The 19th annual New Mexico Ag Expo is coming, and with it, well over $100,000 in economic impact.
Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said if 50 out-of-town vendors come, a conservative estimate, they would spend a total of $22,000 to $25,000 in town. Figuring that money will change hands six times before leaving the community, he said, Portales would see $132,000 to $150,000 in economic impact.
“It is a nice handy little infusion of revenue into our town at a slow time of year,” Terry said.
The expo runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.
Here’s a sneak peek at a few things going on:
• Antique tractors
The antique tractors and their parades are back, Terry said.
The parades are scheduled twice a day. Terry said construction of the new special events center would limit the tractor games, but a few would probably happen.
This year, he said, the tractors will be lined up at the entrance to the fairgrounds, along with a restored authentic chuck wagon, for attendees to see.
“So they’ll get a little yesteryear,” Terry said.