Again: Ottawa Valley Farm Show doors stay closed for 2021

Past presidents of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (organizer of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show) appear in the front two rows, with other directors behind, at the official opening of the 90th annual Show, in 2017. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Potential seed show competitors should collect samples anyway

OTTAWA — The longer the pandemic runs, the further into the future extends the wreckage of ruined plans: Latest case in point is the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, whose organizers have called off the 94th annual edition — at least the usual in-person form — that was otherwise set to occur five months from now.

The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers’ Association “regretfully” issued the decision on its social media channels yesterday, saying the March 9-11 Show “will not occur as the traditional in-person event.”

“Amid the pandemic and continued global health concerns, it now seems unlikely to be possible to safely convene thousands of people at the EY Centre in early March 2021,” adds the OVSGA. “The health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors, vendors, directors, and volunteers is our first priority, and at this stage the risk is too high. Thank you for your support and understanding through these challenging times. More information to come.”

Otherwise drawing hundreds of agribusiness exhibitors and thousands of visitors, it’s the second year running the pandemic has cratered the event. The 2020 show was an early casualty — cancelled entirely for the first time in its history — as the province passed a state of emergency last March in response to the COVID-19 virus.

However, in a response to the latest OVSGA post of Facebook, Barbara-Ann Glaude of the Stormont County Soil & Crop Improvement Association noted “a chance that the Seed Show may be able to be hosted in some manner so remember to keep your samples at harvest time this year just in case the County Seed shows are able to proceed in some manner in the late winter.”

The centre of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show is a traditional seed and forages show featuring the top entries from smaller county shows in the region.


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