More livestock exhibitors returned to the Oregon State Fair this year, after many had stopped participating due to disagreements over how the fair was managed.
Kris Jones, open class livestock coordinator, said customer service, programming and growth for exhibitors are top priorities for rebuilding livestock events after participation plummeted two years ago.
Tensions arose when changes in management occurred in 2010. Dairy superintendent Paul Lindow said one factor stressing relationships between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which runs the fair, and exhibitors happened when the department decided to no longer provide animal bedding.
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