The Woolwich Observer

Spring brings farming to the fore

Preparatio­ns well underway for the Drayton Farm Show, which this year celebrates its 40th outing

- Julian Gavaghan

WITH THE WORST OF WINTER hopefully behind us, it’s time to start thinking of spring and spring-like activities. One of those local events is the Drayton Farm Show, where farmers and residents alike can get an up-close look at all kinds of farm machinery, purchase some new equipment, or just enjoy the good food.

In that vein, thousands of agricultur­e industry workers are preparing to go to the 40th Drayton Farm Show next week.

The event, which was establishe­d in 1981 and is organized by the town’s Kinsmen Club, takes place on April 10 and 11 at the PMD Arena.

More than 100 exhibitors will be showing off many kinds of farm equipment, including up to 30 different kinds of tractors, said chairman Ray Kuper, who is expecting around 2,000 visitors.

“It gets the farmers out and they get talking to other businesses and see what kind of new products are out there that could help them,” he explained.

“Whether it be crop management or livestock management or banks or insurance, there will be a lot of expertise here.”

He said the show, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic between 2020 and 2022, is also “very much a social occasion” for farmers and other workers in the agricultur­e industry.

Among businesses with exhibition­s at the Drayton Farm Show is Elmira’s Premier Equipment, a John Deere dealership.

Tickets to the two-day event cost $5 for adults, $2 for children over 8 years old and are free for those under that age.

In keeping with the tradition of selling a different toy tractor every year, this year’s 40th edition model is a 1/16 scale replica of a John Deere 5125R, costing $150.

The real 4.3-ton 123 horsepower machine, which was sold between 2017 and 2021, cost $94,000 when new. Organizers say they will only sell 40 of these special edition models and they usually get snapped up pretty quickly.

The Kinsmen, who last year raised $25,000 for charity through the event, give the proceeds to a range of different causes.

“Usually about $5,000 a year from the show goes towards cystic fibrosis, that’s our main charity,” added Kuper.

The Drayton Farm Show is being held between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on April 10 and 11 a.m. and 9.p.m. on April 11 at the PMD Arena on Main Street West in Drayton.

To preorder a special edition model tractor or make any other enquiries about the event, email draytonfar­mshow@live. com.

inexpensiv­ely as possible, pests that reduce food production will need to be controlled.

Some small farms can manually control pests. But not medium- to large-scale modern farming operations. And with chronic labour shortages in all sectors, manual labour of any kind is increasing­ly less attainable.

Thanks to science, today’s farm chemicals are supposed to be safer than ever. They’re more targeted, as is the machinery that applies them… that is, until drift takes over.

So let’s support farmers’ efforts to lower the boom on drift, use as few chemicals as possible and keep chemicals where they belong.

 ?? Julian Gavaghan ?? Amanda Wright of Premier Equipment in Elmira, which is one of more than 100 exhibitors at the Drayton Farm Show.
Julian Gavaghan Amanda Wright of Premier Equipment in Elmira, which is one of more than 100 exhibitors at the Drayton Farm Show.

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