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Pa. farm show set for Jan. 6-13

December 12, 2006

HARRISBURG - Hundreds of thousands of visitors will gather for the 2007 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which opens Jan. 6 at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center here, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said.

"The farm show's appeal is broad as it offers something for everyone, while showcasing our state's number one industry, agriculture," Wolff said.

"Show exhibitors compete in everything from cows to cooking to floral arranging, with the added bonus of providing an educational experience for visitors who have not experienced life on the farm."

The eight-day event highlights every aspect of the commonwealth's agricultural industry. It ranges from traditional livestock and farm equipment to hardwoods and horticulture.

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Wolff said consumers can learn about - and enjoy - many of the foods and products grown and processed in Pennsylvania. The state is a leader in milk and dairy products, wines, maple products, and fruits and vegetables.

"Agricultural producers can evaluate advancements in farm equipment and technology, which may aid in improving productivity and profitability for their farm enterprises," he said.

The show is the nation's largest indoor agricultural exposition. On display will be about 6,000 animals and 8,000 exhibits that benefit from more than $440,000 in premiums. In addition, there will be 270 commercial exhibitors.

Other highlights include:

· Culinary Connection - Host of the TV show, "The Hungry Detective," Chris Cognac, will entertain visitors with his culinary skills. In addition, five winning regional chefs will vie for the title of the PA Preferred Best Chef in Pennsylvania.

· PA Energy Harvest - Learn first-hand how Pennsylvania is leading the nation in renewable energy by visiting more than 40 displays highlighting wind and solar energy, biodiesel, ethanol, and corn and wood burning stoves and furnaces.

· Growing Agriculture Technology - FFA chapters design displays illustrating new agricultural technologies, with a chance to win up to $1,000 in premium money. Visitors can vote for their favorite display.

· Farm Show Educational Learning Stations - Learn agriculture facts by following the 'Farm Show Farmer' through 18 stations throughout the show.

Wolff said all are invited to the annual Farm Show Dinner on Friday, Jan. 5, followed by live country-blue grass music from central Pennsylvania's own Joe Bonson and Coffee Run. Tickets cost $40 and seating is limited.

For more information on the Farm Show, go to www.farmshow.state.pa.us

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