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Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show Opens Big

By Amanda Brodhagen,

Despite the hot weather, thousands of farmers flocked to the opening day of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show near Woodstock, Ont., on Tuesday.

It is a special year for the farm show, celebrating the 20th anniversary since it first began. Amongst farmers and spectators alike, opening ceremonies were unveiled on the back of a Dodge Ram pickup truck, one of the key sponsors of this year’s show. Ceremonies featured Dr. Deb Stark, Deputy Minister of Ontario Agriculture and Foods and the Ministry of Rural Affairs, Dana and Adam Thatcher, winners of the Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers Award and Patrick Mifsud, recipient of the OAFE Teacher Recognition Award were also recognized.

In addition to the typical opening ceremony announcements, there was a special pitch made about 4-H Canada’s newest fundraising campaign called $100 for 100 years, which was officially launched at the show. More about this campaign can be found by viewing the video found at the bottom of this page.

Special features at this year’s show include – test driving a brand new 2013 Ram Truck, the addition of a new lane called FCC Industry Pavilion, corn stalk chopper head demo, bale wrapping demos and more.

One of the most popular features, brought back by popular demand was DuPont Pioneer’s booth, which offers free pie. As early as 10:00am on Tuesday, farmers were lined up outside that pavilion to get a free slice! Another display that was turning a lot of heads was Dow Agro Sciences Mycogen Seeds visual display of corn and soybean root systems. Be sure to check out these displays and more at this year’s farm show.

The three-day show runs until September 12th. For more information visit their website at:

Pictures of day one of the farm show can be found by clicking here

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