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Over 57,000 visit Agriculture Expo during 2-day trial run

TAIPEI--The Yunlin Agriculture Expo drew more than 57,000 visitors on its two-day trial run, highlighting minor issues such as traffic control that organizers aim to improve before the event formally starts Dec. 25 in the southern county.

Following some 17,000 visitors a day earlier, the expo attracted over 40,000 Sunday, five times the design capacity of around 7,000, the Yunlin County government said.

Thanking the public for its support, county Magistrate Su Chih-fen said the influx of guests helped the government discover several areas in need of improvement.

Organizers said that during the trial, they found traffic in and around the site in Huwei Township was less than ideal, while beverages in the expo were being sold for high prices and visitors found their mobile phone reception limited.

Overnight rain also proved to be a challenge for the expo's installations made out of paper, including a two-story tall replica of Taiwan's Presidential Office.

The expo did note the use of polylactide cups made from corn starch instead of plastic or paper, part of an effort to make the expo environmentally friendly.

The Agriculture Expo, which according to its website aims at exploring sustainable development in the sector, will run through March 6, 2014.

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