Lancaster Farming Supports Agriculture Education

Winter 2014
The Friends of the Pennsylvania
Farm Show Foundation, Inc. is
pleased to share information and updates with friends, sponsors and anyone interested in the enhancement of
one of our state’s greatest treasures,
the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Lancaster Farming Supports Agriculture Education
Resource Management, Plant and
Soil Science, or Power and System
For the past nine years, Lancaster
Farming has supported the large
Agricultural Education displays in the
Weis Expo Hall at the Farm Show. FFA
chapters from across the state have
designed life-size exhibits reflecting
agriculture’s role in technology and our
Themes for the displays have included:
2006 - Nine Decades of PA Agriculture
2007 - Gearing up for the 21st Century
2011 - K
eeping PA Growing: Open for
Using their own materials and props,
teams will tell the ag story in a 20
minute on-stage presentation; create a
4-6 minute video; and have a tabletop
trifold display depicting preparation
steps for the video.
The grand prize awarded for these
displays is $1,000. Lancaster Farming
sponsors this contest, as well as many
of the FFA activities
Lancaster Farming is proud to support
this segment of Farm Show. They
believe that FFA is making a positive
difference in the lives of students by
developing their potential for premier
leadership, personal growth and
career success. They feel that this
real-world experience at the Pennsylvania Farm Show has a lasting effect
on the lives of the FFA students.
Hats off to Lancaster Farming for
supporting this endeavor. As you are
probably aware, Lancaster Farming is
the leading Northeast and Mid-Atlantic farm newspaper. They have about
56,000 paid subscribers and have
been in business since 1955.
For the 2015 show, the theme is “The
Next Crop of Agriculturalists.” The FFA
Chapters are required to research the
preparations necessary to become the
next generation of agriculturalists. For
the display, the topic must fall within
the nine agricultural content areas: Animal Science, Ag Bio Technology, Food
Science, Forestry, Leadership and
Career Development, Management
Economics and Marketing, Natural
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We Lost A Great Friend
Senator Mike Waugh
Farm Show Commissioner and
Executive Director of the Farm Show Complex
Friends of the
Pennsylvania Farm
Show Foundation
Board Members
William L. Piper, Chairman
Carlisle, PA
Michael H. Firestine,
Womelsdorf, PA
Beverly S. Gruber,
Secretary, Treasurer
New Tripoli, PA
Michael Brammer
Harrisburg, PA
Bill Burgess
Ephrata, PA
Donald Hoover
Lititz, PA
Mia Rushton
University Park, PA
Linda Spahr
York, PA
The Friends of Farm Show
Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit corporation that was
developed to stimulate, facilitate,
and support educational programs,
incentives and events relating to
the annual Farm Show event.
Friends of the Pennsylvania
Farm Show Foundation Inc.
2300 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Senator Mike Waugh former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex
and Expo Center, was well known as a public
servant and advocate for agriculture. Mike
began his public life as a fire chief and township
supervisor. He later became a state representative followed by state senator. Mike served as
majority caucus chairman and chairman of the
Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. He was also the governor’s representative
through three different administrations, serving
as Pennsylvania Farm Show Commissioner.
He was Farm Show and Keystone International
Livestock Exposition draft horse chairman. In
his role as senator, he was able to communicate the need and benefit of continued funding
for the state sponsored shows highlighting the
youth development, agricultural promotion and
economic development impact of the events.
Mike was a visionary, a statesman, a farmer, a
family man, and a friend of agriculture. He will
be greatly missed.
Upcoming Events at the Farm Show Complex
January 2015
1/29 – 2/1
PA Auto Show
Tina Cline (717) 671-4323 [email protected]
February 2015
2/7 – 2/15
The Great American Outdoor Show
NRA - Chris O'Hara (717) 566-3170
2/26 – 3/1
Harrisburg RV & Camping Show
2/27 – 3/1
The Garden Expo
NARI of Central PA
March 2015
3/5 – 3/8
Horse World Expo
Denise Parsons (301) 916-0852 [email protected]
3/6 – 3/8
Pet Expo
Bob Dobart (301) 916-0852
3/13 – 3/14
Eastern Bison Association Show
Tupper Sverduk (717) 817-8480
3/19 – 3/22
PA Home Show
Wendy David (717) 232-5595
PA Holstein Spring Show
Ken Raney (814) 234-0364 [email protected]
New at the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show
Thousands of animals, fun and exciting competitions and delicious food are
among the many attractions awaiting
visitors to the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm
Show, which takes place on January
10-17 at the PA Farm Show Complex
and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Many
new attractions will be added to the
2015 Farm Show, including:
Fill a Glass with Hope
Join the Pennsylvania Dairymen's
Association and its partners Friday,
Jan. 9, at noon, to ‘Fill a Glass with
Hope’ by providing milk to central
Pennsylvanians in need through the
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank's
Milk Distribution Program, the first of
its kind in the nation. Monetary donations accepted throughout the week at
the Weis Markets booth and the main
Food Court will help the food bank to
purchase milk for Pennsylvanians in 27
counties. Kick off the new year by 'Filling a Glass with Hope' on Friday, Jan.
9, at noon. Donations will be accepted
at the WEIS Booth and the Food Court
all week long.
Food Court Specialties
The famous PA Preferred™ Food
Court will offer new items as part of its
taste of Pennsylvania. Enjoy fried pickles from the Pennsylvania Vegetables
Growers Association, a grilled cheeseburger from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association or soft pretzels and
pork nachos from the PennAg Industries
Association. Eat healthier when many
vendors begin using High Oleic Soybean Oil, which also improves kitchen
performance and reduces buildup of
polymers on food service equipment
during high heat cooking. The Today’s
Ag display will demonstrate the process
from soybean to soybean oil.
Family Ag-Olympics
Pennsylvanians of all ages are invited to participate in the first Farm
Show Ag Olympics on Saturday, Jan.
10 at 4 p.m. in the Equine Arena.
Teams will compete for prizes and
bragging rights and individuals can test
their skills at stations, operated by the
Pennsylvania 4-H State Council, for
fun. Ten stations feature fun like dressing up as a scarecrow and testing your
agriculture trivia knowledge.
What’s Cooking?
Aaron McCargo Jr., winner of The
Next Food Network Star and star of
“Big Daddy’s House,” will be on the PA
Preferred™ Culinary Connection stage
on Sunday, Jan. 11 at noon and 2 p.m.
From comfort foods to barbeque favorites to breakfast delights, Aaron whips
up mouth-watering recipes inspired by
many years of culinary experience with
his fun-loving family.
Farm Show Detectives Learning
Young visitors explore more of Pennsylvania agriculture through new Farm
Show Detectives Learning Stations.
•Penn State College of Agricultural
Science’s THINK AG station: Explore
different areas of agriculture and learn
how the industry touches our lives each
•The Tractor Amusement Ride:
Learn the parts of a tractor and have
the opportunity to ride the tractor
amusement ride that benefits the Farm
Show Scholarship Foundation.
•Dog Licensing: Discover the importance of keeping your dogs safe at the
Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of
Dog Law Enforcement station.
Pennsylvania Cheeses Compete
The first cheese competition is open
to any Pennsylvania cheesemaker
holding a valid dairy foods permit from
the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Each cheesemaker is eligible
to submit three varieties of cheeses
from cow, goat and sheep milk, as well
as all-milks and mixed-milks categories. The judging will be held in mid-December. The winning cheeses will be
displayed in Exhibition Hall C near the
Maclay Street lobby.
More Commodities Compete for
Top Honors
New classes for the Goldrush variety come to the apple competition, the
Thomas Myers black walnut joins the
nut competition, and True Foreign Firs
are a new Christmas tree category.
Food Court Expansion in Main
The Food Court Annex in the Main
Hall has expanded so more visitors can
savor famous Pennsylvania Farm Show
favorites from the Mushroom Growers,
PennAg Industries and Dairymen’s Association.
New Family Living Exhibitions
Young grill masters can enter 4-H
projects in the Beyond the Grill contest.
New handmade ornaments, button
crafts and the pillowcase challenge will
be on display in the Main Hall.
More Animal Competition
New animal breeds will enter competition, including seven additional varieties of poultry and 17 additional variety
classes for rabbits. Youth will get the
opportunity to show off their skills
during the newly added junior breeding sheep, junior beef and junior meat
breeding goat showmanship classes.
See you at Farm Show!
Consider Joining the Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation, Inc.
In 2010, the Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation, Inc. was established to stimulate, facilitate and support
educational programs, incentives and events relating to the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
educational organization. Contributions are tax deductible.
We encourage you to become a friend. Contributions are $50.00 annually or $500.00 to become a lifetime friend. An association contribution is $500.00 annually and corporate/business is $1,000.00. For a membership application, contact Beverly
Gruber at 610-767-5026 or by email at [email protected] or any foundation board member.
Jackets, hats and anniversary books will be available at the Friends booth at the 2015 Farm Show.
The 100th
PA Farm Show Book
An extraordinary account of the past 100 years:
• The rich history of the nation's largest
indoor agricultural exposition
• Inspiring stories and interviews and
never-before-seen photos
• A special keepsake that you and your family
will enjoy for generations
mail coupon to: Lancaster Farming PAFS 100th Book PO Box 609 Ephrata, PA 17522
Please mail my copies of the 100th Anniversary PA Farm Show book.
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