2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show featured new attractions


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Farm Show returned with a few new attractions this year.

The 102nd annual show ran through Jan. 13 and boasted nearly 6,000 animals and 300 commercial exhibits.

Officials debuted a collection of new displays that include a green farming area, a hemp exhibit and a cow birthing center.

Visitors talked to local farmers about green agriculture methods in the “Diversity on Display” section.

Pennsylvania farmers are gravitating toward cover crops and no-till practices that produce healthier soil and cleaner water.

Patrons viewed hemp mill stones and seed pressing demonstrations. The plant was outlawed in the 1930s but is making a strong industrial return as a legal crop.

Four Lancaster County farms brought in cows for live birth viewings in the “Calving Corner.” Veterinarians answered questions during the workshop.

Fan favorites like the duckling slide and chick hatch display also returned to the Farm Show. 

Visitors also viewed agricultural art and live entertainment. A butter sculpture lauded the state’s dairy industry.