Spend the day on the farm-inside at the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show January 4-11, 2014

This is farm show week. This is the first week in January and as history goes, it's cold and snowy. This year marks the 98th year of the farm show and new this year is the 60th year of  the milkshake. In chocolate and vanilla made by Pennsylvania's dairy men. There is also bacon, baked potatoes, and more delicious Pennsylvania food. All the food served at the farm show is from Pennsylvania farms. You can eat there and also purchase food products to take home like maple syrup, meats, jams, jellies, and more. There are also lots of free food samples in the PA Preferred Market area.

A few helpful tips for visiting the farm show:
  • Show dates are January 4-11, 2014.
  • This is family oriented. Bring the kids. It's fun and educational.
  • The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center is located at North Cameron and Maclay Streets, Harrisburg, PA.
  • To get directions to the show visit http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/,
  • Print out the schedule of events and plan you day around the events and displays you want to visit and see.
  • Pick up a FREE visitor guide when you enter the building. Look for the info booths or people handing them out.
    • Admission is FREE, parking is $10. follow the signs once you get near the complex for parking. You may have to park off site and take a shuttle bus to and from the complex so dress warm for waiting for the bus. The state police are directing traffic at the parking lots.
    • Bring cash to pay for parking, food, and anything else you might want to purchase.  
    • Dress in layers since you will be walking and the farm show gets crowded, stay comfortable and use the coat check service.
    • Wear comfortable shoes.
    • Take breaks, enjoy the PA Preferred Food court.
    • There are live farm animals at the farm show.  If you are allergic to the animals and /or hay/straw plan accordingly.
    • Stay clear of live farm animals be taken to shows and grooming. Animals may bite, or kick if they are frightened. The animals walk where you walk so pay attention.
    • Bring a tote bag to carry all the freebies you can get from vendors and things you purchase from vendors and the PA Preferred Food Area. (you might find a vendor giving out free tote bags too.
      take a look at some of the free loot we brought home on Sunday from the vendor stands. (magnets, jar openers, tote bag, stickers, pens, pencils, and more!)

      Pick up a scavenger hunt map and a PA Detectives map at the information stations to learn about PA Farming and PA History.

      more tips:
      • Teachers, homeschoolers, and yourself can find lesson plans and more here: http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/page/education.aspx
      • Plan your visit for as soon as the show opens for the day, as the day goes on, the show becomes very crowded. I like to get there when it opens, by the time we leave it's very crowded.
      • The Pennsylvania State Police provide security and traffic flow during the show.
      • There is a medical doctor and EMT's on duty during show hours.
      • Handicapped parking is available. Be sure to display your handicapped eligibility.
      • Wheel chairs are available on a limited supply to first come basis.
      We went on Sunday and had a nice day, the roads were icy getting there and back, but we had a good time at the show, here are some of the highlights:

      scenes from the farm show:

      Ready to plan your trip or want to know more about the farm show? go here: http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/

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