New plans for annual Ag Expo

Agricultural vendors won’t be the only thing at the Roosevelt County Ag Expo’s 20th anniversary, according to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry.

The two-day event will also include a old west shoot-out re-enactment, a parade with longhorns and a new set up for vendors.

The main cause of excitement for this year’s event is the new Roosevelt County Events Center.

“That’s something we’re really excited about is moving to the new events center and having all vendors under one roof,” said Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher.

“To keep the cost lower, I left outdoor vendor spaces lower, so we’ve got indoor spaces left. We’ve got big doors, so it’s not a problem to get booths into the show area,” Terry said. “Last year, we had outdoor vendors spread in a U shape between the arena and the pavilion on the north side of the slab.”

He said outdoor vendors will be in the midway area this year, giving the vendors a better flow for customers.

“We’re excited the vendor numbers are rebounding. We had some pretty rough years and we are ahead with vendor numbers from last year,” Terry said. “We were sweating a little bit about whether we’d have good numbers due to the drought but apparently we’re going to have good numbers to put a good show together.”

Terry said the last two years vendors were down to 110 from the 130 to 150 seen in earlier years. But vendors signed up so far this year are at more than half of last year’s numbers, giving county officials hopes of more booths this time around.

Terry said registration continues through the Friday before the event.

“I enjoy the whole program,” Kircher said. “I like to see people come in and talk to various industries. I like helping people to get together and solve problems and discover opportunities that may be out there for them.”

Terry said local resident Amanda Clayton will also be holding her second Stock Dog Trial competition in conjunction with the expo.

“I think it will allow greater continuity,” Kircher said of having all vendors under one roof. “I think when folks come in, they’ll be able to wander around more easily. It will be a lot more user friendly in the way people walk around.”