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 What’s New at the 2019 Farm Show?

Here are some novel ideas Inspiring Pennsylvania's Story - what's in store that wasn't before..

Youth Shine in Starring Roles ─ More youth will show off their skills with the addition of Jr. and Sr. Draft Horse Decorating in the Pleasure category, new Yearling Ram and SimAngus classes (open SimAngus will also be new), and Jr. Vegetable show. Also new this year, qualifiers from each animal class will compete for the title of Master Showman in four age groups. Members of a new Youth Committee will plan, host, and emcee events, and act as ambassadors to strengthen the youth voice in the show. Pennsylvania youth are inspiring our future story! 

Tasty Treats with an Organic Twist, New from SavorThe Cyclone, a delightful cone of PA Preferred® brioche bread made with organic flour and filled with your choice of organic chicken, or pasture-raised pork smoked on-site, topped with chow chow; and The Layer, five-cheese mac & cheese layered with corn pudding, chow chow, and your choice of organic pork or chicken, drizzled with house-made gold sauce.

Balanced Breakfast ─ A broccoli and egg breakfast sandwich with your choice of sausage or ham hits multiple food groups for a balanced breakfast from the PA Vegetable Growers Association. More food options will be available in more locations to please every taste from vegan to hard-core carnivore.

Cider Sippin’ Story ─ The Cider Competition was new in 2018. Now that it’s an established competition, you can sample the fruits of Pennsylvania’s finest hard cider producers’ labors. Stop by the Pennsylvania Cider Guild’s booth to sip and sample one, or a few, of our hottest new PA products.

Take Some Goodness Home ─ Hit the new Farmers Market in the Main Hall for some take-home tastes of Pennsylvania brought to you by the PA Farmers Market Association. Take home some cheese, honey, maple products, potatoes, veggies and apples to keep the story alive at home.

Craft Beer Connoisseurs’ Delight ─ Craft Beer has joined the ranks of Farm Show competitions! More than 150 intriguing varieties from craft brewers from Philadelphia County to Allegheny County and everywhere in between will vie for bragging rights in our first-ever statewide competition. From Hefeweizens to Schwarzbiers, find out who will win bragging rights and walk away with Best in Class, Best of Show and the PA Preferred® Legacy Award.

Be Inspired by STEM  –  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math applied in agriculture gives us better food; healthier animals, plants and soil, and helps us tackle climate challenges. Visit the Lancaster Farming Stage in the Expo Hall on Tuesday for a peak at some world champion robotics, and a host of other demonstrations of STEM in agriculture.

Rabbits Multiplying, Well, Like Rabbits ─ Seven new bunny varieties will join the perennial Farm Show favorite Rabbit Competition. Angorapalooza and the Celebrity Rabbit Hop will also feature the adorable rodents in crowd-pleasing competitions.

Artsy Adventures ─ Hand crafted items will be demonstrated and displayed in the new Artisans Alley. Illustrate your Farm Show story with the artistry of lace makers, spinners, wheat weavers, horse-hair braiders, pottery, chair caners, bead makers, painters and more.

Proud of Our Pumpkins ─ Pennsylvania is pumpkin proud, and we’re showing it off with two new pumpkin competition classes ─ Warty and Blue. Check out these funky pumpkins in the Main Hall.

Double Your Draft Horse Fun ─ Gelding classes will be split into Registered and Grade classes, and in the Draft Horse Pleasure Show, Gelding and Mare Halter classes will be added to the mix.

What Makes a Great Egg? ─ Find out with new white and brown classes in the Farm Show Egg Competition.

Honey for Your Honey ─ Expanded Apiary Competition will include Light & Dark Hogg Halfcomb classes. Mystified by bee-keeping terms? Come to the Celebrity Honey Extraction Demo on Friday, January 11 on the Main Hall Stage, and watch some high-profile types get all sticky getting Pennsylvania’s liquid gold out of the honeycomb.

Write a Dairy Diary ─ Opportunities to do some Cow Milking of your own, with more cows in a bigger space – following the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest in the Equine Arena on Friday the 11th.

Speedy Saga ─ Watch your favorite Pennsylvania luminary scramble to load a skid pulled by a team of draft horses in the new Celebrity Feed Scurry. Miss Pennsylvania will be pitted against media types and legislators in this exciting new race on Thursday in the Equine Arena.

Safety Stories ─ An interactive Farm Safety exhibit and a Food Safety exhibit hosted by the PA Department of Agriculture Bureau of Food Safety, Pennsylvania State University, FDA, and USDA Food Safety & Inspection Services will demonstrate how PA farmers and government work together to keep food safe from the farm to your table.

Stories On Stage ─ Special guest readers and “green stories” will take center stage during Children’s Story Time featuring agriculture-centric tales for the very young and young at heart daily on the Main Hall Stage. 

Seedy Masterpieces ─ 2018’s masterful rendering of Star Wars’ Princess Leia in kidney beans and rice was such a stellar hit, 2019 brings an official Crop Art Competition to the Family Living line-up. Artists will try their hand at creating 2- and 3-D art entirely from dry seeds and beans.

Organic Boom ─ A new area in the Expo Hall will feature the latest in Organic Farming with composting, vermiculture,  and conservation will be in the spotlight with no-till rollers, crimpers, transplanters and other green planting practices demonstrated.

Travel Sherpa – Keep on top of new developments by tracking 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. 

Be a Farm Show Social Star – Follow Farm Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest from the show, whether it’s parking lot closings, a first peek at a newborn calf, crazy-looking chickens, celebrity sightings, or maybe even you! Tag us to share your adventures – @PAFarmShow