HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) It is time for the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding helped to unveil the Farm Show butter sculpture. The buttery creation was carved from a half-ton of butter and depicting the Choose PA Dairy ‘Find Your Power’ campaign. The sculpture, a longtime Farm Show staple, encourages Pennsylvanians to support our state’s dairy industry.
“People from across the commonwealth look forward to Farm Show each year, and this sculpture is one of the most beloved parts of this annual event,” said Governor Tom Wolf in a prepared release. “But it’s more than just butter. It’s a way for us to honor our dairy industry in a fun and memorable way an industry that we work hard to promote and support year-round.”
The sculpture, sponsored by American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), features several individuals donning superhero capes, including an athlete, a soldier, a doctor, a firefighter, and a dairy farmer. The sculptors began work in mid-December to craft the work of art from butter donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County.
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Farm Show Hours
Fri., January 4: 12 PM-9 PM
(food court only)
Sat., January 5: 8 AM – 9 PM
Sun., January 6: 8 AM-8 PM
Mon., January 7: 8 AM-9 PM
Tues., January 8: 8 AM-9 PM
Wed., January 9: 8 AM-9 PM
Th., January 10: 8 AM-9 PM
Fri., January 11: 8 AM-9 PM
Sat., January 12: 8 AM-5 PM
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 5 12, 2019. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.
Penn College Students to be Part of the Farm Show
*Information from Penn College
Throngs of visitors will soon converge on Harrisburg to celebrate the commonwealth’s agricultural prominence, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be there to help honor the event’s 2019 theme of “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.”
The college’s presence throughout the 103rd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show includes Chefs Michael Ditchfield and Christopher Grove, along with 10 students from the School of Business & Hospitality.
They will spend the opening days, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6, working in energetic collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and celebrity chefs on the Culinary Connection stage. A Student Cooking Challenge will be held there at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Among this year’s culinary VIPs are Ellie Krieger – host of “Healthy Appetite With Ellie Krieger” on Food Network and “Ellie’s Real Good Food” on PBS – and Lance A. Smith, executive chef at The Millworks in Harrisburg and a 2006 culinary arts technology alumnus of Penn College.
“Our annual participation in the Farm Show provides an opportunity to showcase the incredible talents of our students. We also demonstrate the hands-on aspect of our programs through kid-friendly activities, with the hope that we might inspire the next generation of tomorrow makers,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost. “Given the historic appeal of the Farm Show, we also look forward to connecting with alumni who attend the event with their families. We take great pride in participating in one of the commonwealth’s most notable events.”
Representatives of the Alumni Relations Office will staff the college’s booth throughout the week, and the college’s academic schools will offer a rotating schedule of hands-on activities during the event.
Diesel faculty from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies will set up a Caterpillar engine sensor diagnostic lab on Saturday, Jan. 5, affording attendees the opportunity to troubleshoot a simulated fault code in the electronic Engine Control Module.
On Sunday and Monday, Jan. 6-7, the school will feature its horticulture and forestry programs, employing virtual-reality goggles to “walk through” a finished landscape design and letting youngsters pot a souvenir seedling for planting in the spring.
The School of Construction & Design Technologies will be spotlighted during an interactive “Engineer Your Future” display on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Civil Engineering and Surveying Club members will demonstrate the latest technologies for collection of geographic data, along with bridge testing and other strength-of-materials activities.
The automotive side of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources will take over the college booth on Wednesday, Jan. 9, evaluating participants’ performance with the virtual-reality SpraySim paint simulator while publicly sharing the experience on a 52-inch monitor.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, through the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications’ “Agriculture in Brewing” display, Farm Show visitors will use industry-standard instruments to determine bushel weight and kernel-size distribution of malted barley samples, as well as a sieve to mill malt and evaluate grit-size distribution. The exercise will spotlight Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science major, launched during the Fall 2017 semester.
The School of Nursing & Health Sciences will literally be “on hand” on Friday, Jan. 11, asking an important question for any time of year, but one that is especially relevant during cold and flu season: “Are Your Hands Clean?” Nursing faculty will use blue-light technology to screen attendees before and after handwashing to gauge the effectiveness and thoroughness of their technique.
On Saturday, Jan. 12, the School of Industrial, Engineering & Computing Technologies will present “Design to Destruction,” developing a 3-pound robot through detailed 3D models, 2D drawings and 3D printed prototypes – then demonstrating its combat prowess within an enclosure safely sealed for observation by visitors.