The fair is called a reverse vendor fair because vendors are the ones walking around to different departments’ tables.
This was the university’s third annual vendor fair. Event organizers say the crowd grows each year.
“Approximately over 620 company representatives that were preregistered coming, we had some day of registration as well. I think we had a really big turnout, and I’m hoping we exceeded our expectations,” said Cathey Susman, Director of Purchasing and Contractors.
Departments at the University of Oregon do their own purchasing and contracting, so this fair allows vendors to meet with departments they haven’t worked with.