|Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
PARKING: Families get a financial break this year: Parking and wifi service will be free for both visitors and exhibitors. This represents a major expense by the
Seed Growers as a way of giving back to farm families and show supporters in general. Exhibitors are asked not to park big trucks and trailers in the public lot
for the duration of the show, but to move them to nearby Rideau Carleton Raceway.
MOVE IN, OUT: For exhibitors, move-in days this year are Sunday March 6 and Monday March 7. 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 well 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.
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 $120,000 has been raised for the cause.
See you at the show!
Tom Van Dusen,
The Ottawa Valley Farm Show, Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show, marks its 89th year of operation this
March 8-10. 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 to them in the coming year.
Some 350 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 Cecil Cass, Secretary-Treasurer Arlene Ross, and myself, look forward to seeing you at the show.
Among features of the 2016 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 displays, quilt show, antiques and a
collector toy tractor sale 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 featured painting, chainsaw carver Josh Dagg back by popular demand, guess-the-weight contest
featuring a fiberglass bull, and special opening day guests. Once again 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 2016, 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.
|2016 GENERAL MANAGER'S MESSAGE
Kids Under 12
Free with Parents