Farm Show a high­light on cal­en­dar of events

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Ot­tawa Val­ley Farm Show man­age­ment has de­cided to add fanfare and a dash of pa­tri­o­tism to the 88th edi­tion March 10-12.

For the first time ever, farm show di­rec­tors will be piped up to the podium at 12 noon on open­ing day, March 10. They’ll be easily iden­ti­fied in new bur­gundy and gold gear de­signed to make them more con­spic­u­ous through­out the show when visi­tors have ques­tions about booth lo­ca­tions or other top­ics.

Also for the first time, trib­ute will be paid to the Cana­dian mil­i­tary; O Canada will be sung, and the Maple Leaf will be raised to stand proud for the en­tire show. A bag­piper, singer, and Cana­dian Armed Forces rep­re­sen­ta­tion have been ar­ranged. “We of­ten travel to farm shows and fairs in the U.S. to see how oth­ers do it,” said John Roosendaal, pres­i­dent of Ot­tawa Val­ley Seed Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, which spon­sors the Ot­tawa show. “We’ve been struck by the pa­tri­o­tism and pride in the mil­i­tary demon­strated at the Amer­i­can shows. We don’t do enough of that in Canada and we thought we could start the ball rolling.”

Among other at­trac­tions at the 2015 OVFS will be the Seed Grow­ers Awards and dis­play, the Pedi­greed Seed Sale with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Eastern On­tario, the an­nual guest artist, a chain­saw sculp­tor who’ll carve an over­sized corn cob to be sold at the auc­tion, guess the weight of the fiber­glass bull and brass bell con­test, an­tiques, quilt and 4-H dis­plays, and the On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture tailgate lun­cheon. In prepa­ra­tion for the seed awards, judg­ing will take place March 7 at the Greely Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, not far from the main show venue.

Qual­i­fied judges from across Eastern On­tario take part ev­ery year in se­lect­ing the top seed crops to fea­ture at the show.

Some 350 ex­hibitors will be on hand at the OVFS with the latest in farm ma­chin­ery, equip­ment, and ser­vices. In ad­di­tion to ma­chin­ery com­pa­nies, seed deal­ers, agri­cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions are well rep­re­sented. Farm show man­age­ment would like to re­mind its guests that, this year, the event doesn’t land dur­ing On­tario Spring Break. “It’s the way the cal­en­dar works out ev­ery five or six years,” said Gen­eral Man­ager Tom Van Dusen. “We ex­pect many farm kids to show up any­way, with their par­ents tak­ing them out of school for a day be­cause they un­der­stand the ed­u­ca­tional value of the farm show.”

Mr. Van Dusen said he loves see­ing chil­dren on site be­cause they’re the farm­ers of to­mor­row fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of their par­ents and grand­par­ents who rou­tinely at­tend the show in pre­par­ing for the new grow­ing sea­son.

The event takes place at the Ernst & Young Cen­tre, 4899 Up­lands Dr., Ot­tawa.

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