What’s New at the
2018 PA Farm Show?
Here’s a glimpse of some of what’s in store that hasn’t been
More PA Pride in the
Spotlight! More youth than ever will show off their skills in 2018. New Jr.
Livestock Exhibitor classes include sheep, goats and swine. Qualifiers
from each animal class compete for the title of Master Showman in four age
groups. Youth Pleasure Horse Showmanship will join the line-up of new youth
competitions. Cheer on Pennsylvania’s finest young farmers as they strut their
good kind. Production of certified organics in Pennsylvania has skyrocketed!
We’re number two in the nation. Check out the new organic produce competition
to see the finest in PA organics.
Sippin’ Cider Through
a Straw…among the amazing diversity of competitions during Farm Show, 2018
will feature a brand new Cider Competition. Recognizing surging consumer demand
for hard ciders, Pennsylvania has risen to #6 in cider producers nationally in
2017, with new varieties bubbling up constantly. Twenty-six competitors entered
their hard ciders in seven categories. Winners will be announced on Saturday,
January 6th and displayed during the show.
Christmas trees have long been part of the competitive agenda at Farm Show,
with winners qualifying for the national competition and a chance to supply the
White House Christmas Tree. This year, Christmas wreaths join the line-up of
outstanding PA products to compete for bragging rights.
Get messy and have a
ball…a meatball, that is. The Meatball Showdown, on the Culinary Connection
Stage at noon on Monday, pits junior chefs against one another to see who is
the fastest meatball maker in the West. (West of the Atlantic, that is.) Sit in
the splash zone for a taste of some PA-sourced sauce!
STEM Stuff – An
1800’s plow gave us the term, “cutting edge.” Today’s agriculture careers use
cutting- edge technology to give us better food; healthier animals, plants and
soil; and tools to conquer climate challenges. Boost your kids’ STEM knowledge at the PA Department of Agriculture booth in
the Main Hall on Monday with bunny heartbeats, seed science, and much more. Check
into conservation at Diversity on Display in the Expo Hall
to learn how farmers put science to work to improve our soil, our water, our
food, and our world.
Hop on down and bid
on a bunny! Rabbits make their debut this year in the Jr. Livestock sale.
Multiplying Moo-ers. More
animals will walk out of Farm Show than walked in…and not because there are
1,500 rabbit competitors. Calving Corner
will make its debut this year, offering show-goers the opportunity to witness
the miracle of birth. What’s more, visitors will see veterinarians at work and get
an in-depth look at the care and stewardship farmers invest in the health and
well-being of their animals.
Visit Diversity on
Display every day in the Expo Hall – learn about Beef, Poultry, Pork &
Conservation, their impact on our economy, our communities, our environment —
and of course, our palates! Check out some fun and fascinating facts about
beef, poultry and pork. See if you can answer the age-old conundrum of, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
The conservation display will demonstrate how farmers improve soil and
water quality through no-till, cover crops and other green planting practices.
Are you a farmer wannabe?
Find out how to fulfill your farm dreams at So You Wanna’ be a Farmer?, this year’s Know Your Farmer exhibit in the
Main Hall. Or, just stop by to connect your love of food to the folks who
make it happen. The youngest visitors can dive into the dirt to dig up some
veggies in a simulated plot – a little mid-winter dirt therapy. Backyard
gardeners or experienced farmers can swap ideas, try out tools for their next
project, or learn how to maintain small equipment. And a high-tunnel, a passive
solar greenhouse, will be the place for inspiration and education needed to
extend your growing season and reap the benefits.
locally-sourced stars will shine as Pennsylvania musical talent takes
center stage to cap off a day of Farm Show fun! Head to the Large Arena at 6
p.m. Tuesday, for country tunes provided by Central Pennsylvania favorites Make Mine
Country and Chapel Hill.
Agricultural Artistry…If you’re a habitual viewer of
the annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, or just up for some fun with an
unusual (but retro) artistic medium, this display will seed your imagination.
Think Princess Leia in peppercorns, Mickey Mouse in mustard seeds, a pumpkin
seed polar bear, or a dried pea dragon. Check out the crop art masterpieces
created for the 2017 Dillsburg Farmers Fair and on display for your inspiration
and enjoyment in the Family Living area of the Main Hall.
Travel Sherpa –
Get real-time traffic conditions on PennDOT’s PA 511 app. Make a trip to your
favorite app store for a free download that may save you travel headaches.
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