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Linn County Fair & Expo Center experiencing brisk business

ALBANY — Activities at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center are brisk, director Kris Barnes told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning.

During the height of the COVID 19 pandemic, activities ground to a near standstill and Linn County Circuit Court sessions were moved to the facility, which could provide large open spacing.

Now, its calendar is filled virtually every week, from horse and dog shows to gun shows and the recent Northwest Fly Tyers event.

Barnes said income in February topped $95,000 and year-to-date income is $691,730 with only $7,272 in billing outstanding. 

Barnes said large events held in February included the annual Hell on Hooves rodeo, the Linn County Small Woodlands Seedling Sale, the Willamette Sportsman’s Show, the Oregon High School Equestrian Team meet and the Linn County Kennel Club AKC Dog Show.

March has been just as busy, including the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club Gun Show, a roller derby, the Linn County Flea Market and the upcoming Northwest Horse Fair and Expo and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet.

A new event this year was the Oregon Meat Processors Convention held March 15 and 16.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Were informed by Dr. Adam Brady that there were 52 births (27 females, 25 males) and 110 deaths in February. There were 36 animal bites.

• Approved three oil rock purchases with Knife River: $115,590 for the Mill City area; $115,668 for the Scio area; and $201,675 for the Sweet Home area. 

• Approved transferring $2.6 million from the Contingency Fund to Capital Real Property for the potential purchase of a building to be used by the Health Department.

• Approved an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Linn County Health Department and the Oregon Health Authority or $140,116 to provide services to individuals found guilty of Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicants. 

• Held a Public Hearing and approved changing zoning for a 1-acre parcel of land near Gates, from Forest Conservation Management to Farm Forest. 

 

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