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2016 Vermont Farm Show opens on January 26!

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The Vermont Farm Show, the state's annual wnter event showcasing the state's most important industry, will open its three day stand on Tuesday, January 26, at 9:00 a.m.  Over 150 vendors will be on hand to promote new technology and information to visitors of all ages.  The Miller Buildings on the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds – as well as outside space – will be full of a variety of exhibits that include 3 different sizes of robotic milkers,  16 agricultural associations, 4 insurance companies, 4 lending institutions and a variety of large and small equipment dealers.  Forestry and solar companies will also be in attendance!  This show absolutely has something for everyone!

All exhibits – inside and outside – are open all three days, as well as the following events:

·         January 26 will be a busy day for Christmas Tree Growers, Beekeepers and Sugarmakers, as all three of those associations will host their annual meetings.  Buildings will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

·         January 27 will welcome over 200 FFA students for competitions as well as meetings for the Beef Producers, Organic Farmers and the ever popular Consumer Night.  Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., with Consumer Night and the Legislative CookOff featured from 4:00 – 7:00 in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion.

·         January 28 is focused on dairy, as the Dairy Issues Meeting hosted by Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Diane Bothfeld kicks off the morning, followed by the Dairy Banquet at noon.  The VT Sheep and Goat Association Annual Meeting is also on Thursday.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m.; the show closes at 4:00 p.m.

Parking and admission are free, but again this year we are partnering with the Vermont FoodBank and the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, so please plan on bringing a canned or boxed donation; cash offerings will be gladly accepted, too! Contests have changed this year, so please look for entries and winners in the following booths: Vermont Beekeepers, Vermont Maple SugarMakers, Vermont Sheep and Goat Association and the UVM Hay and Silage Display.  Christmas Tree entries will be displayed in the entryway to the Miller Building.

Please check our website – www.vtfarmshow.com – for a listing of events and vendors as well as links for information on contests. See below for information about Consumer Night. See you at the 2016 Vermont Farm Show, January 26-28, at Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction Vermont!