Home & Outdoor Expo

The Klamath Basin HBA has hosted the Home & Outdoor Expo (Home Show, Home & Garden Show) in Klamath Falls for over 40 years. Our staff and volunteers put in a tremendous amount of hours and take pride in the event that we put on every year. So it is with great disappointment that we must announce the 2021 Home & Outdoor Expo is cancelled.

The HBA board spent quite a bit of time reviewing the restrictions and trying to find a way that holding the show would make sense. The decision to not hold the event was arrived at by weighing the following:

  • State guidelines have not relaxed enough to support the daily attendance within the Event Center.
  • 100 vendors we approximately about 2 people per booth.
  • The event requires the support of about 75 volunteers each year. Most of these volunteers come from the category that is most at risk for COVID.
  • This event draws in between 3,500 and 4,500 visitors each year. (We are only counting single adult ticket purchases, not children or those who come back in after their ticket is purchased.)
  • There is a risk of liability if even one person decided to sue the HBA and all of our vendors for ‘contracting COVID during the Expo’.

We also consulted with other HBA’s around the state who were planning no events (especially large-scale, indoor events) at least into the early summer. Our decision was not based on “fear of what our governor is holding over us” so much as concern for our community, members and vendors. Regardless of any personal opinions we had to put concern for the whole at the top of the list.

We understand that not holding the event is painful for our vendors. Unfortunately it hurts the HBA as about 85% of our annual revenue is the Expo. We did not want to cancel the Expo, but believe that to protect our community, volunteers and vendors, this is the right thing to do.

It is our sincere hope that you will understand the position we are in and that we will see you for the 2022 Expo.

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