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98th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg

Clydesdale horse at the Farm Show.
Clydesdale horse at the Farm Show.
Alicia Lawrence

Pennsylvania has the distinction of hosting the country’s largest indoor agricultural exhibition, right here in the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex. The show, which takes place this year between January 4th and 11th, boasts 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibits. Parking is $10 per vehicle in one of the complex’s massive lots. A complementary shuttle deposits visitors at their desired location. There’s so much to see in the eight-day exhibition, below are some of the exhibits and attractions visitors won’t want to miss!

Fantastic Food

While the show itself is free, visitors should be sure to bring along some extra cash so that they can sample one of the many delicious offerings in the food court. They should be sure to try staples like the blooming onion, pulled pork, fried mozzarella cubes, or baked potatoes. This year’s newest sensation is the PennAg Industries Association’s $3 bacon bundle, which will satisfy any bacon cravings. And save room for dessert, visitors will want to be sure to sip down on one of the farm show’s famous milkshakes, available for just $4, or eat a delicious honey waffle with ice cream.

About the Animals

The show is guaranteed to delight animal lovers of all ages. Familiar traditions like cow patty bingo are still present, but new this year was the Celebrity Rabbit Hopping Competition. The duck slide remains a perennial favorite. Onlookers can giggle at the baby ducks tumbling down the slide at noon, 2pm, and 6pm. This year, nobody has to miss the action. There is a live cam of the sliding ducks, as well as one of hatching chicks, both of which can be viewed on the farm show complex website.

Unique Attractions

The famous butter sculpture is present as always; this year, the nearly 1,000 pound sculpture features a family enjoying milkshakes as they watch a cow couple dance. Free wine produced in Pennsylvania can be sampled on the Main Floor every day, and visitors can snatch up some of the free food at the end of one of the many delicious baking competitions. Some of the prize-winning recipes are already online, such as Shelley Pokrivka’s blue ribbon elderberry jam thumbprint cookies.

Though some attendees might have a bit of trouble at first getting past the smell, overall the Pennsylvania Farm Show makes a great family-friendly event in the mid-state.

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