Vermont Farm Show is Midwinter Celebration of Agriculture and Food in the Green Mountain State
155 exhibitors, Consumer Night and Job Fair All Part of 2018 Show at Champlain Valley Exposition on Jan. 30-Feb.1
Essex Junction, Vt. – It’s going to be another exciting three days for the 2018 Vermont Farm Show Jan. 30 -Feb.1 at the Champlain Valley Exposition with more than 155 exhibitors, a dozen agricultural events, association meetings, product contests and the 7th Annual Consumer Night highlighting the best of Vermont’s food and products producers on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m..
“The Vermont Farm Show has been going strong since the 1930s,” according to Jackie Folsom, director and manager of the Vermont Farm Show. “We’ve moved three times in those years – from Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, to Barre Auditorium and to our home in Essex Junction. The Show just keeps getting bigger and better!”
This midwinter break continues to hold wide appeal for the general public, Folsom said. It is family friendly with tractors, the latest innovations in technology for rural lifestyles, equipment, agricultural products and information on display. There is something for everyone at the Farm Show. Shelburne Farms is bringing calves, the Vermont Bird Fanciers will be there along with Vermont's State Horse, the Morgan plus sheep, and other surprises.
Job Fair at the Farm Show
New this year is a “Job Fair on the Floor” with some two dozen exhibitors offering job information and interviews for businesses involved in large equipment sales, value-added products, education, insurance, and government.
Exhibitors participating in the Job Fair include: American Jersey Cattle Association, Casella Organics, Catamount Solar, Dubois and King, Inc., Frazer Agency, Inc., Harrison Concrete, Harvest Equipment, Hicks Sales LLC, Kingdom Creamery of Vermont, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Nationwide AgriBusiness, Rouse Tire and Sales, Inc., St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Select Sire Power, Inc., UVM Extension, USDA NRCS, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Vermont DHIA, Vermont Grass Farmers Association, Vermont Public Radio, and Vermont Technical College. A full listing of participating companies is available at www.vtfarmshow.com.
“The Job Fair is especially helpful for members of the Future Farmers of America, Vermont Technical College and University of Vermont agriculture students and high school students in VoTech or VoAg schools,” Folsom noted.
The Vermont Farm Show also plays host to association meetings for the Vermont Beekeepers, Vt/NH Christmas Tree Association, Vermont Beef Producers, Future Farmers of America Foundation, Cabot Creamery Farmers, Vermont Sheep and Goat Association, and the VDIA Dairy Farmers. Full details of meetings and times are at www.vtfarmshow.com/2018-meetings.html
Vt. Consumer Night
The 7th Annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. is sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets. It includes the Winter Buy Local Market, with more than 50 Vermont farmers and producers of local cheese, meat, fruits and vegetables, milk, maple syrup, jams, culinary oils, honey, wine, beer, spirits, wool, and handmade crafts.
The Capital Cook-Off begins at 5:15 p.m., with Vermont State Representatives, State Senators and Agency of Agriculture staff battling in a contest to showcase local foods in an Iron Chef-style cooking challenge. The evening’s surprise local ingredient will be unveiled before the cooking begins, and teams will shop the Buy Local Market for unique products to craft their perfect local dish in just one hour. For more information about Consumer Night, contact: Alissa Matthews, (802) 505-1661, email@example.com.
Admission is free and open to the public for the three-day event. Hours are: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Exposition Miller Complex, 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, Vt. Parking is free.
The Vermont Farm Show is again partnering with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and asking attendees to make a boxed/canned food or cash donation in lieu of admission. “Through the generosity of our visitors, we’ve been able to donate over a ton of food to our needy neighbors,” Folsom said.
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