The Northwest Ag Show has returned to the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, where it had its start 50 years ago.

“We are very excited to have this event at our facility,” said Kim Grewe-Powell, director of marketing and state fair programming at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center. “This is exactly the type of business that we like to attract.”

Ag Show vendors will take over the Jackman-Long Building and adjacent Columbia Hall, as well as grounds adjacent to the halls. Seminars, meetings and other activities will take place in Cascade Hall.

“They are using the majority of our grounds,” Grewe-Powell said.

Grewe-Powell said the fairgrounds is busy nearly year-round at this point, with weekends booked solid for the next two years. The Northwest Ag Show was a nice fit for its schedule, she said.

The show will run Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 16-18.

The 185-acre Fairgrounds has hosted the Oregon State Fair nearly every year since 1862. The 2019 Oregon State Fair will be the 154th.

Since becoming an independent public entity in 2013, the fair has seen attendance increase each year, including a 19 percent jump in 2018 over the 2017 gate.

“We are on the right track,” Grewe-Powell said. “We are making a lot of great changes and are enthusiastic about our future.”

This past fall, the Fair and Exposition Center decided to partner with the Northwest Ag Show as a major sponsor.

“We are excited to support the show and hope that this will be a long-standing partnership,” Grewe-Powell said.

Michael Keith, director of marketing for the EO Media Group and Northwest Ag Show director, said he was thrilled with the sponsorship.

“We are extremely happy to partner with the State Fair and Exposition Center to bring the Northwest Ag Show to Salem,” Keith said. “It’s centrally located in the agriculture-rich Willamette Valley and has the facilities needed for long-term success of the show.”

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