Have Fun, Step Carefully On Farm Show Floor

Some animals, including chickens, just should not be trifled with

Live animals are judged daily in competitions inside the Pennsylvania Farm Show arenas

HARRISBURG PA – The annual agricultural showcase for Pennsylvania’s largest industry, the Pennsylvania Farm Show, opened Saturday (Jan. 5, 2019) in the cavernous Farm Show Complex and Expo Center for its 103rd year. The show features exhibits on food production of all kinds, as well as livestock competitions and a rodeo, is free to attend, and continues daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 12.

What’s a Farm Show visit without a free cow hat? Every child wanted one, and vendors were busy all day making them

If your children believe food comes from the supermarket alone, or if they’re unaware of the strength of the Commonwealth’s agri-business heritage, then state officials from Gov. Tom Wolf down claim the show should be a family must-see. The complex, on the northeast side of the city, is only an 81 mile drive from Sanatoga. Even the parking is free, in state-owned lots.

Saturday was consistently rainy, but the weather served to attract huge crowds looking for dry entertainment. The Farm Show served up plenty of it, from moderately priced (and occasionally, free!) dining and meals in the Food Hall, to animal judging competitions in several areas, to the ability to take a “backstage tour” of the live animal pens with their owners.

But be careful where you step! You never know what you might get on your shoes.

Here’s some (above and below) of what was seen Saturday:

This is an automated lawn mower that operates like a Roomba-brand vacuum. It was a big hit 

Too few people think of wine as an agricultural product, state officials contend, but grapes must be grown before the bottles are filled. Wineries filled the show’s Farm Market with their wares

Where else can a youngster command a tractor, just like Dad’s, for his very own?

These folks patiently waited for incubated eggs to hatch

Some cattle can weigh hundreds of pounds, and occasionally be too big to get off hind legs without human help

Photos by Debbie Zlomek for The Post Publications