REDMOND — Though all the numbers aren’t in yet, turnout for the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show held last weekend at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds was better than expected, according to organizers.
It was one of the first large events to be held in the Pacific Northwest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, the show was one of the earliest casualties of COVID-19. Just a couple of hours before opening, Gov. Kate Brown ordered a shutdown of large events.
This year, there was some pent-up desire to get out and enjoy the outdoors. The nice weather helped as well.
“It was a little slow on Thursday, the start of the show, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday all saw good crowds,” said Trey Carskadon for O’Loughlin Trade Shows.
The promoter said about 200 booths were setup at the fairgrounds, plus and RV and boat display outside the…