Pa. Farm Show draws big opening-day crowd

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa.

Visitors wandered past thousands of farm animals, witnessed the crowning of a new apple pie champion, cheered young cowboys at a rodeo and ate their way through a food court stuffed with Pennsylvania delicacies as the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show began its eight-day run Saturday.

Arriving by carriage, Gov. Tom Corbett opened the 96th celebration of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry by thanking the state’s 62,000 farming families: “Pennsylvania has a rich agricultural tradition, and the Pennsylvania Farm Show honors our oldest and largest industry.”

Thousands of people swarmed the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, where they were greeted by a dizzying array of livestock exhibits as well as a full slate of events including a garden-tractor pull, a logging-horse demonstration, cooking contests and exhibitions, and the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association Championship Rodeo. And, of course, there was the food: from Pennsylvania baked potatoes to honey ice cream to deep-fried breaded mushrooms.

The 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show theme is “Made in PA. It Makes a Difference,” highlighting the state’s agricultural products, including honey, maple syrup, wool and Christmas trees.

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