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The Ottawa Valley Farm Show begins

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show begins

The OVFS celebrates its 90th year

By Jennifer Jackson

Ottawa’s largest farm show is kicking off its 90th year – and farmers will not want to miss it. The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) runs from Mar. 14 to 16 at the EY Centre in Ottawa and features some 350 exhibitors.

What first began as a seed fair in 1927, now offers everything from antiques to equipment, and livestock displays to tools.

Exhibitors will present a wide array of information and farmers can expect the latest in agriculture products, according to Tom Van Dusen, OVFS general manager.

“We usually get the latest innovations and technologies on display at the show,” he says. “Drones have made a big appearance in the past,” for example.

The show will cater to farmers of all ages, with entertainment ranging from bingo to a tailgate gathering for Junior Farmers.

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“We welcome the youngest to the oldest, and all in-between,” Van Dusen says. “The farmers keep coming (and) they bring their grandkids. There is as much of a social aspect as there is shopping.”

The third day of the exhibit will house the Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Auction. Benefits from the sale go to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – the OVFS has raised some $130,000 for the hospital to this day, according to Van Dusen.

Other show highlights include live music, cookie decorating contests, a souvenir barn and a craft brewery session discussing barley and hops.

This year, the show has partnered with Foodland Ontario, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Pork and Beef Farmers of Ontario to provide local meals each day of the fair.

For the first time, farmers can pre-buy tickets on the OVFS website for a reduced cost of $9. Tickets are also available at the door for $12.

Farmers can find a schedule of events on the OVFS website.

Stop by the booth (#2413) to enter to win a Husqvarna chain saw.