The time is almost upon to either visit in person or watch on television the 90th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. For eight days, starting Jan. 7, almost half a million visitors will descend upon the Farm Show to see the livestock, taste the food, see the competitions and learn more about why Pennsylvania is such a noted leader in agriculture, said state Rep. Art Hershey.

For those of you who may not have visited the Pennsylvania Farm Show before, you might be surprised to learn that it is the largest indoor agricultural event in American, covering 25 acres under one continuous roof.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show truly offers something for everyone. There are dancing competitions and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, rodeos and tractor pull competitions, the traditional sheep-to-shawl contest, a cow milking competition, lots of exhibits, and a marketplace where visitors can purchase Pennsylvania agricultural products.

Year after year hundred of thousands of families attend the weeklong event. Children love to see the yearly butter sculptures, tractors and the more than 10,000 animals, including cows, sheep, horses, chickens and other livestock. This is a fun learning opportunity not to be missed. As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I encourage all families to visit the Farm Show and teach their children about the importance of agriculture and why it is the number one industry in Pennsylvania.

This year's theme is "An Agricultural Tradition for Generations" and will feature displays and activities aimed at the unique experiences visitors and competitors have enjoys over the past 90 years of the event.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is held at the Farm Show building in Harrisburg at Cameron and Maclay streets, directly off Interstate 81 and Routes 322/22. Admission is free, with a charge of $5 for parking with shuttle service available to the event.

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