Umatilla County and the City of Hermiston formed a historic partnership to build the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center. It was completed in 2017 and hosted its first event, the 2017 Umatilla County Fair and Farm-City Pro Rodeo. After achieving this great feat, the partners decided operations should be carried out by one entity; and in March 2018, the City of Hermiston took full ownership and operational responsibility for the facility. Umatilla County is still assisting in financially supporting the facility and the County Fair remains one of EOTEC’s anchor tenants along with the Farm-City Pro Rodeo. VenuWorks has also been hired to manage and market the facility.
The EOTEC Committee advises the City Council and administration on the operation, maintenance, and development of the large-scale venue that hosts indoor and outdoor events year-round, and include rodeo and barn facilities. More information regarding EOTEC is available.
Interested in Getting Involved?
Members of the committee must include representatives from the Umatilla County Fair, Farm-City Pro Rodeo, the Hospitality and Tourism Committee, and four at-large citizens. Members of the Hermiston City Council VenuWorks. Appointment terms run 3-years.
|Position||Member Name||Term Expires|
|Position #1 (Umatilla County Fair Board)||Doug Bennett||June 30, 2021|
|Position #2 (Farm-City Pro Rodeo Board)||Michael Kay||June 30, 2021|
|Position #3 (Greater Hermiston Hospitality and Tourism Committee)||Jessica Narain||June 30, 2023|
|Position #4 (At-Large)||VACANT||June 30, 2023|
|Position #5 (At-Large)||Kim Puzey||June 30, 2022|
|Position #6 (At-Large)||VACANT||June 30, 2022|
|Position #7 (At-Large)||Ryan Barnes||June 30, 2022|
The Committee is composed of the following affiliations: (Position 1) One member appointed upon recommendation of the Umatilla County Fair Board with strong preference given to Fair Board members. (Position 2) One member appointed upon recommendation of the Farm-City Pro Rodeo Board with strong preference given to Rodeo Board members. (Position 3) One member appointed upon recommendations of the Greater Hermiston Hospitality and Tourism Committee. (Positions 4-7) Four members appointed at-large.
- Dave Drotzmann and John Kirwan, Council Representatives
- Al Davis, EOTEC General Manager
- Holly Lambert, Accounting Technician