Here’s what’s new at the Pennsylvania Farm Show 2022


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After going virtual last year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show returns to Harrisburg for its 106th year amid a wave of the COVID omicron variant. The agriculture ministry urged visitors to stay home if they feel sick, get vaccinated if they haven’t, and wear masks.

With 1 million square feet of agricultural education, competition, and celebration, this winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural show. It features nearly 6,000 animals, 12,000 competitive events and exhibitions, as well as 300 trade shows and hundreds of educational and entertainment events.

The show provides visitors with an overview of the industry that supports 593,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and contributes $ 132.5 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy each year.

The 2022 show runs January 8 to 15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except January 9, when it runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and January 15, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

The food court in the exhibition hall will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on January 7. No other place or event is open to the public on this day.

This year’s theme is “Harvest More”.

Here are some new things to do, see and learn at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, 2300 N. Cameron St. in Harrisburg.

Spectacular Canine

On January 13 at 6 p.m. meet the best furry friends who also do wonders on the farm. This display of canine intelligence, speed and agility takes place in the equine arena.

Webbed wonders

Fan favorite fluffy ducklings in the waterfowl habitat in the chicken coop will be live online after a huge hit at the 2021 Virtual Farm Show. From the comfort of your couch or up close in person , see how these webbed wonders work with an underwater view. Head over to the Farm Show Facebook page to find out when the feed will air. Go to https://fb.watch/a32DQ_jx7x/ to see the cuteness of last year’s duckling.

New treasure hunt stops

The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem is one of the new stages for children in the Ag Explorer educational scavenger hunt. Children can stamp their passports and learn about the state’s beginnings as an agricultural leader.

Virtual reality

Virtual educational adventures will surround the second level lobby of the New Holland Arena at Nuts for You, an interactive learning experience offered by the State Police, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Foundation and more.

Cowboys church

Check out Cowboy Church in the New Holland Arena on January 9 at 9:30 a.m. for non-denominational ranch-style service. Bring your voice and your spurs if you have any.

Urban gardening

In the So You Wanna ‘Be a Farmer section of the main lobby, where you can learn everything you need to do your grocery shopping or hobby or earn a living, no matter the size of your land, discover a new Urban Gardening Feature – Reinventing the Store Corner with Philly’s FarmerJawn CSA. Find wonders in small spaces, reclaim and re-green city spaces to nourish and unite neighborhoods.

Two new breeds of rabbits

You will find two new breeds of rabbits hanging in the Farm Show hutch. According to the American Rabbit Breeders Association, dwarf butterflies were developed in Germany under the name Zwergschecken. Translated into English, it means Dwarf Check. They decided to use a name they felt best represented the breed in the United States and chose Dwarf Papillon. In 2020, the Chocolate Dwarf Papillon became ARBA’s 50th Recognized Breed.

The other new breed that you can see is the Polish lilac.

While it’s nothing new, if you’re interested in rabbits, the famous rabbit hop will take place on January 11 at 6 p.m. ET.

Frontier Finals Rodeo

Learn what it takes to be a rodeo clown, racing barrel, or rodeo queen during the Frontier Finals Rodeo. Meet star competitors and rodeo star Anthony Lucia from Live with Lucia. Thrills and new features are packed into three days of rowdy, raucous rodeo from January 13th to 15th.

Tractor

The rumble of engines will fill the equine arena as the truck and tractor pull demonstration takes over on January 8 at 6 p.m. ET.

Cornhole tournament

The Farm Show Junior Committee welcomes all participants for a cornhole tournament on January 11 at 5 p.m. at the New Holland Arena.

Country Line Dance-off

The Farm Show Junior Committee is also hosting a line dance on January 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the New Holland Arena.

If you are going to

Protect yourself while you protect farms and farmers.

  • Remember to wash your hands after petting the animals.
  • Wear a mask and social distancing when possible. If you are
    showing symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and join the action online.

Professional tips to make the most of your visit

  • Take a stroll, pick a show or two to see, but set aside around 3 hours to explore.
  • The ideal time to visit is between 9 a.m. and noon. The busiest periods are weekends and weekdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Before reaching the Hershey / Harrisburg area, download the PA 511 app for the latest travel alerts and traffic maps. There is a Farm Show feature that can help you avoid snafus in and around Harrisburg.
  • Parking is $ 15 per car in all lots at the Farm Show complex. During peak hours, the main car park can fill up. Stay tuned to Facebook for updates. You can also unload everyone at the main entrance to the Cameron Street lobby and then park the car in the parking lot. A free shuttle service is available.
  • There is a lot of walking, and for visitors with mobility issues, the site provides wheelchairs free of charge, first come, first served.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking a lot and you might be walking in something.
  • Animals are not allowed with the exception of assistance dogs. No dogs are allowed in the poultry area.
  • Hand disinfection stations are available throughout the complex.
  • Be careful around animals. If you get too close or catch them, they can kick, bite, or move quickly.

Most events and activities are free. There is an admission fee for the PRCA rodeos on January 13, 14 and 15 in the New Holland Arena; Merry-go-round in the main hall; and the butterfly house and children’s tractor ride in the Giant Expo Hall.

Find out more with the Farm Show Visitor’s Guide: https://bit.ly/3mqYh8a

Here’s a look back at the last show in person

  • SUSAN L. ANGSTADT – READER EAGLE SPECIAL

    A young rider enters the arena carrying the American flag at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

  • Reading eagle

    The 2020 Butter Sculpture at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, featured the Pennsylvania team mascots. This year, due to COVID-19, there will be no butter sculpture as part of the Virtual Farm Show 2021.

  • MediaNews Group

    A calf from Meadow Spring Farm in Lititz was the first calf born in the Calving Corner at the Pennsylvania Farm Show 2020. The Farm Show 2021 will have a Virtual Calving Corner.

  • Reading eagle

    Sierra Brown of Cold Creek Farms in Kempton gives water to a short-horned heifer at the 2020 Agricultural Show.

  • Susan L. Angstadt – Reading Eagle Special

    A judge from the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association waits for the smoke to clear from the opening of the rodeo championships at the 2020 Farm Show.

  • Reading eagle

    Troup Miller from Jersey Shore, Pa., Left, performs a victory lap after winning first place in the Steer Wrestling competition at the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo at the 2020 Farm Show.

  • Reading eagle

    Baby ducks plan to jump into the water at the Waterfowl Show co-sponsored by Joe Jurgielewicz and his son from Upper Bern Township at the 2020 Farm Show. (READ THE EAGLE)

  • Reading eagle

    A Jersey Giant Black chats with other roosters in the Farm Show 2020 room.

  • Susan L. Angstadt – Reading Eagle Special

    An English Bucks County spot monitors attendees at farm shows.

  • LAUREN A. PETIT – READING EAGLE

    Jane Tausig serves honey-based ice cream and waffles at the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association booth Jan. 3 at the Farm Show.

  • Reading Eagle Special: Susan L. Angstadt

    Britannia Petite is the new breed of rabbit added to the farm display. Be careful – this one bites.

  • LAUREN A. PETIT – READING EAGLE

    Jim Ruff from Lewisberry, York County, runs the milkshake machines during Friday’s food court preview day at the Pennsylvania Farm Show 2020. He was there with other members of Valley Grange 1370 working on the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association booth.

  • Susan E. Miers Smith – Reading Eagle,

    Some of the apple products available in the food court at the Pennsylvania Farm Show 2020 in Harrisburg on January 3, 2020.

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