Willamette Valley Ag Association manager Jill Ingalls was explaining an increase in duties to a cadre of FFA students who will help out at this year’s event, stressing how much it has grown.
This year, the 250,000-square-foot Willamette Valley Ag Expo will be open at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.
“We’ve added some positions this year,” Ingalls told the Scio High School FFA Chapter, whose members help with a variety of duties during the Expo. “It’s the biggest one we’ve ever had — and it’s getting bigger.
“So far, we’ve actually expanded our floor space, which is a good sign for the economy,” she said. “There will be more pressure on all of our volunteers and staff to handle the bigger crowds that will come.”
The Willamette Valley Ag Association is a nonprofit agricultural trade and education organization whose members are either exhibitors or sponsors of the event, or both.
Jill Ingalls’ husband, Scott, is producer of the Expo. His jobs include organizing the many exhibitors and vendors — more than 140 in all.
This year, the expanded Expo features three days of seminars and classes, including Pesticide Application CORE Course training sessions, training sessions on soil health and an Ag Lime Conference.
An Antique Farm Equipment Display with over 70 tractors and other types of equipment will be in the Cascade Building at the Expo Center.
Wednesday, Nov. 12 is Youth Ag Education Day.
“We encourage all ag students, FFA or 4-H, to attend the Expo free of charge,” Ingalls said. “Students are encouraged to visit the exhibitor booths and gather information related to their current education.” Transportation scholarships are available courtesy of Doerfler Farms.
Oregon Women for Agriculture will host an educational area in the lobby of the main Expo building with refreshments for visitors.
A unique treat is the third iteration of Dine Around Oregon, a “progressive dinner” of Oregon-grown food and beverages that will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Admission to the Expo is $4 per day with free parking on-site at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.
Proceeds from the Expo go toward the association’s college scholarships.