Farming Magazine - January, 2013


Vermont Farm Show

January 29-31, 2013, Essex Junction, Vt.

The 81st Vermont Farm Show will be held at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vt., January 29-31. The show grew out of the old Vermont Dairymen's Association and Maple Sugar Makers' Association meeting, which had been held for numerous years. In 1930, these meetings were held at the Memorial Auditorium, which was only a few years old at the time. In 1932, Orlando Martin asked the director of the Department of Agriculture if there was any possible way to put an educational exhibit and product competition in the basement of the auditorium. That first exhibit was a huge success, and so began the Vermont Farm Show.

The product competitions and the union agriculture meetings continued to grow and prosper in Burlington through 1946. The only two years meetings and competitions did not take place were the war years of 1943 and 1944. In 1947, the union agriculture meetings and farm products contests were moved to the Barre Municipal Auditorium. The change from Burlington to Barre was necessitated by the leasing of the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington to the Veteran's Administration.

In November 1957, the Vermont Farm Show, Inc. was officially organized and incorporated. The official bylaws of the organization were revised and adopted at a meeting held May 15, 1979.

During its first 80 years, the show has undergone many changes that reflect the diversity of Vermont agriculture. The addition of exhibitors in the outdoor ice rink in 1984 was only one of many physical changes as the show grew larger and more diverse. Another significant change occurred in 2012, when the location was moved from Barre to the Champlain Valley Exposition grounds in Essex Junction.

Show Hours

Tuesday, January 29 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 31 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

2013 Vermont Farm Show Contest Information

All entries must have been produced in Vermont by resident farmers or homemakers, except for members in the VT-NH associations. Any youth who has had an active part of farm products may submit one entry per class. (Youth are those under 19 years of age.) Only one adult entry per farm is allowed in each class. Each entry must have an official entry tag completely filled out. All contestants must make out their own entry tag. Tags may be marked at the top in such a way that only contestants can recognize their own entry. The contestant's name and address will not be exposed on tags where products are not judged to be honorable mention or excellent. Judges may state suggestions for improvement.

All products must be delivered by hand, not mailed, and must be presented to attendants between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday, January 28, at the CVE site.

Christmas trees must be submitted no later than 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29. Judging will begin at 4 p.m., Monday, January 28, with the exception of Christmas trees.

After the show, ribbons and cash awards will be mailed to each contestant. All entries, containers, scorecards and recipes become property of the Vermont Farm Show. All rulings of contest superintendents are final.

Entries judged to be excellent in each class will receive $10 and a ribbon. Christmas trees judged excellent will receive $12. The class winner in each class will receive $10 and a ribbon. The best of show in each category of products will receive $50 and a best of show ribbon. Entries meeting acceptable class standards, but not judged as excellent, will receive an honorable mention ribbon.

Product categories include apples, maple products, maple syrup, wreaths, honey, vegetables, eggs, home products, handspun fibers, silage and grains, and hay. For more information, call Jackie Folsom at 802-426-3579 or Teresa Doyle at 802-454-7328.

Contact Information

Jackie Folsom, vice president and manager, Vermont Farm Show

Telephone: 802-426-3579
Cellphone: 802-777-3857
If you have questions about space availability, contact Folsom.

Ronald Greenwood, president, Vermont Farm Show
Telephone: 802-728-5453
Fax: 802-728-9886

Visit for more information.

Directions to the Champlain Valley Exposition

Champlain Valley Exposition

105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, VT 05452

From upstate New York:

Take Lake Champlain/Grand Isle Ferry (fee) from Cumberland Head Island (near Plattsburgh, N.Y.) to North Hero, Vt. (a 20-minute ride). Take Route 2 East to Route 2A in Colchester. Take Route 2A all the way to Essex Junction; you can enter the fairgrounds by either Gate E or F. If both gates are closed, continue on Route 2A until you come to the five corners; then take Route 15 for about half a mile to Gate B.

From Albany:

Take I-87 to Lake George, N.Y.; take Route 149 to Fort Ann, N.Y.; take Route 4 East to Fairhaven, Vt. (Exit 2); take left onto Route 22A, all the way to Vergennes. On the north side of Vergennes, you will come to Route 7. Go north on Route 7 approximately 20 miles to I-189. Take I-189 to I-89 North; take I-89 North to Exit 15 (Winooski/Essex Junction). Take a right on Route 15; approximately 4 miles to the fairgrounds entrance (Gate B) on the left.

From Boston and New Hampshire:

Take I-89 North to Exit 12 (Williston). Take a right turn onto Route 2A for approximately 4 miles to the five corners in Essex Junction. Take a left onto Route 15; about half a mile to the fairgrounds entrance (Gate B).

From Montreal, Quebec:

Take Route 133 to I-89 South. Travel approximately 35 miles south to Exit 17 (Milton). Take Route 2 East to Route 2A in Colchester. Take Route 2A all the way to Essex Junction; you can enter the fairgrounds by either Gate E or F. If both gates are closed, continue on Route 2A until you come to the five corners; then take a right onto Route 15 for about half a mile to Gate B.

Visit these folks at the show!



AGSourcing International

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity

American Chestnut Foundation

American/Vermont Jersey Breeders

Avatar Energy LLC

Baker Ag Sales & Service

Bascom Maple Farms, Inc.

Black River Equipment


Bobcat of Champlain Valley

Booth Bros. Dairy

Bourdeau Bros./FCI

Cabot Creamery Cooperative

Camp Precast

Cargill Animal Nutrition

CCR Sales & Service, Inc.


Champlain Valley Equipment

Classic Stitching

Co-operative Insurance Companies

Country Folks

Daedalus Solar Works

Dairy Marketing Services

Dairy One

Davon Sales, Inc.

Deep Valley Farm, Inc.

DNB Marketing Solutions

Dominion & Grimm, Inc.

Eaton Agricorp & Hakmet

Efficiency Vermont

Farm Family Insurance

Farming, The Journal of Northeast Agriculture

Frazer Agency, Inc.

GEA Farm Technologies/Norbco

General Truck & Equipment, Inc.

Genex Cooperative, Inc.

Goodrich's Maple Farm

Guy's Farm & Yard

Harrison Concrete Construction

Hawkeye Ag

Hicks Sales LLC

Hoard's Dairyman

Homestead Fence Co.

Hud-Son Forest Equipment

Huestis Farm Supply


In Stitches/Green Mountain Signs

J.S. Woodhouse Co., Inc.

John Deere

John Thompson's Golf Carts

Kent Nutrition Group

Kimball Midwest

Kingdom Creamery of Vermont

Kuhn North America

L.W. Greenwood & Sons

Lake Champlain Basin Program

Land & Mowing Solutions

Lapierre USA
802-868-2328, 802-386-2650

Leader Evaporator

Lely Center Vermont

Lenny's Shoe & Apparel

Liftech Equipment Co.

Lionel Theriault/Harvest Equipment

Manosh Water Wells

Morrison's Custom Feeds

Mycogen Seeds

Nationwide Insurance

NE SARE/UVM Extension

New England Dairy & Food

New Tech Feed



Northeast Agricultural Sales, Inc.

Northeast Farm Sales & Service, Inc.

Northern Grain Growers


Organic Valley/CROPP

Orleans County Fair

Outback Heating, Inc./Heatmor

Paul Stanley Crop Management

Pete's Equipment Sales

Pike Farm Repairs

Poulin Grain

Resource Management, Inc.

Riverside Tractor, part of CV Equipment

Rouse Tire Sales, Inc.

Rural Vermont

Secco International

Select Sire Power, Inc.

St. Albans Cooperative Creamery

Stephenson Agri Sales Co., Inc.

Stubbe's Precast

The Barn Doctor

Timberwolf Mfg. Corp.

Union Agricultural Society




USDA/NASS/New England Field Office

UVM Extension/Ag Experiment Station

UVM Farm Viability

UVM Rural & Ag Voc Rehab


Vermont Ag Mediation Program

Vermont Agency of Agriculture

Vermont AgrAbility

Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

Vermont Beef Industry Council

Vermont Beef Producers Association

Vermont Beekeepers Association

Vermont Bird Fanciers Club

Vermont Butter & Cheese

Vermont Christmas Tree Association

Vermont Coverts

Vermont DHIA

Vermont Electric Power Co.

Vermont Engine Service

Vermont Engine Service

Vermont Farm Bureau

Vermont Farm Viability/VHCB

Vermont FFA Association

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels

Vermont Grass Farmers' Association

Vermont Horse Council

Vermont Land Trust

Vermont Llama & Alpaca Association

Vermont Maple Sugar Makers


Vermont Morgan Horse Association

Vermont Prime Emu Producers, Inc.

Vermont State Grange

Vermont State NFO

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Vermont Woodlands Association




Wellscroft Fence Systems


Wood Heating Systems LLC

Wood-Mizer Products, Inc.


Yankee Farm Credit

Zimmerman Cattle Control Co.

Special Events

On Tuesday, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers will meet, and Netaka White from Farm to Plate will do a session on bioenergy from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The Vermont Grocers' Association board will meet Wednesday, just before the Agency of Agriculture's Consumer Night, which will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. Also Wednesday, VTC will have a 2+2 meeting and an alumni dinner. Diane Bothfeld from the Agency of Agriculture will do a dairy update on Thursday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. The Vermont Dairy Industry Association and Vermont Organic Farmers will meet on Thursday.