Farming Named Official Publication of Vermont Farm Show


Farming, The Journal of Northeast Agriculture, has been named the official publication of the Vermont Farm Show. Farming staff is working with the farm show committee to put together a program that will be handed out at the three-day event.

The 81st Vermont Farm Show will be held at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vt., January 29-31, 2013. 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.

For more information about the show, contact Jackie Folsom at 802-426-3579 or, or visit