On September 25, Washington County, the City of Hillsboro, Swinerton, and LRS Architects held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Washington County Event Center. The event featured speeches from individuals within the community that have worked tirelessly over the past 20 years to make this project possible.

The new 89,000-square-foot facility will be the new centerpiece of the Fairgrounds revitalization. The combination of mass timber and CLT panels will greet visitors in the lobby, while mega-trusses and structural steel will construct the event areas. Consisting of over 62,000 square feet, the main expo hall will house 200 tradeshow booths, four conference rooms, three meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen, and an outdoor exhibit area. The building will be ready to host the 2020 “Big Fair Fun” of the Washington County Fair and host year-round activities for the community.