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.
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.
Jackie Folsom, vice president and manager, Vermont Farm Show
If you have questions about space availability, contact Folsom.
Ronald Greenwood, president, Vermont Farm Show
Visit www.vermontfarmshow.com 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.
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!
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
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Cargill Animal Nutrition
CCR Sales & Service, Inc.
CDL USA, Inc.
Champlain Valley Equipment
Co-operative Insurance Companies
Daedalus Solar Works
Dairy Marketing Services
Davon Sales, Inc.
Deep Valley Farm, Inc.
DNB Marketing Solutions
Dominion & Grimm, Inc.
Eaton Agricorp & Hakmet
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
Hicks Sales LLC
Homestead Fence Co.
Hud-Son Forest Equipment
Huestis Farm Supply
In Stitches/Green Mountain Signs
J.S. Woodhouse Co., Inc.
John Thompson's Golf Carts
Kent Nutrition Group
Kingdom Creamery of Vermont
Kuhn North America
L.W. Greenwood & Sons
Lake Champlain Basin Program
Land & Mowing Solutions
Lely Center Vermont
Lenny's Shoe & Apparel
Liftech Equipment Co.
Lionel Theriault/Harvest Equipment
Manosh Water Wells
Morrison's Custom Feeds
NE SARE/UVM Extension
New England Dairy & Food
New Tech Feed
Northeast Agricultural Sales, Inc.
Northeast Farm Sales & Service, Inc.
Northern Grain Growers
Orleans County Fair
Outback Heating, Inc./Heatmor
Paul Stanley Crop Management
Pete's Equipment Sales
Pike Farm Repairs
Resource Management, Inc.
Riverside Tractor, part of CV Equipment
Rouse Tire Sales, Inc.
Select Sire Power, Inc.
St. Albans Cooperative Creamery
Stephenson Agri Sales Co., Inc.
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 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 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.
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.