Scenes from 2020 Pa. Farm Show, day two
The Pennsylvania Farm Show returns this year for eight jam-packed days.
Visitors will find traditional elements such as the butter sculpture, animal competitions, Calving Corner, PA Preferred Culinary Connection and, of course, the food court.
Mixed in are some new additions – craft beer sales, cowboy church and a new Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association milkshake flavor, black raspberry.
Many are applauding the return of in-person event after the 2021 show was held virtually, despite concerns about the highly contagious omicron variant. Others are taking a more cautious approach.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has said it is moving forward with plans to host the show with several safety protocols in place. They’ve reconfigured the layout to create wider aisles and improved the airflow through upgrades to the HVAC system inside the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.
But Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding cautioned those who feel uncomfortable about attending to stay home.
“For individuals who are concerned about their personal health or have family members or colleagues who are particularly vulnerable, this is not the year to attend,” Redding said.
Those who do attend will encounter the usual sights, smells and tastes, from baby animals to tractor square dancing to gooey fried cheese cubes and batter-dipped vegetables.
There is something for everyone at the event. To help you make the most of your visit, here’s an official 2022 Farm Show guide:
When is the show?
Visitors will have eight days to check out the 2022 Farm Show, which will run from Jan. 8-15. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 8 and Jan. 10-14, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 9 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 15.
Where is the show?
The Farm Show is held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center at North Cameron and Maclay streets in Harrisburg. The building contains more than 1 million square feet with 11 halls and three arenas as well as more than 9,000 parking spaces.
Parking at the Pa. Farm Show Complex & Expo Center costs $15 per car. File photo by Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.comPENNLIVE.COM
How much does parking cost?
Parking at the Farm Show facility and surrounding lots costs $15 per car.
Parking is available on-site at the Farm Show Complex as well as off-site at Harrisburg Area Community College on Wildwood Park Drive, and a lot east of the complex at Elmerton Avenue and Sycamore Street. Free shuttle service is provided.
Handicapped parking is available at all parking lots operated by the complex. Individuals can also be dropped off in the circle of the Cameron Street Lobby for an even shorter walk.
Are masks required?
The Department of Agriculture said it is following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and encouraging visitors to wear face masks. Signs are posted throughout the complex advising visitors to wear masks and face masks will be made available for free.
“We are suggesting people wear masks and be vaccinated but there’s no plan at this point to require that or to check vaccine cards or anything like that,” said Shannon Powers, department spokeswoman.
Powers noted state employees are required to wear masks as mandated by Gov. Wolf in August for all indoor settings. Other vendors and workers are advised to wear masks, she said.
“We also are suggesting if people are exhibiting symptoms of COVID they stay home,” Powers said. “Our volunteer population includes a lot of older people. It takes thousands of volunteers to run the Farm Show.”
The 2020 Pa. Farm Show pictured in January 2020. File photo by Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLiveVicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
How can I social distance?
To help with social distancing, changes have been made to the complex’s layout and floor plans to widen aisles for better traffic flow. Among the changes, a Pennsylvania winery sales/sampling booth in the Main Hall has been repositioned to eliminate crowding.
As part of recent upgrades made to the building, doors at the New Holland Arena have been converted into entrances/exits, which Powers said will hopefully relieve crowds in the main Cameron Street Lobby. The complex’s HVAC system also has been upgraded, she said.
Where is the butter sculpture?
You can’t go to the Farm Show and not visit the butter sculpture. It’s one of the hallmarks of the show. Every year, the butter sculpture follows the theme of the Farm Show. This year’s theme is Harvesting More, celebrates a long-awaited reunion after a virtual 2021 show.
The sculpture is a longstanding tradition at the show and is created from about 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O’Lakes in Carlisle.
The masters behind the sculpture are husband and wife, Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken in Montgomery County, who started working on the creation in December.
What’s new this year?
For the first time, visitors ages 21 and older can buy beer to take home. A Craft Beer Competition was added in 2019, and for the 2022 show 121 artisan-crafted brews from 24 breweries (judging was already held) were entered in the competition. Pennsylvania wines also are available to buy.
Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History will host an Ag Explorer educational scavenger hunt. Kids can stamp passports and learn about Pennsylvania’s beginnings.
Cowboy Church will be held in the New Holland Arena Jan. 9 with a nondenominational down-on-the-ranch-style service.
Visitors at “So You Wanna’ Be a Farmer” in the Main Hall will find a new Urban Gardening feature called Reinventing the Corner Store with Philly’s Farmer Jawn CSA.
Two new breeds of rabbits – Dwarf Papillon and Polish Lilac – will be on display.
A Cornhole Tournament will be held 5 p.m., Jan. 11 and Country Line Dance-off from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 12, both in the New Holland Arena.
At the Frontier Finals Rodeo, meet star competitor Anthony Lucia of Live with Lucia from Jan. 13-15.
A canine speed and agility competition will be held in the Equine Arena on Jan. 13.
Eating at the food court during the 2020 Pa. Farm Show are, from left, Alexis Dunleavy, of Camp Hill, and Jordan Frederick and Stephanie Cammack, of Harrisburg. File photo by Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com
When will the food court be open?
The food court is one of the biggest attractions at the Farm Show. It’s where you can eat a smorgasbord of Pennsylvania foods, from maple candy to chicken corn soup, shoo-fly pie, pork barbecue and potato doughnuts.
It opens noon-9 p.m. Jan. 7 with a preview day including free parking.
On that day the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will host a kick off at 11 a.m. to promote Fill a Glass with Hope, a partnership between Feeding Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and American Dairy Association North East. Celebrity milkshake servers will be on hand between noon and 2 p.m. and a corporate sponsor will match contributions up to $2,500.
One major food court vendor, PennAg Industries Association, dropped out amid concerns about the health of farmers and volunteers with COVID-19 infection rates on the rise.
Otherwise, food court hours are: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10-14, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 9 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m Jan. 15.
The Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association is selling a new milkshake flavor, black raspberry at the 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
What’s new at the food court?
New this year, the PA Cooperative Potato Growers will sell pierogi along with famous baked potatoes and potato doughnuts. The Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania is introducing shredded portabella nachos, savory wild portabella mushroom jerky and fresh packaged mushrooms.
The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will sell black raspberry milkshakes along with standard vanilla and chocolate flavors.
Look for vegetable stir-fry, veggie burgers and veggie corn dogs at the PA Vegetable Growers Association booth and apple salsa, apple sauce pouches, and apple cotton candy from The State Horticultural Association of PA.
The PA Livestock Association is rolling out beef jerky snack sticks and C&J Catering will sell Momma D’s pork & kraut bowls and shepherd’s pie bowls.
Best times to go?
Opening weekend is typically busy at the complex and parking lots are known to fill up quickly. Crowds often dissipate late Sunday afternoon/evening. As for weekdays, it depends on the number of school groups and the weather. Farm Show organizers say the best times to arrive are between 9 a.m. and noon and the complex is often busiest during the hours of 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Can I get a flu or COVID vaccine?
The Department of Health will be offering flu and COVID vaccines each day at its booth. They will have the Pfizer pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 and the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 and older as well as Moderna vaccines. The vaccines are available for first or second doses or boosters.
What to wear?
Wear comfortable clothing such as jeans, boots or sneakers. A coat check is available in the Cameron Street Lobby.
Can I watch the show on TV?
Once again, PCNTV will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the Farm Show. Tune in from Jan. 8-15 on the cable channel or stream live and on demand on your favorite device. Subscribe at pcntv.com.
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