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All set for All-American Dairy Show

The show runs Sept. 15-20 and features 2,000 dairy cattle and 23 dairy shows.

Chris Torres, Editor, American Agriculturist

August 10, 2018

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The 55th All-American Dairy Show is set for Sept. 15-20 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

The show will feature nearly 2,000 dairy cattle shown by more than 1,000 exhibitors.

It is one of the largest dairy cattle shows not only in the Northeast, but also the entire country.

Exhibitors come from all over the country and Canada to compete in 23 dairy shows.

The show begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15 with the Pennsylvania State Junior Dairy Show in the Farm Show’s Equine Arena.

Other highlights include Youth Showmanship in the Large Arena at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 16; the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in the Small Arena at 7:50 a.m. on Sept. 17; and the All-American breed shows from Sept. 18-20.

The Supreme Champion Pageant will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 20.

For Antique Lovers
Have an interest in antiques and collectibles? The 21st annual All-Dairy Antiques and Collectibles Show will be held Sept. 14-19.

The show, according to the All-American website, is the only all-dairy antiques show in the U.S. featuring many high-quality, rare and unusual items.

The show opens at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sept. 15-19.

For more information, contact Gary Gojsovich at 717-635-5067.

Obie Snider Award
The winner of the 2018 Obie Snider Award will be presented Sept. 16 as part of the Exhibitor Appreciation Dinner.

The award was established in memory of Obie Snider of Bedford County, who is a “founding father” of the All-American Dairy Show.

According to the Department of Agriculture, the award recognizes a person who places significant value in service to the dairy industry and community and displays high standards of conduct.

The 2017 winner was Samuel Hayes Jr., former state secretary of agriculture.

For more information on the All-American Dairy Show, visit

Featured breed and showmanship events:

Saturday, Sept. 15
9 a.m.: Pennsylvania State Junior Dairy Show, Equine Arena

Sunday, Sept. 16
9:30 a.m.: Youth Showmanship Contest, Large Arena
6:30 p.m.: All-American Dairy Show “Exhibitor Appreciation Dinner,” at PA Preferred® Banquet Hall, featuring Obi Snider Award presentation.  

Monday, Sept. 17
7:50 a.m.: Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Small Arena
8 a.m.: Premier national junior event shows, Large Arena and Equine Arena
3 p.m.: Premier National Junior Supreme Champion Pageant, Large Arena

Tuesday, Sept. 18
9 a.m.: PA Fall Holstein Championship Show and PA Holstein Futurity, Equine Arena
1 p.m.: All-American Ayrshire Show, calves and heifers, Large Arena
1 p.m.: All-American Milking Shorthorn Show, calves and heifers, Large Arena
1 p.m.: All-American Jersey Show, calves and heifers, Equine Arena

Wednesday, Sept. 19
8 a.m.: All-American Jersey Show, cows, Equine Arena
8 a.m.: All-American Red & White Show, Equine Arena
8 a.m.: All-American National Guernsey Show, Large Arena
8 a.m.: All-American Milking Shorthorn Show, cows, Large Arena
1 p.m.: All-American Ayrshire Show, cows, Large Arena
1 p.m.: All-American Holstein Show, calves and heifers, Equine Arena
1 p.m.: All-American Brown Swiss Show, calves and heifers, Equine Arena
4 p.m.: All-American Dairy Show Herdsman Award presentation, at the winning pack

Thursday, Sept. 20 
9 a.m.: All-American Brown Swiss Show, cows, Equine Arena
9 a.m.: All-American Holstein Show, cows, Equine Arena
1 p.m.: Supreme Champion Pageant, Large Arena

About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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