Ontarios oldest farm show will include record 365 exhibitors
OTTAWA The Ottawa Valley Farm Show is the oldest farm show in the province and the 88th show will be March 10-12 at the EY Centre at 4899 Uplands Dr., next to the Ottawa International Airport.
Sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, the show features 365 exhibits the largest number ever with another 50 on the waiting list. The show includes the annual seed show awards ceremony and the prestigious pedigreed seed sale, with proceeds going to the Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Also new this year is a chance for visitors to guess the weight of a fibreglass bull, adorned with a solid brass bell and a custom-made leather strap with 2015 Ottawa Valley Farm Show written on it. The winner gets the bell and strap.
“We couldnt really bring a live bull into the EY Centre,” said guess-the-weight organizer Barry Dean. “So our bull is made of fiberglass. One of the big advantages is that there are no cleanup duties.”
Admission is $10, while parking is $8. Even though this years event will not be held during the school March break week, kids 12-years-of-age and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. Organizers expect about 10,000 to 12,000 people at the show over three days.
The show is open Tuesday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 from 9 a.m. 8 p.m. and Thursday, March 12 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. For more, visit www.ottawafarmshow.com.