SOUTH KEYES – The final day of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show has now come to a close. The last afternoon began with the Prestigious Pedigree Seed Auction with funds raised supporting the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation.
Along with the nine lots of pedigree seed up for auction there were a number of items donated by organizations and individuals throughout Eastern Ontario. Among the items sold, artist Carrie Keller’s oil painting titled “Go Out and Play” sold for $875 and the “Sparkle in the Rain” lap quilt donated by Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (OVSGA) secretary/treasurer Arlene Ross, sold for $750. It was the Massey Harris 44 toy tractor with wagon donated by the Vintage Iron and Traditions of Eastern Ontario that took top spot at the auction selling for a total of $4,000.
When the last item was sold the OVSGA topped off the total and announced $17,000 would be donated to the CHEO Foundation for 2019.
Community engagement officer for CHEO Foundation Bob Ghosh said the organization looks forward to the event every year and was grateful to the OVSGA for hosting the auction. He added that the funds raised go a long way to help children and their families each year.
The OVFS wrapped up for the 2019 season and the hardworking board members, directors and volunteers will be back at work soon to start planning for 2020 on March 17, 18 and 19.