BLOG: What’s Happening at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show

By: Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture

January 06, 2016

The winter holidays have come and gone, but now Pennsylvanians are gearing up for a very exciting annual tradition in Harrisburg — the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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This year is extra special because we are celebrating the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show. The theme is “Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience,” which is a nod to individual experiences visitors have enjoyed since the first show took place in 1917.

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The 2016 Farm Show logo, a blue ribbon, recognizes the range of exhibits and contests that take place throughout the week-long event and make the Farm Show Pennsylvania’s state fair.

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In addition to yearly crowd pleasers like the butter sculpture, grape stomp, and legendary food court, this year’s show offers several new exhibits and events, including:

  • A Weis Markets’ Farm-To-Shelf exhibit in the Weis Expo Hall where you can interact with farmers, processors and grocery store staff and learn about how the food you purchase at your local grocery store is grown, harvested and sourced and then makes its way to you
  • Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will reveal a new flavor in recognition of the 100th show at the opening of the PA Preferred™ Food Court on Friday, January 8 at noon
  • A first-of-its-kind mushroom-growing exhibit, highlighting the growing process from raw materials to compost, from spawn to the delicious finished product
  • Visitors will have the chance to be the judge and decide which of the four BBQ sauces at the PennAg Industries food booth will be named the 2016 PA Farm Show Best BBQ Sauce – including two sauces developed by PennAg Industries.
  • The famous PA Preferred™ Food Court will offer new items as part of its taste of Pennsylvania:
    • A blended mushroom burger from the American Mushroom
    • A carrot cake funnel cake from the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers
    • Walking goat meat tacos and ribs from the Pennsylvania Livestock Association
    • A BBQ Beef Bowl from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association
    • Chocolate-covered bacon, chicken bites, fish sliders, fish nachos, oversized fresh-baked cookies and breakfast pretzel rolls from the PennAg Industries Association

The agriculture industry in Pennsylvania employs almost 500,000 people and has a $40 billion impact on our state’s economy. The Farm Show serves as a gathering place for both farm families and city dwellers — a place for teaching and learning, competing and improving, and for enjoying the fruits of much labor and celebrating the commonwealth’s number one industry.

I invite you attend this free, family-friendly event over the next week and take advantage of everything Pennsylvania agriculture has to offer.

For a full schedule, parking information and more, visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show website.

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