Show hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 4 through 11 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12
It’s not only the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation but it’s probably the only place to see square dancing tractors.
It’s the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show, all set to run Jan. 5-12 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, where (among other things) two teams of two callers and 16 drivers will maneuver their tractors around the Large Arena in time to music.
It’s just one entertaining attraction during the eight-day event, which will feature some 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors.
This year’s Farm Show theme is “Made in PA. It makes a difference,” a motto designed to drive home just how big a role agriculture plays in our lives and how it is driving the state’s economy.
Weis Markets Inc. of Sunbury, Northumberland County, will pay the state $750,000 over the next five years to have its name on the side of the large exposition hall in the sprawling complex on the edge of downtown Harrisburg.
“This is a good example of a public-private partnership that will help us more efficiently,” said Nicole Bucher, a spokeswoman for the state Agriculture Department, which oversees the complex. “It’s something we’ve been trying to do for the last five years.”
The exhibition hall is perhaps best known as the site of the food court for the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, where tens of thousands of people snack on fried vegetables and suck down the show’s famous milkshakes each January.
Governor Tom Corbett today kicked off the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show by welcoming visitors to celebrate the state’s agriculture industry.
“The Pennsylvania Farm Show is a celebration of agriculture from farm to fork,” said Governor Corbett. “Over the next eight days, agriculture will take center stage and more than 400,000 people will come to pay tribute to our foremost citizens in our foremost industry.”
The governor shared accomplishments that have kept Pennsylvania growing over the past year, including:
• Signing Act 78, which made PA Preferred™ a permanent branding program to help producers market their products to consumers. More than 2,000 businesses are registered;
• The permanent protection of nearly 13,000 acres of farmland statewide through Pennsylvania’s nation-leading farmland preservation program; and
• Establishing the Pennsylvania Dairy Leadership Council, composed of individuals representing all key dairy industry sectors, to coordinate the development and expansion of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.
During the opening ceremony, Governor Corbett recognized members of the state’s PA Preferred™ marketing program. PA Preferred identifies agricultural products grown and processed in Pennsylvania to consumers and major retail, wholesale and distribution chains interested in supporting local farmers and businesses.
The program’s trademark is a gold checkmark inside a blue keystone that can be found on products year-round at farmers markets, restaurants, food processors, grocery chains, craft breweries and wineries.
“Pennsylvania is home to an abundant and diverse food supply, and buying PA Preferred helps support farmers and local businesses that work to produce quality products and make investments in local economies,” said Governor Corbett. “Made in PA. It makes a difference.”
Part of the opening ceremonies was the “Parade of Agriculture,” which highlighted each of the show’s departments. Representatives from Penn State Cooperative Extension, youth participants, and exhibitors displayed livestock and dairy animals, commodities and entries from the Family Living Department during the ceremony.
The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring more than 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information or a complete schedule, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
For photos, click here.
- When: 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5p.m. Sunday.
- Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center 2301 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg
- Admission: Adults: $8, senior citizens (62 and over): $5, active military (with ID): $5, students (with ID) $5, children (7-12) $3, children (6 and under) free.
- Discount coupons: $2 off one weekday adult admission at www.AutoShowHarrisburg.com, participating new car dealers and participating McDonald’s restaurants.
Read the entire article from pennlive.com here:
If you are looking for an escape from the post-holiday slump, this could be your ticket. The 95th Annual Pennsylvania State Farm Show opens this Saturday, January 8th and runs through January 15th. Admission is FREE and parking is only $10 and includes shuttle bus service to the Farm Show Complex.
The Farm Show Complex is located on North Cameron Street in Harrisburg. Click on this link to see daily highlights of events and entertainment:
A new 80,000 square feet indoor marketplace is opening across from the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, either late January or early February 2011. The marketplace will feature a variety of vendors, selling a vast array of merchandise. A food court is being added in addition to merchant space, galleries and co-op retailers. Another unique feature of the market is a stage and seating area where demonstrations, children’s activities and musical acts can take place during market hours.
North End Markets has a prime location, across from the busy Farm Show Complex and easy access to Interstates 81 and 83 as well as Routes 22 and 230!
North End Markets will be open every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
You can visit their website for further details: