Dundas Seed and Forage Show successful and entertaining despite the lower attendance

Above, Brian Groniger accepts Champion Haylage Qualoty Exhibit award from Menk Huizenga of Ottawa Valley Harvestore. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

DIXONS CORNERS — Local farmers, agri-business owners and bakers gathered at the Matilda Hall, Dixons Corners on Friday, March 13 for the Dundas Seed and Forage Show. The annual Dundas Soil and Crop Improvement Association (DSCIA) affair saw an unfortunate loss of traffic both from the public and the vendors due to the COVID-19. 

According to organizer and DSCIA member Mark Tibben, “three vendors did not attend and one set up and was then notified by management not to attend.” Although it is not certain Tibben believes the COVID-19 pandemic played a role in those vendor no shows. 

Despite the lower attendance the seed show went forward and the top winner of the day was Winchester Agricultural Research Station. They earned five first place submissions including Premier 1st Time Exhibitor awarded in honour of the late Francis Henderson. This was the station’s first time being allowed to participate in the show.

Above, Ian Deschiffart who represented the Winchester Agricultural Research Station accepts 1st place Wheat Crops award from Agri-Partners owner Tim Moher. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

The baking competition on the other hand, still saw an amazing nine entries. Bakers were asked to bake a dozen doughnuts of their choice. It was surprising how many different doughnut variations there were. 

When it came down to deciding who the DSCIA would approach to be guest judges, group member Graham Duke knocked the ball out of the park. Who better to judge a competition about doughnuts than cops?

Constable Tylor Copeland was one of three police officers to judge the homemade doughnuts and entered the Hall with a huge smile on his face.

“Well this is certainly the tastiest call I’ve ever been to,” he joked. 

He along with officers Constable Eric Ranger and Sergeant Matt Eamer were the fortunate taste testers of the deep fried treats. 

The judges were asked to first judge based solely on presentation then on the taste.

Coming out on top was champion baker, Adrian Lee.

Above, SD&G OPP Police officers Constable Eric Ranger, Sergeant Matt Eamon, and Constable Tylor Copeland stand alongside Champion Baker, Adrian Lee. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Adrian was very proud of his accomplishments but gave a huge amount of credit to his mother Dianne.

“I want to thank my mom,” said Lee.

“I want to thank her for the use of her kitchen and all of the ingredients too,” he continued.

“Without her guidance and her equipment I couldn’t have done it.”

“It was her recipe too!” he added with a chuckle. 

Lee explained that though he is a farmer he didn’t have any crops to enter this year so he entered the baking competition instead.

Lee was the runner up last year and wanted to try for the red ribbon this year, “And I did it!” he laughed. 

Constable Copeland was asked by Mark Tibben to explain their reasoning.

“They were all delicious,” Copeland explained. “But how can you go wrong with jam and sugar?”

“And that’s about as far as I’m going to go with that … I have a lot of weapons but I don’t trust all the women if I say anything negative stuff, “ he said comically. 

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