Pa. Farm Show opens Saturday

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HARRISBURG—The annual Pennsylvania Farm Show opens to the public Saturday at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

The annual event is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 12,000 competitive events and exhibits, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational and entertaining events.

The show offers visitors a peek into the industry that supports 593,000 Pennsylvania jobs and contributes $132.5 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.

This year’s theme is “Harvesting More,” showcasing a harvested bounty of innovative projects, sustainable practices, empowered agricultural leaders across the career spectrum, engaged youth and inspiring stories of Pennsylvania’s bounty.

The 2022 show runs January 8 -15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, January 9, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, January 15, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. The Food Court in the Expo Hall will be open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7. No other areas or events are open to the public that day. For a complete schedule, visit the 2022 Farm Show website.

Saturday, January 8, 2022, Schedule:

8:00 a.m.         PA High School Rodeo Warm Up – NHA

                        Draft Horse Youth Showmanship and Decorating, followed by Cart Classes – EA

9:00 a.m.         Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association Championship – NHA

                        Poultry Judging – E

                        PSU Extension Water Team – Stormwater Around Your Home – LFS

9:30 a.m.         Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest – MHS

10:00 a.m.       Opening Ceremonies – Maclay Street Steps

                        Rabbit/Cavy Youth Showmanship Contest/Rabbit Youth Poster Contest

                        Poultry Youth Showmanship Contest-  CCC

                        Honey Extraction Demonstration by PA State Beekeepers Association – CCS   

                        Bailey Little Supporting Local PA Dairy Farming Presentation – LFS


10:30 a.m.       Junior Market Lamb Competition – SA

                         4-H Presentation on Dairy Project by Charlotte – LFS

11:00 a.m.       Chef Instructor Mike Ditchfield & Students from Pennsylvania College of Technology – CCS

                         4-H Presentation by David Sheppard – LFS

 Chef Instructor Autumn Patti, Harrisburg Area Community College: Mushroom Risotto – CCS

11:30 a.m.       Aquaponics at CCA/Ag Works Presentation by Sam Johnson, Director – LFS

12:00 p.m.       Jessica DeLuise, MHS, PA-C, CCMS, The Wellness Kitchenista and the Host of Amazon Prime’s “Eat Your Way to Wellness,” Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist and On Air Expert with frequent TV appearances, including the Dr. Oz Show, Insider, and Fox 29: Teriyaki Burger with Quick Pickled Veggies and Spicy Sesame Yogurt Sauce on a Whole Grain Bun – CCS

PA Department of Banking and Securities – Avoiding ID Theft, by Christina Kotsalos – LFS

1:00 p.m.         Pennsylvania State Police Drill Team Demonstration – NHA

                        Thermador Chefs Challenge – “Iron Chef” Style Cook-Off – CCS

                         Butterfly habitat and conservation presentation by David Folk – LFS

2:00 p.m.         PA Preferred ™ Junior Baking Cookies, Brownies, & Bars Contest – MHS
Barry Crumlich, Executive Chef, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence, Harrisburg and Gale Ferranto, President of Buona Foods, Landenberg: Pennsylvania Mushroom Ragout With Parsnip Gnocchi – CCS

PSU Extension Farm Stress Team – Weathering the Storm: How to Cultivate a      Productive Mindset – LFS

2:30 p.m.         Grand Champion Jr. Market Lamb, Followed by Showmanship – SA

                         Live Alpaca Presentation by Angie Grove – LFS

3:00 p.m.         High School Rodeo Meet and Greet – NHA

                        Equine Barn Open to the Public (until 8 p.m.) – EB

Anthony Bianco, Executive Chef, Hilton Harrisburg, Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Mushroom and Leek Toast with Aged Gouda and a Pinot Noir Reduction – CCS

PA Department of Banking and Securities – Cybersecurity – Using the internet safely by  Christina Kotsalos – LFS

4:00 p.m.         Homemade Chocolate Cake Contest – MHS

Wes Trout, Sales Manager and Culinary Trainer for BOSCH and Thermador Appliances: Pennsylvania Mushroom and Chicken Ragu with Fresh Stracci – CCS

PSU Extension Farm Stress Team – Weathering the Storm: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset – LFS

5:00 p.m.         Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association Championship – NHA

                         Farm Show Fashions with a Flair – BH

                        Grand Champion Jr. Market Lamb, Followed by Showmanship – SA

Chef Instructor Autumn Patti, Harrisburg Area Community College: Mushroom Braised Beef Short Ribs, Duchesse Potato Topping, Carrot Fondant 

6:00 p.m.         Wine Competition Awards Ceremony – MHS

                        Truck and Tractor Pull Demonstration – EA

Maple Production Demonstration by the Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Producers – CCS

                        Autumn and Canyon, Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass – LFS

6:30 p.m.         Beer Competition Awards Ceremony – MHS

7:00 p.m.         Cheese Competition Awards Ceremony – MHS

7:30 p.m.         Cider Competition Awards Ceremony – MHS