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offering the latest in merchandise and services for farmers and other rural residents
The Ottawa Valley Farm Show is Ontario's longest running agricultural trade
show. From the beginning, it has been organized by farmers for farmers on a
The 87th edition of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) is gearing up. More than
350 exhibitors will be on hand at the Ernst & Young Centre offering a wide range
of farm machinery, equipment and services.
Thanks to all who helped to make the 2013 Ottawa Valley Farm Show such a great
|Since this Ottawa Valley Seed Growers website first opened on January 20, 2003,
this page has welcomed 86,573 visitors as of March 18, 2014.
|Farm Show Dates are March 10, 11, 12, 2015
At the Ernst & Young Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Hours of Operation
Tuesday, March 10, 2015: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2015: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 12, 2015: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
See you at the 2015 Ottawa Valley Farm Show
|March 10, 11, 12, 2015
Ernst & Young Centre,
4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
|The floor plan for the 2014 Ernst & Young Centre is now online.
The path is Exhibitor Information > Exhibitor List > Floor Plan
This logo represents the Farm Show Council
which comprises several major annual farm
shows across North America and beyond.The
Ottawa Valley Farm Show belongs to the
prestigious organization which strives to
improve the presentation and experience
supplied by its members through education,
communication and evaluation.
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers president John
Roosendaal receives from Jeff Waldroff one of the first
copies of the 2015 International Plowing Match
cookbook at a recent gathering in Finch where the
event will be held. Using several of the recipes,
organizing committee members prepared a lunch for
Roosendaal and other guests, including Ottawa Valley
Farm Show general manager Tom Van Dusen. The
Seed Growers donated $10,000 from the proceeds of
their annual farm show to help fund the cook book
containing 900 regional recipes. An IPM tradition, it
sells for $12 a copy.
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January 22, 2014
TO OUR EXHIBITORS:
A company called Event Fair has resumed contacting some Ottawa Valley Farm Show exhibitors and asking them to update information for
its Exhibitors Index. While this pitch may be harmless, OVFS management wants to emphasize that the show has no connection to Event
Fair and has not approved this solicitation in any way. The list of exhibitors we post on our web site as a service to companies and their
customers is freely accessible and obviously where Event Fair got its contacts. Without knowing any other details, we suggest our exhibitors
do not respond to Event Fair emails or letters.
Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
During a donor appreciation event held Oct.
17 at the Children's Hospital of Eastern
Ontario, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers
Association was publicly thanked for its
contributions to the institution over the past
20 years. The association reached the
Diamond Category ($100,000 - $499,999) of
giving to CHEO through the annual
Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale held as
part of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show.
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Seed Growers President John Roosendaal presents awards to University of Guelph Kemptville
Campus bursary winners.
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FAT LES’S COMING TO 2014 FARM SHOW
It’ll be a clear case of Les is more at the 2014 Ottawa Valley Farm Show, March
11-13 at the EY Centre. Les Winters of Kemptville will be bringing his Fat Les’s
food wagon to the show and parking it in a prominent location. The trailer will be
located outside the centre’s south entrance.
Les is known for his fine fries, poutine, onion rings and perch rolls. Those items
will all be available at the show, along with an egg and bacon-packed breakfast
The arrangement has been made possible through the cooperation of Great
Canadian Plates, the exclusive caterer at the EY Centre. The company has decided
to try the idea put forward by OVFS management on a trial basis; under the
agreement, Fat Les’s can’t offer items already on the GCP menu.
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers, who sponsor the show, felt something was needed to take the pressure off the two GCP inside concessions. At lunchtime,
lineups can cause serious congestion in the isles. One possible solution was to provide an outside dining option. “GCP deserves credit for trying this out,”
said Lynda McCuaig, chair of the show’s Food Services Committee. “It’s an experiment for everyone, including Les.” McCuaig speculated that farm
show visitors will be drawn to Les’ bright orange wagon, a sight familiar to many of them at Ottawa valley rural fairs. She said Winters was selected for
the trial because his services are well know to several OVSG directors, including herself.
Winters also has two permanent stands and operates the canteen at the North Grenville Community Centre.
In business for about 10 years, he’s looking forward to offering his menu selections at the farm show. The opportunity allows him to get his mobile
wagon on the road earlier than usual and could lead to further involvement in EY Centre events.
McCuaig noted that GCP is also providing a third inside location this year, a take-away counter at the rear of the centre. In addition, it’s supplying
lemonade, ice cream and roasted nut stands. “In terms of on-site food available to farm show exhibitors and visitors, 2014 is shaping up like a banner
The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Board of
Directors met in Kemptville on February
18, 2014, to finalize plans for the 2014
Ottawa Valley Farm Show. They posed for
a group photo after the meeting.
|TENTATIVE FARM SHOW DATES
2016: March 8, 9, 10, 2016
2017: March 14, 15, 16, 2017
Ottawa Valley Farm Show manager Tom Van Dusen and director Burt Grundy staff the
booth during the Mayor's Rural Expo held recently at Ottawa City Hall. Van Dusen
noted the farm show was invited to participate and was pleased to do so as one of the
largest agricultural events held annually within the city limits.