The 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show must have been an exciting one for State Senator Michael Waugh of York County. The day after it was over, Waugh resigned from the senate and Governor Tom Corbett named him as executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.
The 99th annual Farm Show in Harrisburg is certain to be a lot busier for him, as well as will all the events happening at the complex between now and then.
In making the announcement, Governor Corbett noted: "Under Mike's leadership, I know our center will remain the world standard for showcasing the business of agriculture … and the values of the Pennsylvania farmer."
Waugh served York County in the Pennsylvania Senate for 15 years and the House of Representatives for six years, as an advocate for agriculture. Waugh served for nearly 15 years as a Farm Show Commissioner.
Before public service, he was managing partner of Waugh Construction Company. He also is the owner and operator of Glen Ridge Farms, an equine, grain and hay operation near Glen Rock, Pa. He has regularly competed with his draft horses in hitch competitions at the complex.
Waugh says he looks forward to working with retiring Executive Director Patrick Kerwin. Kerwin will serve in an advisory capacity over the next several months as Waugh transitions into his role.
While Waugh had announced he wouldn't run for the senate again in 2014, the vacancy raises the prospect of a special election for Waugh's seat. Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, charged with scheduling special Senate elections said on Monday: "Stay tuned."