Milkshake lovers rejoice! The annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is back January 6-14, 2017, featuring the famous shakes and tasty food that bring visitors back year after year. We encourage Happy Travelers to celebrate Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage at the 101st show to enjoy “Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience,” with nearly 6,000 animals and 10,000 exhibits. If you’re a first-timer, here are our top five Farm Show must-sees.
1. Butter Sculpture
Every year, a life-sized butter sculpture is on display in the Main Hall, which represents the theme of the current show. The sculpture is made with 1,000 pounds of butter and is created by Jim Victor of Conshohocken.
2. Food Court
Foodies unite at the Farm Show every year to sample some of Pennsylvania’s best treats! Milkshakes are a must-have to satisfy your sweet tooth – more than 100,000 are purchased at the Farm Show each year. The delicious milkshakes are created by the PA Dairymen’s Association and are locally sourced. New for 2017 is the Blue-Ribbon Mushroom Blended Burger by the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania. We can’t forget some of the other famous treats, like potato donuts, fried mozzarella cubes and pulled pork!
3. Sheep-to-Shawl Contest
One of the most exciting events at the Farm Show is the Sheep-to-Shawl contest. Teams compete live as they shear a sheep to create a shawl – yes, right then and there! – which is then auctioned off. Each team consists of a shearer, three spinners, a carder and weaver.
4. First Frontier Rodeo
Attend the “Greatest Show on Dirt” during the last three days of the PA Farm Show. The rodeo attracts fans from all walks of life. Watch as cowboys compete before one is crowned on the last day. Tickets are needed to attend.
5. Tractor Square Dancing
You read that correctly! It wouldn’t be an agricultural show without tractors square dancing. Two teams consisting of two callers and 14 drivers will maneuver tractors of all sizes around the Large Arena, coordinated to music. The event happens at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, January 13.