Sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association
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
non-profit basis.

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 8, 9, 10, 2016
At the Ernst & Young Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hours of Operation
Tuesday, March 8, 2016:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2016:  9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 10, 2016:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

See you at the 2016 Ottawa Valley Farm Show
March 8, 9, 10, 2016
EY Centre,
4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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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They were late coming but past presidents Bruce Hudson and Jim Arbuckle finally received
commemorative pins from the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers during their regular meeting
Oct. 7. A manufacturing delay put off presentation of the pins which are given to all
outgoing OVSG presidents.

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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.
2017:  March 14, 15, 16, 2017
Chesterville farmer Marty Derks, chairman of the Kemptville College Renewal Task Force,
brought Ottawa Valley Seed Growers directors up to speed during their regular meeting Oct.
7. Derks requested a $12,000 donation to help fund a business plan into the college’s future
which directors approved.
February 25, 2015

Armed Forces veteran, veterinarian, former racetrack and airport manager, former municipal politician, horse trainer and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Dr. Rolly
Armitage, 90, recently found time to become an author.

Last fall, Armitage published “The Way it Was and Now”, a memoir of his wide range of experiences told through a series of vignettes. With his health intact, he thought it was time to
add a book to his list of accomplishments. Armitage will sign copies of the book when he appears at the 88th Ottawa Valley Farm Show on opening day March 10. “I can’t think of a
better representative of Canada’s Armed Forces and the area agricultural community,” said Barry Dean who asked Armitage to attend. Dean is a member of the board of directors of the
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association which organizes the show.

This year, the show will take on a more patriotic flavour and honour Canada’s military. Armitage will march in a procession of farm show directors to be bagpiped to the podium at 12
noon on the first day. The Maple Leaf will be raised – loaned by exhibitor Ontario Flag and Pole – and “O Canada” will be sung. Seed Growers president John Roosendaal said directors
felt it was time to salute the country’s front line troops.

Wounded in Normandy, a teenage Armitage fought across the battlefields of Europe from 1942 to 1946. Following the war, he attended Ontario Veterinary College, graduating in 1951.
He went on to earn a reputation as a leader in the harness racing industry and as a successful breeder of Standardbreds.

Fittingly, the featured art at this year’s show is “Wild Horses”, an original by Joan Hopkins, 83, now residing in Russell. Hopkins began drawing as a young girl living at her grandfather’
s farm in rural England during WWII. The painting will be auctioned Thursday March 12 during the annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale.

Other attractions this year are chainsaw carver Josh Dagg who’ll create on site a large corn cob to be offered at the seed sale, and a contest to accurately guess the weight of a fiberglass
bull and the brass bell attached to its neck with a custom leather strap. And here’s a bonus… On Wednesday March 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Grey Cup will be on display in
Kubota booth 615, a big draw with the Canadian Football League back in Ottawa.

This year, there are 360 exhibitors occupying every available square-foot of space at the EY Centre adjacent to Ottawa International Airport. Come check out the latest in machinery,
equipment and services available to farmers and the rural community. “We’re the oldest farm show in the province, the largest east of Western Ontario and, and one of the most
prominent trade shows of any type held in Ottawa,” said General Manager Tom Van Dusen, adding that the OVFS is a member of the prestigious Farm Show Council which strives for
excellence among its members across North America.

Tom Van Dusen, GM, OVFS, 613-445-3407.
Mary Joynt of Smiths Falls has retired as Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association.
Her duties have now been assumed by Arlene Ross of Ottawa.
  Arlene Ross
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association
613 791-3900
January 22, 2014

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.

Oct. 22, 2014.
Another scam making the rounds of North American farm shows is perpetrated by an outfit called National Travel Associates which claims
to contact exhibitors on show management’s behalf. It offers blocks of rooms allegedly at a discount price.
Some Ottawa Valley Farm Show exhibitors have been contacted as have exhibitors with other shows. We don’t book blocks of rooms. We
only offer hotel and motel recommendations on our web site. If this outfit calls or emails, ignore them or tell them you’re not interested.
Better still, tell them I’d like to talk to them at 613-445-3407.

Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
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