Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, January 9-16, 2016
The largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, the Pennsylvania Farm Show makes it way to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the show will be commemorated with a 176-page collectible book, Hold Your Horses! Sponsored by the Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation, the book records the history of the Pennsylvania Farm Show through stories, interviews and photos chronicling the show’s century legacy.
Here are some of the attractions scheduled for the week-long event:
Food Court and Equine Arena
One of the most popular attractions at the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the Food Court. Located in the Expo Hall and Main Hall of the Complex, the Food Court offers visitors a variety of Pennsylvania products including the famous Farm Show baked potatoes. The Food Court generates income to support the non-profit Pennsylvania Agricultural Commodity Organizations. Below is a list of commodity associations and a list of products available during Farm Show Week.
Food Network’s Gina Neely
Star of the hit show “Down Home with the Neelys and “Road Tasted,” Gina Neely will make an appearance at the Culinary Connection Stage at noon, January 9.
Farm Show AgExplore
Have you ever wondered where milk comes from? Or how important bees are to us and the food we eat? What about how much can be grown on an acre of farmland? Discover all this and more when you become a Farm Show AgExplorer. Redesigned for the celebration of the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, this year’s learning stations will be focused for the entire family. Sponsored by Turkey Hill, Friends of the Farm Show Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, this unique program will still teach visitors about Pennsylvania agriculture through fun, interactive and hands-on learning. Maps will help guide our explorers throughout the complex to interactive stations. All stations will be identified by the AgExplore logo. Stations will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt
Do you like scavenger hunts? Want to learn more about Pennsylvania’s agricultural and food production history? Visitors to the Farm Show can search for 24 replica historical markers – including 3 new markers for 2016 – throughout the complex thanks to the efforts of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. To start your hunt, please visit the PHMC booth in the Main Hall to pick up a Scavenger Hunt booklet. For larger school groups who need multiple copies, teachers may contact Karen Galle of the PHMC Marker Program at (717) 705-4266 or firstname.lastname@example.org or download a PDF version of the Historical Marker Booklet.
PHMC will host three educational exhibits in the Main Hall:
A 100th anniversary Farm Show exhibit entitled “Farm Family = Heritage” that celebrates the Department of Agriculture’s Century Farm program. The exhibit features three recently designated Century Farms, three properties that are both Century and National Register-listed farms and a new PHMC Historical Marker recognizing the Century Farm program.
A new display of farm equipment, rural life and demonstrations presented by PHMC Trails of History sites including Landis Valley Museum, Pennsbury Manor and Somerset Historical Center.
The State Museum’s annual Archeology exhibit and dugout canoe.
Teach Agricultural Heritage
Find fun, engaging lesson plans to teach your students about Pennsylvania’s agricultural and rural heritage. With more than 100 lesson plans focused on Pennsylvania’s rich history, including seven specifically related to agriculture and rural history, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s website, http://www.explorepahistory.com, is a great resource to bring the farm to the classroom.
Admission to the Pennsylvania Farm Show is free; there is no cost for the educational sessions. The commercial exhibits are open from 9 a.m-9 p.m., January 9-15; and 9 a.m-5 p.m. January 16.