|Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
|Among features of the 2013 show will be a cattle breed information display and the Seed Growers' Court of Honour located in booth 1231. The official opening, seed growers awards, pedigreed seed sale, 4-H regional display and 4-H Canada 100th anniversary celebration, quilt show, antiques presented by the Vintage Iron and Traditions club, live broadcasting from the site 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 10 and Monday March 11. Please cooperate by paying close attention to your move-in times (included) 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 displays which can be carried can enter through the front of the building; larger displays must enter through rear loading doors.
PARKING: E&Y Centre management charges for parking on the grounds. The Farm Show organization has no control over this fee. Exhibitors, you will find in your package 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.
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 where Farm Show management will acknowledge some of the companies and individuals with the longest records of participation.
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 9 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, $95,000 has been raised with a goal of $100,000 this time. Details are elsewhere on our web site where you can keep track of regular updates as we get closer to the show.
*ON A FINAL NOTE: Booth payments are now due. Please send payments as soon as possible in order to be included in the program. We have a long waiting list; if you have decided you can't attend the 2013 show, let us know promptly so we can transfer the space to another exhibitor.
Tom Van Dusen,
|Ontario's longest running agricultural trade show marks its 86th year of operation this March 12-14. It's one of the longest continuous records in Canada of farmers organizing for farmers, other rural residents and businesspeople, an annual display of goods and services useful - often indispensable - to them in the coming year.
Some 350 highly reputable exhibitors will be on hand for the three-day Ottawa Valley Farm Show at Ottawa's Ernst & Young Centre beside the airport (renamed from last year's CE Centre). Directors of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (OVSGA), sponsors of the Farm Show, President Bruce Hudson, Secretary-Treasurer Mary Joynt, and myself, look forward to seeing you at the show.
|2013 GENERAL MANAGER'S MESSAGE|
Kids Under 12
Free with Parents