Oregon Logging Conference: 'A much better turnout from last year'

EUGENE, Ore. - Thousands of people visited the Oregon Logging Conference this weekend, higher attendance than the past two years.

"It has been a great experience this year and a much better turnout from last year," said Dan Brown of Crowley Equipment, a Eugene company that buys and resells machinery.

The event, now in its 76th year, had nearly 200 vendors. The conference featured one of the largest logging, construction, trucking and heavy equipment expos west of the Mississippi at the Lane Events Center from Thursday, Feb. 20, to Saturday, Feb. 22.

Lars Larson, a talk radio show host, was the keynote speaker Thursday.

Over the course of three days, guests were able to view or take part in logging activities, such as cutting timber, experiencing machine simulators and sitting inside logging trucks and heavy equipment.

The event attracted families with kids who were full of energy once they caught sight of the large display of trucks and machinery, loggers and those interested in logging.

John Michaels came to the conference to connect with others in the industry. "It's a great way to meet up with friends who have the same interests," he said.