Legislators have all the right moo-ves in VIP Dairy Showmanship Contest

January 12, 2011
  • The VIP Dairy Showmanship Contest was held Wednesday at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show. From left to right are: Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Alternate Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Jesse Kline of Franklin County, state Rep. Mark Keller, R-Perry/Franklin, Barbara Aldrich and Betsy Albright.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Given the chance to be a showman Wednesday, state Rep. Mark Keller milked it for all it was worth.

Keller, R-Franklin/Perry, took top honors in a VIP dairy showmanship contest at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Keller competed with 15 other state legislators, including state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, in the contest held in the large arena. Lawmakers were paired with farmers from their districts who provided a last-minute lesson on showing the animals.

Keller, who has served on the agriculture and rural affairs committee, showed a jersey from Reich-Dale Farm in Chambersburg, Pa.

The contest was organized by the Center for Dairy Excellence and PennAg Industries Association.

Judges for the contest were Rick Allen, a dairy farmer from Fayette County, and Kerry Golden, majority executive director of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

While legislators tried their hands at showing a dairy cow and the judges deliberated, master of ceremonies, Kirk Sattazahn, provided the audience with some facts about agriculture and the dairy industry.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, continues through Saturday. Admission is free and parking is $10.

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— Jennifer Fitch

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