Portland's big farm extravaganza, the 44th annual Northwest Agricultural Show is set for a Jan. 29-31 run as the second largest farm show West of the Mississippi.
Second to the massive Tulare, Calif., World Ag Expo event, the Portland show is an indoor exposition rather than an outdoor display like the California production.
This year, Portland will offer exhibits over nearly 250,000 square feet, featuring an array of farm equipment, services and supplies.
New for 2013 is a tasting room to enjoy local beers and wines.
But perhaps the most popular part of the Portland expo is the extensive series of farm meetings which accompany the equipment.
"We're very excited by new features and developments that will make a great show even better," says Amy Patrick, show manager. Among the new developments, the vintage farm display has been expanded.
Another 60,000 square feet of display space has been added this year, she notes of the show that has run for 44 years as the oldest farm show in the PNW. The event will use all four of the Portland Ag Expo Center buildings.
"New is the FFA Passport Program," she says, "which is like a giant treasure hunt through the exhibit halls. When people come to the show they'll be given a passport with participating vendors listed inside. When they find those vendors, who'll have a 'We Support FFA' poster in their booths, and get their passport stamped they can go to the Oregon FFA Foundation booth to enter to win a big screen TV!
"The foundation will also be selling tickets to a raffle for two more big screen TVs!"
Free parking will be provided for show visitors.
The show runs from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 30, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the 31st.
Family day will be Jan. 30, with a single $15 ticket allowing entry for entire families. General admission is free for children under 13-years-old, and $8 for adults, $6 for seniors. Multi-day tickets are $15 for adults, and $11 for seniors.
Produced by the N.W. Horticultural Congress, the meeting schedule during the show features annual meetings of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, Oregon Horticultural Society and the Nut Grower Society.
The OHS will hold a fruit section of speakers on Jan. 29. To register to attend, call (503) 769-8940, or go to www.oregonhorticulturalsociety.org.
A "Water Use in Agri-Business" seminar will be presented on Jan. 29 also. Register at the above phone number, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
That evening, an Oregon State University reception will be held in the Expo building from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
OAN will hold its meeting from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 30. For registration, call (503) 682-5099, or go to www.oan.org.
OHS will also hold its Pesticide Core Credit Class on the 30th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register using the OHS information above.
The nut grower's session, also on the 30th, marks the 98th annual meeting of the Oregon, Washington and British Columbia organization. Registration may be done online at www.oregonhazelnuts.org.
On Jan. 31, a Rehabilitation & Development of Wells session will be presented by Schneider Water Services at 1 p.m.-2 p.m. A Farm Mediation Seminar will be held on the 31st by the Oregon Department of Agriculture from 11 a.m.-noon.
Also on the 31st are the following events:
•Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress will discuss 2013 renewable energy policy, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
•Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress session on basics of wind power installation, 11 a.m.-noon.
•Spill Prevention & Countermeasure Control Plan, presented by Landa NW, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
•Weather Service Seminar, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Registration for all Jan. 31 events is online at email@example.com, or by calling (503) 769-8940.
For more information on the Northwest Agricultural Show, go to www.nwagshow.com, or call (503) 769-8940.