Tractors & Hot Air Balloons: A Visit to the SAGE Center

It’s no secret that Eastern Oregon has deep agricultural roots. In the spaces between our mighty rivers, pristine forests, and majestic peaks, you’ll find miles of rolling terrain and honest, hardworking farmers carefully cultivating crops that feed people around the world. Survey our rugged landscape and you’re also likely to spot weathered cowboys tending to impressive cattle herds. That’s how it’s been for generations.

The SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon celebrates this proud heritage with fun, interactive displays devoted to Eastern Oregon’s sustainable agriculture and energy industries.

SAGE Center - Elizabeth FarrarWhen designing the SAGE Center, the Port of Morrow focused on developing exhibits that give visitors a memorable, hands-on experience. Guests can take a turn sorting onions as they tumble by on a conveyor belt or use a giant global map to track shipments of wheat as they travel around the world.

Don’t miss the fantastic (and highly addictive) tractor simulator where you can test your ability to plant a straight row of corn. Hint: It’s harder than it looks.

Sage Center Tractor Simulator - Elizabeth FarrarThere are also creative and colorful displays about agricultural tools and products, a tribute to some local farming families, and a massive moving sculpture that follows the life of a potato from the field to your dinner table.

But the crown jewel of the SAGE Center is the hot air balloon experience, which provides a stunning ‘airborne’ tour of Morrow County and is so authentic that some guests have reported air sickness.

Sage Center Balloon - Sage Center

Photo Courtesy of the Sage Center

For directions and all the information you need to plan your visit, click here. Don’t miss the top-notch gift shop for unique gifts, local wines and handmade art and jewelry.

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Elizabeth Farrar is a freelance writer and travel enthusiast living in the heart of Eastern Oregon. She enjoys photography, yoga, reading, drinking Oregon Pinot and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks. To read more of Liz’s work, please visit: www.elizabethfarrar.com.

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