|Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
club, Agriculture More Than Ever display, live broadcasting by Valley Heritage Radio… all will be part of the show.
As usual, show dates coincide with March Break in Ontario schools; children - the farmers of the future - are welcome at the show,
with no charge for those 12 years old and under accompanied by an adult. General admission is $10.
MOVE IN, OUT: For exhibitors, move-in days this year are Sunday March 9 and Monday March 10. Please cooperate by paying
close attention to your move-in times as we try to limit backup and confusion. Move-out begins at 4 pm on the final day of the show.
We ask all exhibitors to remain at their booths until closing time. Exhibitors are urged to book their electrical and curtaining
requirements in advance with Freeman, as rates increase substantially after the show opens. Curtains and signage should not block
visibility for adjacent booths, and exhibitors must keep their displays clear of traffic isles so as not to create congestion and a possible
breach of fire regulations. Only walk-in displays can enter through the front of the building; larger displays must enter through rear
PARKING: E&Y Centre management charges $7 for parking on the grounds. The Farm Show organization has no control over this
fee. Exhibitors can access an application form for a parking pass allowing unlimited entries and exits during the show. Exhibitors moving
in Sunday will park to unload at the rear of the building and on Monday, the Seed Growers are covering the cost of parking for all
exhibitors as a thank-you for your patronage.
OFFICIAL OPENING AND RECEPTION: Everyone is invited to our official opening at 12 noon Tuesday. Exhibitors are invited to
a reception at 5:15 on Tuesday; one drink and snacks are on us.
AWARDS CEREMONY: The annual Seed Awards ceremony will take place Wednesday afternoon. The occasion is used to recognize
Eastern Ontario growers judged earlier to have the best entries in several crop categories. The OVSGA hosts 16 different trophies in
various seed categories. Final judging will take place Saturday March 8 in Greely.
PEDIGREED SEED SALE: Please join us Thursday at 12 noon for the annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale, with proceeds going
to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Over 20 years, $100,000 has been raised, earning special recognition from CHEO.
Tom Van Dusen,
The Ottawa Valley Farm Show, Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show, marks its 87th year of
operation this March 11-13. It’s one of the longest continuous records in Canada of farmers organizing for
farmers, other rural residents and business people, an annual display of goods and services useful - often
indispensable - to them in the coming year.
Some 350 highly reputable exhibitors from Ontario and Quebec will be on hand for the three-day OVFS at
Ottawa’s Ernst & Young Centre beside the Ottawa International Airport. Directors of the Ottawa Valley
Seed Growers Association (OVSGA), sponsors of the Farm Show, President John Roosendaal, Secretary-
Treasurer Mary Joynt, and myself, look forward to seeing you at the show.
Among features of the 2014 show will be a cattle breed information display at the main entrance and the
Seed Growers’ Court of Honour located in booth 1231. The official opening, seed growers awards,
pedigreed seed sale, 4-H regional display, quilt show, antiques presented by the Vintage Iron and Traditions
|2014 GENERAL MANAGER'S MESSAGE
Kids Under 12
Free with Parents