Fair season is over, but the public is still encouraged to visit the grounds of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.

The center is hosting a “Walktober” by encouraging people to come and walk the paths around the property every Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who stop by the office on their way in can enter their name into a drawing for prizes that will happen at the end of each week.

Three loops around the flat, paved trails at EOTEC equal a mile.

EOTEC general manager Al Davis said the event is scheduled for October, but could run longer depending on conditions.

“We’ll keep going as long as the weather holds out,” he said.

Davis is also opening the rodeo arena at EOTEC to public horseback riding from 3 p.m. until dark every Wednesday in October.

“Bring your colts, Western pleasure, seasoned barrel horses or ponies,” the flier for the event advertises, and enjoy “the 2017 best footing in the PRCA.” The charge is $10 per horse or $20 per trailer.

Davis said he is always looking for new ways to get people out to EOTEC to see what the center has to offer.

“I’m just trying to get the facility used,” he said. “The more people come up here, the more ideas people will have on how to use the facility.”

EOTEC’s indoor facilities continue to be booked for private and public events, including Junk Barn Girls, which runs Friday from 4-7 p.m. (tickets available for $20 at junkbarngirls.com) and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tickets available for $5). The show will include multiple vendors of antiques, vintage finds, jewelry and home goods. The Friday event includes live music and food.

For more information about EOTEC, located at 1705 E. Airport Road, call 541-289-9800.

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