History of Ag Expo
The New Mexico Ag Expo was conceived by Barry Barkley, an employee of C&S Oil, Inc, in Portales, NM., Barkley had participated in similar shows in Tulare, Calif.
He approached Gary Wiley, a member of Roosevelt County Board of Economic Development and Dallan Sanders, who was serving as director at the time, about having an annual agriculture trade show in Portales.
A steering committee was formed in 1992. Some of the members included: Dallan Sanders, Barry Barkley, Gary Wiley, Floyd McAlister, Chase Gentry, Randy McCasland, Bud Strong, Nancy Gentry and Winston Cox.
The first show was held March 4-5, 1993, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. There were 75 exhibitors at the first two-day show.