HARRISBURG, Pa. — Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding invites Pennsylvanians to show off their skills and test their mettle by entering competitive agricultural events at the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Entry deadlines for hundreds of youth and open events are approaching for the 2022 show, to be held January 8 through 15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
“The Pennsylvania Farm Show is an annual stage where the bounty and quality of Pennsylvania agriculture shines,” said Redding. “Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or first-timer in the show-ring or under the judges’ eyes, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate the rivalry and revelry of our $132.5 billion dollar agriculture industry as we Harvest More in 2022.”
A full list of competitions, entry forms, rules and deadlines, and premiums can be found under Exhibit on the 2022 Farm Show pages at farmshow.pa.gov. General rules and Regulations, as well as rules for more than 40 departments and contests within each are detailed. Diverse contests range from alpacas to antique tractors, succulents to seed art, and pickles to public speaking. Competitions are an A to Z representation of agricultural processes from cultivating the perfect seed to breeding beautiful chickens to producing the perfect egg to baking it in blue-ribbon brownie.
Contests also include hundreds of popular events like bunny hopping, square dancing, cow milking and Sheep to Shawl, as well as chances to show your skills whether you’re an ag professional or avid hobbyist. Dozens of FFA and 4-H opportunities feature tomorrow’s Ag workforce as they sharpen and display their skills.
Deadlines approaching in November include:
Beer – Nov. 2
Livestock – Nov. 3
Wine – Nov. 5
Cheese – Nov.15
Cider – Nov.19
The 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show will also feature a return of fan-favorites like the 1,000 pound butter sculpture, famous Farm Show Food Court, cooking demonstrations at the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection, and more than one million square feet of hands-on agriculture education opportunities and chances to engage with the people who power Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry.
–Shannon Powers, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture