|Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
And don’t miss this year’s show artist Joan Hopkins, chainsaw carver Josh Dagg, guess-the-weight contest featuring a fiberglass bull and brass bell, and special
opening day guest Dr. Rolly Armitage, WWII veteran and legendary eastern Ontario horseman. This year, farm show directors and guests will be piped to the
podium, the Maple Leaf will be raised and “O Canada” will be sung.
In 2015, show dates don’t coincide with March Break in Ontario schools; but children - the farmers of the future - are always 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 8 and Monday March 9. Please cooperate by paying close attention to your move-in
times available on the web site 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 with Freeman in advance. 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 loading doors.
PARKING: EY Centre management charges $8 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. Surplus truck and equipment
parking is available free of charge at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
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 to have the best entries in several seed crop categories. The OVSGA hosts 16 different trophies in various categories. Final judging will take place
Saturday March 7 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, almost $110,000 has been raised, earning special recognition from CHEO.
See you at the show!
Tom Van Dusen,
The Ottawa Valley Farm Show, Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show, marks its 88th year of operation this
March 10-12. 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 360 reputable exhibitors from Ontario and Quebec will be on hand for the three-day OVFS at Ottawa’s EY 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 Arlene Ross, and myself, look forward to seeing you at the
Among features of the 2015 show will be livestock information booths at the main entrance and the Seed Growers’ Court of
Honour, booth 1231. The official opening, seed growers awards, pedigreed seed sale, 4-H 100th anniversary display, quilt show,
antiques presented by the Vintage Iron and Traditions club, Agriculture More Than Ever display, live broadcasting by Valley
Heritage Radio… all will be part of the show.
And don’t miss this year’s show artist Joan Hopkins, chainsaw carver Josh Dagg, guess-the-weight contest featuring a
fiberglass bull and brass bell, and special opening day guest Dr. Rolly Armitage, WWII veteran and legendary eastern
Ontario horseman. This year, farm show directors and guests will be piped to the podium, the Maple Leaf will be raised and
“O Canada” will be sung.
|2015 GENERAL MANAGER'S MESSAGE
Kids Under 12
Free with Parents