This week, our newspaper offers a special focus on the 2013 Vermont Farm Show. For members of the agricultural community in central and southcentral Vermont, Addison County Fair and Field Days and the Vermont State Fair are two annual event to look forward to. Both the State Fair in Rutland and Field Days in New Haven aren’t just for farmers and those in agriculture; they’re fun, outdoor events for the whole family.
But when it comes to winter in Vermont, and the comforts of the great indoors, there’s nothing quite like attending the annual Vermont Farm Show. It’s the icing on the cake, so to speak, and starts off the new year with fresh hope. It’s also the ideal beginning to a year of related fairs and exhibitions held around the Green Mountain State.
This year’s annual, 81st edition of the Vermont Farm Show returns to the Champlain Valley Expo grounds in Essex Junction, Jan. 29-31. This is now the second year the event has moved out of the venerable Barre Civic Auditorium. The move, made reluctantly by farm show management, turned out to be a wise decision. The 2012 farm show was a huge hit in Chittenden County, attracting the greatest attendance yet.
The Champlain Valley Expo site, while somewhat removed from the state’s farming areas, is never-the-less an ideal setting for a show of this scale. Bright indoor lighting, a comfortable heated exhibition space, and convenient parking make this free-admission event worth attending.
The yearly, end-of-January event is Vermont’s largest agricultural showcase, too. Everyone, and everything, connected to agribusiness attends the show—and then some.
Even if you’re not directly in the business of food production and sales, but you’re a fan of the “Vermont brand”, and support our agribusiness sector, you should check out the farm show. There will be many vendors from Addison, Chittenden, Rutland, and Windsor counties in attendance. Why not drop by, say hello, and support your local neighbors and producers?