Going back to the beginning, the heart of the Ottawa Valley Farm
Show remains the Seed Show, part of Hall of Fame exhibit mounted
by the Farm Show's sponsor, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers
Association, near the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Court of Honour.

Every year, qualified judges come in ahead of opening day to assess
the various crop and seed entries and determine the prize winners.
Those entries then go on display in the Court of Honour, along with
trophies to be awarded at a special ceremony.
The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association will host a reception for Seed
Awards winners March 11, the second day of the 2015 Ottawa Valley Farm Show
at the new EY Centre. To be held near the Court of Honour beginning at 12
noon, the event will consist of awards presentation open to all visitors, and
luncheon reserved for winners and their guests.

The ceremony used to be held on the final day of the show following the annual
Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale. This was changed in 2007.  "We decided to
separate the awards ceremony from the sale and give it stature on its own as an
important part of the show," said Seed Committee Chairman Jim Arbuckle.
The Seed Auction always features an agriculturally releted
piece of art, and Phyllis MacMaster has been the successful
bidder for many of them.
The Ottawa Valley Farm Show original painting for 2016
powerfully depicts competitors getting their charges set for a horse
pull. Suitably, the piece by Glengarry County artist John Clark
Sims is entitled “Preparing for the Pull.”

Sims works out of what is known as the old Telegraph House at
Lochiel. His focus is rural and agricultural landscapes, horses and
portraits. A former jewelry maker, he sticks to oil on canvas
renditions these days. “For me, painting is a way to really see the
world around me, feel its moods and appreciate its mystery,” Sims

Born in Philadelphia, he’s a graduate of the Boston Museum
School of Fine Arts. After moving to Canada in 1973, Sims worked
for several years in Montreal as a technical illustrator and graphic
artist. In the 1970s and 80s, Sims’ artistic output – paintings of
Quebec scenery and historic buildings – was widely exhibited
through various
galleries, with many pieces ending up in private collections.

Along with partner Margaret Caldbick, Sims relocated to Glengarry
County in 1999. He has shown in many Eastern Ontario venues
including the Abby for the Arts, the Arbor Gallery and Glengarry
Pioneer Museum.
Admission $10

Kids Under 12
Free with Parents

Free Parking
These two carvings by chainsaw
artist Josh Dagg will be among
the special items up for auction
at the 2016 Prestigious Seed Sale
on Thursday, March 10.
Thanks to the annual generosity of SeCan and a special price from the artist, “Preparing for the Pull” will be auctioned off at 12 noon on the last day (March 10) of the
2016 farm show, with proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Since it was introduced 23 years ago, the annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale of seed and other items has raised $120,000 for CHEO.