Pennsylvania Farm Show Opens

The annual Pennsylvania farm show recently opened this January with the unveiling of a 1,000-pound butter statue.

The annual farm show is held every year in Harrisburg, PA. Beginning in 1917, the farm show is the largest indoor farm event in the country (whose buildings cover more than 24 acres spread across 11 buildings), and has grown from a local state fair to one of the most famous ag events in the nation.

In addition to showing off the work of state farmers, a major part of this year’s farm show will focus on education. The event will present a history of state agriculture, will offer lesson plans and workbooks to Pennsylvania educators, and will help connect local consumers to local producers.

The star of the farm show, however, was the 1,000-pound butter sculpture. This year’s sculpture paid tribute to Pennsylvania agriculture, depicting many of the state’s top agricultural commodities including milk and other dairy products, grapes, and wine.

When the show is complete, the sculpture will be donated to a local farm and converted into about 65 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer