Jan. 10-17, Harrisburg, PA
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country. Held at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, the show will feature more than 6,00 animals, 10,000- plus competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits on over 24 acres spread throughout 11 buildings, including three arenas.
In its 99th year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show provides a showplace for farmers to see the most up-to-date farm equipment, farming practices and farming needs while providing nonfarmers with an educational showcase to learn about agriculture and how the products they consume are harvested/processed.
The Farm Show opens every year with a visit from the Governor and two performances of the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeo.
Arena events include the opening ceremonies, Champion Horse and Pony Pulling Contests, Draft Horse Competition, the Annual Sheepto- Shawl Contest (the shawls are then auctioned off), Square Dance Contest & Exhibition, Arena Carriage Racing, Tractor Square Dance, PA Equine Showcase, Equine Demo, Cow Milking Contest, PA Preferred Best Chef of Pennsylvania Competition, Livestock Judging—Horses, Cattle, Swine, Sheep and Goat.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show includes a Family Living Center, which is located on the East Side of the Main Hall. It consists of 2 acres of family living, horticultural, environmental and 4-H exhibits. Some of the main features are chair caning, wheat weaving, lace making, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Cooking Demonstrations, FFA Demonstrations and Family Living Demonstrations. Also included in the area is a children’s activity center, called “Farm Show Farmer,” which creates a fun atmosphere for education.
There are also several contests in the Family Living Center, including the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest, PA Preferred Cake and Cookie Contests, Sticky Bun Contest, Thumbprint & Snickerdoodle Cookie Contest, Old Fashioned Fudge Contest and the Incredible Angel Food Cake Contest, all of which are televised.
The Food Court, a crowd favorite, is located in the Expo Hall and Main Hall of the Complex. The Food Court offers visitors a variety of Pennsylvania products including the famous Pennsylvania Farm Show baked potatoes. The Food Court generates income to support the nonprofit Pennsylvania Agricultural Commodity Organizations.
Admission to the Pennsylvania Farm Show is free, and there is no cost for the educational sessions. The commercial exhibits are open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 through Friday, Jan. 16, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.
For details on the show, visit http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us.