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 12, the second day of the 2014 Ottawa Valley Farm Show
at the new Ernst & Young 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 Sale has, since its inception, has raised over $100,000 for
the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Calling the bids again this year will be Smiths Falls auctioneer and
farmer John Joynt, a director for many years with the OVSGA.
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For its 2014 featured Canadian rural artist, the Ottawa Valley Farm Show has reached
back to a previous selection for that honour. Ottawa artist Terry Cowan was front
and centre at the 2009 show. He’s back with a stunning acrylic depiction of a farmer
using the power of three horses to operate a thrasher while the family dog looks on.

Titled “Not That Long Ago”, the painting will be auctioned March 13 at 12 noon
during the Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern
Ontario. Over 20 years, the event has raised more than $100,000 for the hospital.  

The creation is set on what was the Cowan family farm near Kinburn. Terry had his
great grandfather in mind when he placed the farmer on the driver’s seat.
He deserves credit for making a generous contribution of most of the value of the
piece to CHEO. An annual donation from Secan to help acquire the seed sale painting
will cover cost of the framing.

In addition to several bags of seed and the art, an assortment of other interesting
items will be offered at the sale, with Ottawa Valley Seed Growers director and
auctioneer John Joynt wielding the gavel.
Terry has been an Armed Forces Peacekeeper in Cyprus and an OC Transpo diesel mechanic. But he has a gentler side too: “I drew and coloured pictures from early
childhood as most children do… I just never grew out of it.”  While stationed in Cyprus, he made posters that were hung on armoured cars. Working at OC Transpo, he
designed a company flag as well as logos and pins. In the evening, he painted birds and other wildlife, developing a keen interest in rural subject matter.

Now a full-time artist, the Nepean Fine Art League member has participated in exhibitions across Ontario. “My interest lies in texture, colors and shapes more than subject
whether I’m painting a chickadee or a steam train.”