Pickups and farm trucks will soon be idling in anticipation of a trip to the 96th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Farm Show unofficially kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 5, for competitive exhibitors. The official public event runs from Jan. 7 through 14.
Farm Show officials expect more than 400,000 spectators, some 8,000 animals and 13,000 competitive exhibits at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. On Monday, Jan. 9, the State FFA Convention will convene at the show with more than 2,000 blue-jacketed members.
This year's new centerpiece will be a full-sized barn In the Expo Hall, featuring "Today's Agriculture". It will showcase modern practices used to safely produce our foods, and is being developed by PennAg Industries and agribusinesses.
Other new additions include a horse logging demonstration, and an open cow-calf class in the Limousin breed show in the other purebred division. Wednesday, Jan 11, starts off with an arena full of tractors of interest to antique tractor "addicts". And at 5 p.m., the antique tractor pull starts smoking.
Check out the Penn State presence
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will have a major role in Pennsylvania Farm Show, from event coordination, to judging, to educational presentations in the Main Hall.
Faculty, staff and students from the College of Agricultural Sciences will be on hand with information about the college's programs in the food, agricultural and natural resource sciences. With 19 majors and about $1.8 million in scholarships available, the college has considerable diversity in its academic programs and many educational and life-changing opportunities to offer prospective students, according to Hoover.
In the Expo Hall, Penn State will join about 40 other exhibitors in the alternative energy exhibits area, which will focus on the latest energy technologies and products.
Researchers from the College of Agricultural Sciences will showcase energy conservation and on-the-farm energy production.
The 4-H exhibit will be in Exhibit Room B off the Maclay Street lobby, near the Main Hall. There, visitors can tell their 4-H stories and see nostalgic photos and historical information. The 4-H booth will be staffed by 4-H members, staff, volunteers and state officers. This year, a new 4-H food booth (serving beef brisket) will raise money for programs benefiting the more than 204,000 youth served by 4-H in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is held at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, at the corner of Cameron and Maclay streets in Harrisburg, just off exit 67 of Interstate 81. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 7-13 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 14.
Admission is free, and parking is $10. For more information, visit the Farm Show website at http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us.