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Water update draws crowd as NUID board and manager give provide insight into 2020 season.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - Farm Fair brought in a record number of vendors this year, which was the second year that the show spanned across all three exhibit halls at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. 
The 40th Annual Central Oregon Farm Fair and Trade Show is in the books after completing its two-day run last week at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

"As usual, the water outlook was a big draw for many attendees," said Tracy Wilson, with OSU Extension, which puts on the event. "This year we asked the North Unit Irrigation District Board to attend and give the attendees updates on what the district is doing to meet increasing water needs and other pressures on water availability," she said.

Forty years running wasn't the only historic mark at thet 2020 Farm Fair.

"We had a record number of vendors this year with the addition of the Watts Building," Wilson said. "This was the second year of Farm Fair utilizing all three of the buildings and overall, there has been a very positive response from both vendors and attendees."

Wilson also said that about 300 people attended on Wednesday and about 200 on Thursday.

Thursday's talks drew people in sharing updates on research projects that are going on at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in the Plant Pathology program and the new Integrated Pest Management program, Wilson said.

"The Farm Fair Planning Committee is grateful to all of the sponsors who help support this event, with special thanks to Eagle Bakery for donating their time and all of the wonderful baked goods they served during the Farm Fair," she said.


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