Record crowds were at the 97th Pennsylvania Farm show last week. The nation’s largest agriculture event took place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. An estimated 585,000 visitors walked through the complex’s doors during the eight day event. Attendants parked 71, 153 cars, up to four percent from last year.
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It’s not something you think would be at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. But Pennsylvania wineries have a popular stand at the show. Fox43’s Ashley Palutis participating in the first annual Great Celebrity Grape Stomping Contest. Her teammates and coach, Richard Naylor of Naylor Wine Cellars in Stewartstown, York County helped to stomp their way to victory.
But it wasn’t all fun and games, there was some learning involved.
“ The Pennsylvania wine industry and the grape industry have an economic impact of 2 billion dollars on an annual basis,” says Jennifer Eckinger, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Wineries
Pennsylvania is home to more than 100 wineries. 24 of them take their turns at the Pennsylvania Wineries stand all week long .
The state’s best horseshoe competitors showed off their skills at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Thursday. The participants say every year the sport becomes more popular because events like the Farm Show give it more exposure. The first horseshoe pitching contest at the Farm Show began as early as 1931.
Milton Hershey students participated in the 4th Annual Exceptional Kids Rodeo today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The event gives kids the opportunity to try their hand at bull riding, roping events, and girls barrel racing. Organizers say it gives them a chance to give back to the community and teach kids a little about Western Heritage.
It’s an annual tradition at the Farm Show, the Sale of Champions. The animals were crowned champions at some point at the show and are now up on the auction block. The biggest prize of all is the grand champion steer. His name is Beau and weighs just over 1300 pounds. He was raised by Samantha Fabian a college student from Fayette County. He was sold to the founder and CEO of Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Bill Campbell, for $11,500. Samantha says she plans to use the money to help pay for school.
Day Four of Farm Show Brings Celebrity Horse Driving Event
The Pennsylvania farm show is a chance for farmers to show off their products. But, while the event is great for their business the recently expired Farm Bill isn’t far from their minds. The bill, which was extended by congress in December until September, does a number of things for Dairy Farmers. It gives them stability, and would allow them to avoid the “ Dairy Cliff”.
“ It lets us know that certain programs are available to us to subsidize our income when the markets are crazy and up and down. It`s just a sense of security, when it was not going to happen milk was supposed to go through the roof,” says Jason Nailor, Dairy Farmer
While this nine month extension gives them some relief, the farmers we spoke with say it leaves them feeling uncertain. Some other farmers FOX43 spoke with also say that it’s not just saving this bill that’s important but re-framing it all together to meet their needs in today’s tough economy.
The floor of complex’s large arena was covered in bingo squares and two cows roamed the area.
When the cow plopped on the square first, the participant was awarded a prize.
All the proceeds supported the Pennsylvania Far Show Scholarship Foundation.
Food is a big attraction at the farm show and visitors were given a special treat Monday – First Lady Susan Corbett was on hand participating in the Pa Preferred Culinary Connection cooking demonstration. She, as well as the Governor’s residence chef Barry Crumlich, cooking up a delicious Wild Mushroom and Gruyère tart made exclusively with food grown right here in the Keystone state which is a big focus at this year’s Farm Show.