I went to the Pennsylvania State Farm show for the first time in a couple of decades. We went with our kids when they were young. I can bearly even remember going with them, however I did remember things from when I went as a kid. Going to the farm show was one of our two, day long vacations we took as a family, the other was Hershey Park in the summer. The first thing I remember as we trekked through the food court upon our arrival was that I didn’t even know the show had a food court until I was an adult. Mom always packed enough sandwiches and apples to feed an army of nine kids, the food court was off limits. The other thing that struck me was how small the big arena is. As a kid I thought it was huge and it was always so smoked filled that you could bearly see across to the other side. Thank goodness that has changed. As we passed gate 10 on our way around the outside of the arena, I remember that was place to meet if any of us ever got lost, we were to always find our way to gate 10.
The vendors are crazy now, the arena hallway is jammed with everything from socks and hats to wooden spoons and farm tools. The crowds are large, but manageable. I remember walking in the front door from the parking lot. I will say they have the shuttle system down pat these days. We did not have to wait long coming or going.
The smoke free arena and the beauty of prancing horses. We were most impressed with the black ones that past right by us in a hallway.
Three heads are better than one, and the color varity is nice as well.
Our dog is a chicken chaser, so we understood the why’s of this sign well.
Those are some big chickens with brooms on their feet. I’m not even sure the dog would chase these guys.
And speaking of large, the cow on the left is not a small cow, that brown and white cow is a MEGA cow.
We were there on the sheep to shawl day, and we saw a lot of cold shorn sheep.
The Baa, baa black sheep making sure he gets his hello in.
This is what you call a chick, slick sliding board.
This little gal rode the bull for just over 6 seconds, the guy running it was getting way to close to losing $200.00, turned up the spin and away she flew.
We hit the food court right after taking a sit down break while watching and sampling a healtly cooking show. There we sampled some deep fried mushrooms, a milkshake and topped it off with a beef sandwich.
We had a long, full, fun day and stood in line for about 30 minutes waiting for the shuttle that took us to a stop just a short, cold walk to our car. It really was everything Pennsylvania and before we left we were convinced that Pennsylvania has a lot to offer in the agricultural arena.
We were there on Wednesday and missed our neighbors winning in the beef competition. Congratulations to Heartfelt farms.