HARRISBURG, Pa. – The 85th Pennsylvania Farm Show – the largest indoor agricultural event in America – will run Saturday, Jan. 6, to Thursday, Jan. 11, at the state Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
New to this year’s farm show will be an enlarged butter sculpture; a new cheese sculpture; a large machinery display; a Web site agriculture display at the Pa. Department of Agriculture’s exhibit; and a high tunnel display, featuring agricultural research for commercial vegetable and small fruit growers.
The dairy, poultry and livestock competitions will offer record premiums this year – more than $300,000.
Many popular events also will return, including the sheep to-shawl contest; the Family Living and Agricultural Learning Center; the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo championship; the crowning of the supreme champion In the livestock and dairy shows; and the sale of champions.
Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s No. 1 industry, generating $44.1 billion from the farm to the table.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show opens Jan. 6 and is free to the public. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.
There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle in the farm show parking lot, which is along Cameron Street, just off Interstate 81.
For a complete farm show schedule, visit the department of agriculture Web site at www.pda.state.pa.us.