from planning to implementation of the big event a smooth one each year.

“Our building supers and fork operators have all been working on this event for years, some from the very start,” Ingalls said. “They all know the expectations and needs of the vendors from first-hand experience. All of them have full-time jobs, from which they take time off to come work on this event.

“And our vendors like seeing the same faces when they come to set up and know things will go well because of it,” he said.

Randy Smith of RGS Auto & Marine in Albany has for all 14 years of the Expo been one of the scores of volunteers that help make the show happen each year. Smith, 59, is a superintendent at the Expo Hall for the three days, but takes an active hand in “setting everything up, moving everything in and out” and being in charge of the security of the building.

“The Ag Expo is a great thing,” Smith said. “Most of the work is done with lift trucks because of all the heavy equipment. The Expo Hall is basically an empty building when we start and every booth gets carpeted and taped down to the floor, then the pipes and drapes get put up and everything gets moved in.

“Afterwards, it’s all moved back out and cleaned up.”

Lonny Wunder, 58, of Albany, who works full-time as the manager of the Benton County Fair, is one of those lift-truck operators. He is also a certified lift-truck instructor, and is in his fifth year of volunteering for the Expo.

He puts in more than 30 hours over the Expo’s three days, “doing anything they tell me to do” with the forklift. That includes hauling materials in and out of the buildings and placing them correctly and securely.

“I’m not the boss at what I do; I just do what they want,” Wunder said. “I like doing this.”

He added that he began building farm equipment when he was 18 and said he “just loves the passion that ag folks have for the industry.”

Both he and Smith are eager and ready for the phone call each year asking them to come out and put in three days of hard work at the Expo.

“Every year, they call me up and say, ‘Are you coming back, please?’” Smith said.

Antique equipment a popular attraction Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:03:41 -0400 Geoff Parks The Annual Antique Farm Equipment Display is feeling the squeeze of success at the Willamette Valley Ag Expo.

As the Expo continues to grow, space for the antique display is at a premium.

“In a nutshell,” Scott Ingalls told a September meeting of the Expo’s antique display committee, “in the north end (of the Cascade Livestock Pavilion) where you put a few tractors in the front, I’m pushing you out. The front is completely full, sold out to the rafters.”

He said this year the farm equipment display will occupy the middle of the building and extend to the south.

The display typically offers nearly 100 pieces of equipment.

This year’s display harkens back to earlier shows, in which the diversity of the collections are allowed to shine. Some of the machines this year represent a part of Jack Muirhede’s collection of Farmall equipment.

This year, he said, he is bringing a 1954 Super W 6 Farmall tractor that he has owned for about eight years and into which he has put about 800 hours of restoration work. He said he also will bring a Farmall A and two Farmall H tractors to the Expo.

To illustrate just how much time, energy and creativity members of the Antique Farm Equipment Display put into the restoration efforts necessary to bring the vehicles back to life, Muirhede describes the metamorphosis of his Farmall Super W 6 tractor.

“My son (Jack Muirhede III) found it in an apple orchard with a tree growing up through it and full of bullet holes,” Muirhede said. He patched the holes with body filler, then “welded and pounded on them” to make them disappear. He left one open and painted over it just to show the tractor’s history.

He “freed up” the frozen engine, overhauled it in the frame, and reconditioned the exterior, repainting it in Farmall red in his custom-built home paint shop, making it show-ready.

He will join nearly 100 other such renaissance men and women all three days of the Antique Farm Equipment Display at the Expo — Nov. 17, 18 and 19 — in the Cascade Livestock Pavilion at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in Albany.

FAQs Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:02:59 -0400 The Willamette Valley Ag Expo is easy to find. It is east of Exit 234 off Interstate 5 at Albany. The address is Linn County Fair and Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, Ore.

Which classes are offered?

To view which classes are offered, please take a look at our class and seminar schedule, which is on Page 9.

Is there meal service on site?

Yes, it is located in two main buildings. Concessions are open during the Expo hours. The featured lunch special is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Calapooia building on the upper deck. Enjoy a $2 off coupon on this meal provided on the back of your admission ticket. The menu includes chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and salads.

Do I have to pay to get in?

Yes, admission is $4 per day, and parking is free.

Is there anything for my family to do?

Yes, several exhibitors feature products of interest, plus the Oregon Women for Agriculture will be hosting an educational area in the lobby with refreshments. Nearby Albany also boasts a long list of dining and entertainment options, plus shopping, museums and historic districts. Click on for more information.

Board brings enthusiasm that results in outstanding event Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:01:59 -0400 Geoff Parks The Willamette Valley Ag Expo’s nine-member board of directors makes the annual three-day agricultural show happen, and during the past 14 years they have proven their mettle by offering an event with more new and exciting features every year.

The board is nominated by the WVAE membership, and each member serves a minimum of a three-year term. They are elected at the annual meeting of the organization, which usually takes place on the final morning of the Expo during the exhibitor breakfast.

Current members include:

• Bill Lusk, Ag West Supply product specialist (chair). “I started serving on the WVAE board from the beginning, trying to help organize and maintain a good ag show in our local area.”

• Eric Fery, owner, Ag Chains Plus (vice chair). “I’ve always been involved in the local community, from being a volunteer firefighter to serving on area school boards. When I was asked to serve on the board (of the Expo), it was an easy decision, a way to be even more involved with WVAE ... to see the show succeed and serve the ag industry.”

•Don Kropf, president and owner, Linn Benton Tractor. “I strive daily to contribute to agriculture and the agricultural way of life by providing dependable products and service. I’m proud to be a member of this board and continue serving the community I have helped grow.”

• Tom Wells, territory manager and integrated solutions consultant, Papé Machinery-Agriculture and Turf. “I started moving irrigation pipe at the age of 8 and have been involved in agriculture all my life. I became involved with founding the Expo, wanting to have a local show to showcase Willamette Valley agriculture and the equipment used to produce our crops, while supporting young people pursuing careers in ag through scholarships.”

• Mike Brown, owner, DeJong Products Inc. “I’ve been a board member for WVAE since the forming of the governing body that guides the show. It’s with pride I can promote and guide the show and showcase ag and the Willamette Valley.”

• Steve Prouty, owner and president, McNeil Marketing Co. “I’ve been on the board since 2013 and understand the importance of the event. Being a nonprofit, all energies and profits from the show go back to the show and to the scholarship program. WVAE is a great source for ag knowledge and allows growers from all corners of the Pacific Northwest to stay tuned in to all ag-related issues.”

• Stacy Koos, vice president and branch manager, Citizens Bank. “Citizens Bank has a long tradition of serving the agriculture community since its founding in 1957. Being part of the WVAE board is just one way we continue to show support for the ag community.”

• Andy Steinkamp, location manager, Wilco-Winfield. “I enjoy serving the growers and vendors of the Willamette Valley as a member of the WVAE board. I think giving the growers a chance to see new solutions for their farms from vendors in our local area is very important.”

• Terry Marstall, sales and service, Les Schwab Tire Center. “I started assisting our ag customers in the Willamette Valley in 1994. I take my years of experience, dedication and enthusiasm in and out of the field to promote the WVAE. My motto has always been: Stay positive, work hard and we will always get the job done.”

Peterson Cat to spotlight Claas Lexion combines Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:01:46 -0400 Geoff Parks Peterson Cat company of Albany is one of the company’s 18 locations in Oregon, Northern California and Washington state offering sales and service of agricultural and construction equipment.

Among the many types of equipment offered through Peterson are Claas Lexion combines, the European market leader in harvesters. They will be featured at the Peterson exhibit at Willamette Valley Ag Expo.

Machinery sales specialist Josh Kennedy said flatly that the Claas Lexion combines “can do more with less.”

“Oregon is unlike any other part of the country, where we have a short window to do anything in the field,” he said. “That usually means more equipment to cover more acreage.” But not with the Lexion series, he said.

Kennedy explained that the Lexion brand comes in a 600 series, which are straw walker or rotary machines, and the 700 series, which are hybrid machines. Peterson Cat currently has in stock four Lexion 670 combines and four Lexion 760 combines.

Straw walker combines retail for about $280,000 base, while larger combines go for upwards of $400,000, depending on the header and other specs. In Oregon, combines are mainly used to harvest grass seed or wheat.

Some of the unique features of the line include:

• Claas Contour — automatic vertical response to changing terrain via combine ground-pressure sensors — is standard on all Lexion combines.

• Improved header drive. The drive delivers maximum power to the header as increasing volumes of material are passed through the feeder house.

• Integration of the Claas patented Accelerated Pre-Separation (APS) threshing system with Roto Plus separation into one combine.

• Integration of the APS and the Multi-Finger Separation System to provide greater separation performance without compromising straw quality.