Farm Show


2010 Earlton Farm Show

Kelly Bird–NEOSCIA intern

This year’s farm show was held on April 9th and 10th at the Earlton Arena, and thank-fully, it was more or less snow free. This year’s trade show had seventy-three exhibitors, with a variety displays featuring information about solar panels, GPS units, insurance and so on. The 2010 Earlton Farm show also featured many new exhibitors such as Nana’s Kettle Corn, Marcrest Manufacturing, Cook Engineering, Sherry’s Preserves, Sun North Systems and so forth.

Over the course of the two days approximately fifteen hundred people went through the doors, ranging in age from three and younger to sixty plus. Visitors to the event came from the Milton area to Timmins, and Algoma to North Western Quebec. However, most visitors were from Temiskaming Shores, Earlton, Englehart and the surrounding area.

This year, the maple syrup festival was run by 4-H as fundraising event for them. The pancake Saturday Morning breakfast was also a great success, as per usual. Saturday afternoon featured a panel on Biomass with the following speakers: Ross MacLeod (Sault Ste.Marie Innovation Center), Dennis Widdifield (Cook Engineering), Ian McDonald (OMAFRA Biomass Specialist), Greg Zimmerman (Lake Superior University) and Don McCabe (OFA). In addition, forage sessions were held Saturday morning featuring the following speakers: James Parsons (2009 Ontario Forage Master) and Mario Monegon (OMAFRA Livestock Specialist).

The winner of this year’s Golden Pitch Fork went to Temiskaming District. Double Ridge Farms (Temiskaming) dominated the forage and seed show, taking first place in five categories. Gerald Beaudry (Nipissing) also placed highly and consecutively in many of the categories as well. To see a full list of all the winners, please visit North Eastern’s NEW website

A special thanks goes out to Kevin Pratt for laying down the floor, clean-up and the tedious job of set-up and tear down. The event would have not been a success without you and the other volunteers. Once again, thank-you for your time and assistance; it not go unnoticed.

Earlton Farm Show 2011 tentative dates are April 8th and 9th. Some new and exciting surprise changes will be taking place and will be guaranteed to not go unnoticed. So do not forget to save the dates for next year’s show! See you there!


 Earlton Farm Show Results

This years event was very successful, with over 1400 admissions to the arena, including about 200 “children”. More than 80% of the attendance came from Timiskaming, with about 3/4 having a direct farm background. The number of vendors was similarly large, with almost 90 attending.

The addition of a “Maple Syrup Festival”, supported by the producers of the Powassan and South River area was a major success, complemented by arts and crafts vendors from both Ontario and Quebec.

The Saturday morning “Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast” resulted in a line-up extending from the door and up the stairs to the restaurant for about 1.5 hours! Our thanks to the Timiskaming “Katimavik” program for supplying volunteers to help in the clean-up chores for the event.

The NEOSCIA would also like to send out a special thanks to LABONTE SEED of New Liskeard for their donation of 3 bags of certified Alfalfa and Timothy seed that went to the winners of the forage and seed show. Likewise, a big thank you goes out to the Seed Potato Growers of Ontario who supplied prizes for the Potato Show of high-grade “mini-tubers”, grown at the NLARS “SPUD UNIT” at New Liskeard.

The winners of the Forage, Seed, and Potato show are as follows: A.J.’s Acres (Allan & Joanne Aitchison): Top Showman, with Robertdale Farms of Earlton in second place and Clement Rainville of Nipissing District in third.

A.J.’s Acres was the grand champion hay exhibitor, followed by Robertdale.

In haylage, A.J.’s also came out on top, followed by Emiry Farms of Massey. Gerald Beaudry of Verner was the Grand Champion seed exhibitor while Kevin Runnalls of Kerns won the Reserve designation.

In the potato field, Phillips Seeds of Kerns narrowly defeated Doug Edwards of Englehart, while Kevin Runnalls and Gerald Beaudry rounded out the event.

New Liskeard “Harvest Queen”, Caitlan Car l ton, presented the “Golden Pitchfork” to Timiskaming.

Next year, the NEOSCIA Earlton Farm Show will run on April 4&5 at the Earlton Arena. It will be a great warm-up for the IPM to be held in Earlton in September of 2009!


NEOSCIA Annual Trade and Conference, 2007

For the first time ever, this Farm Show was held at Earlton and it can be considered to be a successful move!

There were 840 paid admissions at the door, plus 109 free tickets for children.In addition, the 68 attending vendors usually had 2 people on staff , many of whom were farmers themselves. We can therefore concludethat the total attendance was slightly in excess of 1000. This compares to between 1100 and 1200 people at tending at New Liskeard last year. Registration tickets indicate that urban people, primarily from Temiskaming Shores, were the people who failed to attend this year.

Based on telephone numbers, we found that 77% of attendance was from Temiskaming, 9% from Quebec, 7% from Cochrane, 3% from S. Ontario, and 4% from all the other Districts of the North East.

The event is expected to be held in Earlton again next year in Early April.


Big Changes For Agricultural Trade Show

After 40 years at the same venue, there are significant changes in store for the North Eastern Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association’s (NEOSCIA) “Agricultural Conference & Trade Show”. Due to a change in mandate at the New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station, they will be unable to host this event. This has resulted in the movement of the show to a new location on a different weekend.

The new site is the Earlton Recreation Center (Arena). The show will be held on Friday, April 13, from 10 am to 9pm. The Saturday hours will be 9 am to 4 pm, with an early morning “Pancake Breakfast” running from 7 am to 10 am (upstairs). The timing is designed to match with the “Power Pac” bull & heifer sale.

The change in venue to Earlton is seen as being significant because Earlton will be the home of the International Plowing Match in September of 2009.

The trade show event is unchanged in format, but the conference section has been revamped for this year. There will be no conference speakers at this show (due to low farmer turnout in past years). However, there will be two demonstrations held each day on the main floor of the trade area, while upstairs there will be farm oriented educational videos that will run throughout Saturday.

The “Forage & Seed Show” will also be revamped with significant material goods being offered for prizes, rather than the traditional “plaques”. ALL exhibitors will receive a gift from NEOSCIA just for entering. Remember, this event is open to everyone that holds a 2007 OSCIA membership (which can be purchased at the door).

Remember, younger children are more than welcome, with a special play area on the top floor that will operate between 6 pm & 9 pm on Friday evening. Women will also enjoy our “lifestyle” exhibits that will run throughout the show.


Ag Shows Plows Up Crowd

Diane Johnston– Temiskaming Speaker Reporter

Like many 40-year olds, the North Eastern Ontario Agricultural Conference and Trade Show opted for a slight makeover.

The annual showcase of farming info and technology, held March 31 and April 1 at the New Liskeard research station’s riding arena, tried a few new strategies in an effort to lift its appeal.

About 1,100 visitors paid to take in this year’s fortieth annual event.

They saw the latest in farm equipment from dealers both inside and beyond the region. Suppliers of goods and services to the farming and non-farming community were also on hand to make new business contacts.

Meanwhile, visitors could also take in conference sessions on beef and forage research, the Opasatika mushroom farm, successful farm succession, and healthy rural lifestyles.

To make it easier for parents to drop by, supervised children’s activities were offered for a three-hour period on March 31 and were attended at one point by some 60 children.

More advertising dollars were spent to promote the event in near-by northwestern Quebec, and conference speakers offered French-language presentations that drew two dozen on March 31.

And a dozen vendors focusing on lifestyles – hobbies, art, home decorating, and health and wellness – were also on site in an effort to attract a non-farming crowd.

“I’ve had two more people who would be eligible asking if they could be in it for next year,” said Graham Gambles, regional communications coordinator with the North Eastern Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (NEOSCIA), one of the event’s organizers.

The NEOSCIA conducted a survey of visitors to determine the event’s current audience.

Of the approximately 700 adults who completed a survey, three-quarters came from within Temiskaming. Almost 40 per cent were considered to be from urban areas in Temiskaming Shores and Cobalt, while a quarter were from the rural area surrounding Temiskaming Shores and Belle Vallée. (The urban component would have included farmers with postal boxes in Temiskaming Shores.)

About eight per cent of the survey-completing visitors came from Quebec, mainly from neighbouring Témiscamingue.

Six per cent travelled from Cochrane, while about five per cent came from Sudbury.

Nipissing, Parry Sound, Algoma,Manitoulin, Muskoka and southern Ontario accounted for about five per cent overall.

Mr. Gambles said it’ll take at least a second year to gauge if the changes in the event’s format lead to a higher turnout.

But he said the feedback he’s received to date has been positive. He would like to see a higher turnout al the NEOSCIA annual luncheon, at which two farmers – Ron Bailey of Thornloe and Stephen Mailloux of Walford – received awards of merit in recognition of their contribution to the region’s agricultural community.

Only about 40 people attended this year’s luncheon, held in the arena’s upstairs mezzanine.

Planning has begun for the 2007 event.

Mr. Gambles said required improvements to the site’s electrical system are already underway.

This year’s event was also helped by a grant of up to $9,400 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.


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