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Pansies for sale from Misty Hill Farms are shown in this March 2015 photo taken at the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The 2018 edition of the market opens on Saturday, Jan. 12.  

The Corvallis Indoor Winter Market opens for the season Saturday at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St.

Hours for the market, which will run each Saturday through April 13, are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers say that this year's fair is bigger than ever, with more than 50 vendors, including booths from Denison Farms, Gathering Together Farm and other farms. Vendors will sell beef, pork, lamb, chicken and seafood along with honey, mushrooms and fresh flowers. The market usually attracts two or three bakeries and a variety of craft vendors.

Because of the growing number of vendors, the fair has expanded beyond its usual locale, Guerber Hall at the fairgrounds. This year, about half of the booths will be under the roof adjacent to Guerber Hall, which will allow protection from the winter weather. The market often usually features musicians inside the hall and buskers outside.

Opening day activities will include drawings for gift bags filled with produce, gift certificates and other items from market vendors.

Organizers encourage patrons to park in the large lot off Reservoir Avenue. The outdoor portion of the market begins just inside the fencing and the gate is marked.

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