With 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial exhibitors, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in theUnited States. Each year more than 400,000 visitors attend the Farm Show. This year's theme is "Made in PA. It makes a difference." It is held at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
The theme for this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show will be “Made in PA. It makes a difference.” The Farm Show celebrates its 97th anniversary this week. With 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial exhibitors, the Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in theUnited States. Each year more than 400,000 visitors attend the show. The Farm Show itself is free. There is a parking fee per vehicle.
Last year’s butter sculpture depicted a young 4-H member showing his prized calf at a county fair. It was designed to pay tribute to the 100th anniversaries of thePennsylvania4-H and Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. The butter sculpture was created by Jim Victor of Conshohocken,MontgomeryCounty. He also creates sculptures using chocolate and cheese. Each year a sculpture creates a farm related scene to welcome guests to the Farm Show. The butter sculpture is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program. This year, the sculpture will be unveiled to the media on Thursday, 3 January.
Food & Wine
The Great Grape Stomp offers two barefoot celebrity teams competing for top vintner honors. Various wineries across the state will be on hand to offer free samples and wine for sale. The Culinary Connection offers cooking demonstrations and contests throughout the week. The PA Preferred®Food Courtwill offer some new items this year, including veal meatball sandwiches and pumpkin funnel cakes. Food contests continue with long time favorites Blue Ribbon Apple Pie and PA Preferred® Chocolate Cake contests, as well as new treats like Old Fashioned Fudge and Cupcake contests.
Naturally it would not be a Farm Show without livestock. More than 6,000 sheep, swine, horses, cattle, goats, poultry and rabbits will compete for nearly $230,000 in premiums.
Cow Patty Bingo
Cow Patty Bingo is a new feature this year! Beautiful bovines will place their bets on a giant bingo card. Spectators can purchase $25 squares for the chance to win a Weber grill and beef orPennsylvaniaprize packages. All proceeds support the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. This new event is scheduled for Monday, 7 January.
An annual highlight of the Farm Show is the PA High School Rodeo Association Championship Rodeo. The PHSRA season runs from August through May. The top four competitors in each event – including the Farm Show - will qualify to advance to the National High School Finals Rodeo. The 2012-2013 PHSRA Queen Kayla Harris will also be on hand at the Farm Show.
The Farm Show is not all food and animals. This year there will be a Hobby Lobby which will feature duct tape contests to decorated bowling pins, snazzy sneaker entries, as well as gourd crafts, clay flowerpots and pincushions.
Each year square dancers attract attention at the Farm Show. In addition to the traditional human square dancers, the Farm Show also hosts tractors that square dance! Two teams of two callers and 16 drivers maneuver various tractors around the Large Arena in time to music.
Other Competitions & Events
The Farm Show offers something for everyone. In addition to the expected livestock competitions and baking contests, there is a bid calling contest, a celebrity cow milking contest, dog demonstrations, a farm safety quiz bowl, a talent show, a fashion show, horseshoe pitching contests, and the FFA Convention.
The PA Farm Show runs Saturday, 5 January thru Saturday, 12 January at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. PCN TV will be covering many of the Farm Show events, as it has for the past 19 years.