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What’s new for 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Chris Torres A mother and her calf at the Calving Corner inside the Pennsylvania Farm Show
CALVING CORNER: A big hit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the Calving Corner returns with local dairy farmers bringing their select cows for a calving showcase.
The show will feature additions to the event menu and the showmanship competition.

With the theme “Imagine the Opportunities,” the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show will roll into Harrisburg from Jan. 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

“This January, Farm Show-goers will have a chance to explore the breadth of Pennsylvania agriculture, our heritage and the innovation driving our future,” says Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Each and every one of more than half a million attendees will have the power to imagine how they can support, or be a part of, Pennsylvania agriculture’s bright future.”

What’s new

Farm Show officials say this year’s show will feature new youth showmanship categories in poultry, dairy cattle, breeding sheep, goats and alpacas.

Ag organizations are adding new foods to this year’s show, complementing the already legendary milkshakes.

Hemp tea will be making its debut with PennAg Industries’ Chiques Creek Hemp Tea in the food court. The tea comes in three flavors: original, passion fruit-mint and peach-lemon-dandelion.

The Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania are debuting the new Philly Port Sandwich made from portabella mushrooms seasoned with garlic, onions, salt, pepper and cheese.

The Pennsylvania Livestock Association is adding gluten-free meatballs and Sausage O’ the Day to its lineup of foods.

Chris TorresAn exhibitor prepares an Angus for show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

SHOWING THEIR BEST: An exhibitor prepares an Angus for show at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show. This year’s beef cattle supreme champion will be crowned on Jan. 6.

Here is a daily schedule of livestock and showmanship events at this year’s show:

Friday, Jan. 3.

  • 8 a.m. Open beef Shorthorn, Maine Anjou, Mainetainer, SimAngus/SimSolutions and AOB. Equine Arena.
  • 8:15 a.m. Supreme champion bred gilt. Small Arena.
  • 9 a.m. Bred gilt sale. Small Arena.
  • 3 p.m. Draft horse halter class, followed by decorating, riding classes and supreme champion. Equine Arena.
  • 3 p.m. Junior lamb and goat skill-a-thon. Keystone Conference Center.
  • 5 p.m. Sheep and goat clinic. Small Arena.

Saturday, Jan. 4

  • 8 a.m. Draft horse youth showmanship, followed by Cart Classes. Equine Arena.
  • 11:30 a.m. Junior market lamb competition. Small Arena.
  • 4 p.m. Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association Championship. New Holland Arena.
  • 6 p.m. Junior cattle and swine skill-a-thon. Keystone Conference Center.
  • 7 p.m. Grand champion junior market lamb, followed by showmanship. Small Arena.

Sunday, Jan. 5

  • 8 a.m. Junior beef breeding cattle show. Equine Arena.
  • 8 a.m. Junior market swine show. Small Arena.
  • 12:30 p.m. Draft horse hitch competition, six-horse hitch and other team classes. New Holland Arena.
  • 2 p.m. Junior market steer show. Equine Arena.
  • 4 p.m. Grand champion junior market swine, followed by showmanship. Small Arena.
  • 5 p.m. Grand champion junior market steer, followed by showmanship. Equine Arena.

Monday, Jan. 6

  • 8 a.m. Open beef Angus, Simmental, Hereford and Limousin judging. Equine Arena.
  • 8 a.m. Junior market goat. Small Arena.
  • 1 p.m. Grand champion junior market goat, followed by showmanship. Small Arena.
  • 2 p.m. Pennsylvania State FFA Mid-Winter Convention. New Holland Arena.
  • 4:30 p.m. Beef cattle supreme champion. Equine Arena.
  • 5 p.m. Supreme champion market showmanship. Small Arena.
  • 5:30 p.m. Draft horse hitch and drive. Equine Arena.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

  • 9:30 a.m. Sale of Champions followed by Junior Livestock Sale. Small Arena.
  • 1:30 p.m. Horse pulling, light and heavyweight. New Holland Arena.
  • 6:30 p.m. Mini horse pull. New Holland Arena.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

  • Noon. Draft horse hitch and drive. New Holland Arena.
  • 5 p.m. Draft horse pleasure showmanship, decorating, riding and barrel classes. New Holland Arena.  
  • 5:30 p.m. Bid Calling Contest. Pa. Preferred Banquet Hall.

Thursday, Jan. 9

  • 8 a.m. Junior dairy goat show. Northwest Hall.
  • 8 a.m. Angorapalooza. Small Arena.
  • 8:30 a.m. Draft horse pleasure show and stick horse race. Equine Arena.
  • 10 a.m. Tractor square dancing. New Holland Arena.
  • 2:30 p.m. Open breeding sheep show. Small Arena.
  • 3:30 p.m. Junior dairy cattle showmanship. Equine Arena.
  • 3:30 p.m. Junior meat goat showmanship. Northwest Hall.
  • 5 p.m. Junior meat breeding goat show. Northwest Hall.
  • 6 p.m. PA Equine Showcase. Equine Arena.
  • 7 p.m. PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo. New Holland Arena.
  • 8 p.m. Junior meat breeding goat supreme champion. Northwest Hall.

Friday, Jan. 10

  • 8 a.m. Open sheep show. Small Arena.
  • 8 a.m. Dairy cattle show. Equine Show.
  • 8 a.m. Open dairy goat judging. Northwest Hall.
  • 9:30 a.m. Horse shoeing, hoof trimming and sheep shearing. New Holland Arena.
  • 12:30 p.m. Draft horse hitch demonstration. New Holland Arena.
  • 2 p.m. Supreme champion dairy cow. Equine Arena.
  • 3 p.m. Showmanship clinic and junior exhibitor party. Small Arena.
  • 5:30 p.m. Dairy goat best doe in show. Northwest Hall.
  • 5:30 p.m. Junior breeding sheep showmanship. Small Arena.
  • 6 p.m. Pennsylvania Equine Showcase. Equine Arena.
  • 7 p.m. PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo. New Holland Arena.

Saturday, Jan. 11

  • 8 a.m. Boer goat show. Northwest Hall.
  • 8 a.m. Junior breeding sheep show. Small Arena.
  • 9 a.m. Pennsylvania Equine Showcase. Equine Arena.
  • 9:30 a.m. Farm class horse pulling. New Holland Arena.
  • 12:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Equine Showcase. Equine Arena.
  • 2 p.m. Master Showmanship. Northwest Hall.
  • 5 p.m. PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo. New Holland Arena.

Admission to Farm Show is free and parking is $15 in all Farm Show Complex-operated lots.

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