The fun, food and festivities of the annual Farm Show are just around the corner, so mark your calendar because from Saturday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 17, you can experience the largest indoor agriculture event in the United States.The 2009 Farm Show's theme is "Keeping Pennsylvania Growing," and this free, week-long event is a great way to learn about Pennsylvania's number one industry - agriculture. The Farm Show is considered a showplace through which agricultural operators can view new equipment and practices, but everyone can enjoy seeing how the food that comes to their tables is produced or harvested.

The Farm Show truly has something for everybody, with 13,000 competitive exhibits - everything from horses, dairy cattle and Christmas trees to mushrooms, wine and anything else related to agriculture. There are also a number of baking contests including best shoo fly pie and best cocoa cookie. The winning recipes are displayed on the Farm Show Web site, farmshow.state.pa.us.

I have had the pleasure over the past two years of attending the show and meeting with residents of the 100th District who are competing in the various events. During the 2007 Farm Show, I interviewed Kelsey and Nate Binkley and Freddy Frey for my cable television show, Legislative Report. Last year, I spoke with Ethan and Hannah Wentworth about the Ayrshire cows they were showing.

I am amazed by the dedication and expertise of the young people who exhibit livestock at the Farm Show. I am looking forward to meeting more young competitors from the district at the 2009 show, and bringing their experiences to you through my television program.

If you know a young person from the 100th District who is exhibiting at the Farm Show and would like to participate in my Legislative Report program, please contact my office at 786-4551. This program airs on Saturdays on Comcast's Channel 66 and is also available on my Web Site, RepCutler.com.

Bryan Cutler represents the 100th District. His e-mail address is bcutler@pahousegop.com

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