Well Pennsylvania, it’s that time of year again. Saturday, January 10th will kick-off the 93rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Held annually since 1918 with the exception of the World War II years, the Farm Show has something for everyone. It’s 1,030,740 square feet of exhibition space and eight day attendance of over 500,000 people make it the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the Nation.
For me, the highlight of the Farm Show is the wine competition. Last year, the the Best of Show winners were Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery’s non-vintage Concord and Antler Ridge Winery’s 2007 Raspberry Bramble. In all, 34 Pennsylvania Wineries claimed a total of 157 medals including 20 gold medals. I can’t wait to find out who will win this year. The Wine Competition winners will be announced on Saturday, January 10th between 2:00 and 2:30 on Stage I of the Main Exhibition Hall. Unfortunately, all judging times and locations are subject to change so I’d recommend you get there early. In addition to the competition, there will be an ongoing wine display in the Main Exhibition Hall where two wineries each day will be displaying their products.
Another highlight of the Farm Show is the food court. Here you can purchase a great selection of Pennsylvania cullinary delights presented by a variety of Pennsylvania Associations. Among them are the PA Bee Keepers Association who will offer honey ice cream and honey waffles among other things; the PA Cooperative Potato Growers, Inc. who will offer baked potatoes, french fries and their world famous potato donuts (they’re the best); the PA Livestock Association who will be selling pork barbecue, roast beef and ham and cheese sandwiches and other treats and 10 other associations selling everything from deep fried mozzarella cubes to maple ice cream sundaes. If you leave the food court hungry, it will be your own fault.
Of course, no agricultural show would be complete without animals and agricultural displays. There will be horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, poultry and more for you to see. Judging in the different livestock categories will take place throughout the week. The new Exposition Hall will be home to the farm equipment and agricultural displays. I plan to check this area out on Saturday so check back and I’ll fill you in on the details.
Admission to the Pennsylvania Farm Show is free although they will hit you for $8.00 to park your car. On-site parking is available for those with handicapped placards and shuttle buses from the off-site parking is included in the $8.00 fee.
To be honest, in previous years I haven’t spent much time at the Farm Show. It’s one of those things that we tend not to visit the attractions that are closest to us. This year will be different as I plan to spend all day Saturday and Sunday there and may possibly go back during the week. Stay tuned for my reports and if you want more, go to The Farm Show! If you want more information, visit The Pennsylvania Farm Show’s website.
Map of the area around The Farm Show Complex