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January 23, 2014

Annual Vermont Farm Show Kicks-Off Jan. 28

As the Champlain Valley Expo prepares to host the 82st annual Vermont Farm Show January 28-30, organizers have announced an exciting line-up of exhibits and events.

This year’s show will feature more than 150 agricultural exhibits, ranging from tractors to livestock to cutting-edge equipment. For a full list of exhibitors ad their respective booth numbers, visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/2014-exhibitors.html

Handspun fibers, jellies, silage, pies, and many other agricultural products will be judged and on display as part of the annual product competitions For a full list of product competitions, visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/-product-contest.html

The Farm Show also hosts key meetings for Vermont agricultural groups. The Vermont Christmas Tree Growers, Beekeepers, Sugar Makers, and Dairy Farmers will all hold annual meetings. The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Future Farmers of America, Organic Farmers, Specialty Food Producers, and alumnae of Vermont Technical College will also gather at the Farm Show, to name a few. For a full list of Farm Show Meetings, visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/-2014-meetings.html

This year Consumer Night will be held Wednesday, January 29th. Consumer Night begins at 4:00 p.m., and show hours will be extended until 7:00 p.m. that evening. Food enthusiasts will enjoy the Buy Local Market, which will showcase foods and products from Vermont farms. The “Capital Cook-off,” an Iron Chef-type competition in which teams from the Vermont House of Representatives, Senate, and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will face off in a battle of culinary skills, will also occur again this year. Teams will have ninety minutes to create a dish using Vermont products bought at the Buy Local Market.

Each day of the show, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., the Health and Wellness Booth will offer free Tdap vaccinations. Tdap protects against Whooping Cough and Tetanus. Supplies are limited and restrictions apply

Organizers are again proud to partner with the Vermont FoodBank – so even though admission to the Farm Show is free, they are asking all those attending to donate a canned or boxed good to the greeters as you walk in the front door of the Miller Building.

Vermonters of all ages are encouraged to come out to the Champlain Expo and visit Vermont’s largest Agricultural Showcase! There’s something for everyone.

For more information, visit www.vtfarmshow.com

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About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

www.agriculture.vermont.gov

Media Contacts: Jackie Folsom, Farm Show Manager, (802)777-3857; Abbey Willard, Consumer Night Organizer, (802)272-2885

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: January 23, 2014 11:53:36
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