January 21, 2016

Our Day at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

What a great day at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show!
Held at the 24 acre Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, 
it's the biggest indoor agricultural expo in the country!

Three varieties of apples give a shout out for the show's 100th year!

Educational displays included one by the PA Mushroom Growers Cooperative.
Did you know that Pennsylvania is the mushroom capital of the world?
 Lots of mushroom-lovers in my family!

We were drawn into this informative booth provided by the 
PA chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation. (Here's their website.)
We're crazy about roasted chestnuts and would love to have our own tree!

A great illustration on this souvenir tee shirt.

Plenty of tractors on display at the Farm Show!
When our sons were little, we couldn't tear them away!
How about the size of this one?

On to the animals!

Tuckered out!

Farmshow fun!

The livestock auction.

We always enjoy the Horse Pulling Contest!
Teams of 2 horses must pull a weighted sled 20 feet.
Weight is added with cinder blocks as teams are eliminated.
This year the winning team pulled 7,450 pounds!

Alpacas were a favorite.

These gorgeous shawls were as soft as can be!

Wonderful to see this organization represented!
(Here's their website.)

Jars of fruits and vegetables were lined up 
in a rainbow of colors for the Canned Foods Competition.

Getting ready for the whoopie pie judging.

Speaking of food, the Farm Show Food Court is an attraction in and of itself.
Most would say that the stars of the show are the milkshakes.
Over 100,000 were purchased at last year's show!

I enjoyed the deliciously seasoned breaded mushrooms,
a grilled portobello sandwich, and a potato donut for dessert!

It's always fun to try something new.
The guys gave these Goat Taco Bowls a go!

Herlocher's Mustard Purchase!
Memories of our Penn State days... Our first introduction to this
addictive sweet & rough mustard was dipping pretzels 
at the Train Station Restaurant in State College, PA!
(Here's their website.)

One of my favorite attractions was the Butter Sculpture!
Land O' Lakes in Carlisle, PA supplied the 1,000+ pounds of butter used.
Created by Victor & Pelton of Conshohocken, PA, this year's sculpture
celebrated the show's 100th year with its theme, 
"Our Commonwealth's Blue Ribbon Experience."
It depicted children showing their prize cow and chicks,
a man and woman with their winning apples and pies,
plus a quilt and spinning wheel at the rear of the exhibit.

Get lots more info at the Pennsylvania Farm Show website.

Here are more of my blog posts for you:
2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show Fun
We Love the Pennsylvania Farm Show!

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