The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center is seeing a more diverse lineup of events as people continue to think up new uses for the space.

On Nov. 18, EOTEC is partnering with a private group to host the Hermiston Mudfest, featuring head-to-head mud drags open to vehicles ranging from Jeeps to ATVs.

EOTEC general manager Al Davis said when they tested the idea of a mud drag in the swale behind the event center building, 40 people showed up to watch. Now that an official event is being publicized on social media, the response has been enthusiastic.

“We started out doing something small and local, and it’s grown to be bigger than we thought it would,” he said.

VenuWorks, the company contracted by the city of Hermiston to run EOTEC, recently wrapped up a community survey about what types of events the community hopes to see at EOTEC. Davis said the city’s EOTEC advisory committee will discuss the results later this month, and they will be presented to the city council in December.

He said some of the popular ideas survey respondents listed were concerts, green space for sports like lacrosse and the return of Hermiston’s holiday festival of lights. People also said they wished EOTEC would update its website — something VenuWorks was already working on.

The updated website at is now live, featuring aerial footage of the grounds, updated and expanded information about the venue, rental rates and an upcoming events calendar. Events listed include a Prestige Wrestling tournament on Dec. 8 and the Hermiston Farm Fair Nov. 28-30.

The Hermiston Mudfest will start preliminary runs at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18, with gates open at 8 a.m. Cost is $35 for a truck and driver, $15 for a spectator (bringing a lawn chair is encouraged) and $5 for children. Burgers will be available on-site. Registration forms can be picked up at 395 Quickstop, 445 N. First St. in Hermiston. For more information email Davis at

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