The 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show opens today, Jan. 5, in Harrisburg, offering a host of activities, including tractor pulls and a tractor square dance, cattle and sheep shows and cooking contests and competitions.
Held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, the show will run daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 12.
Here's 5 Fun Things to Do:
1. Cow Patty Bingo.
Cows will roam a giant bingo card, starting at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, and if one does its business first on your square, you win. Show-goers can purchase $25 squares for the chance to win a Weber grill and beef or Pennsylvania prize packages. Proceeds support the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.
2. Duct Tape and Snazzy Sneaker competitions, to name a few.
A new Hobby Lobby will feature quirky competitions, including a duct tape contest, decorated bowling pin contest and snazzy sneaker competition. Other contests will feature gourd crafts, clay flowerpots and pincushions.
3. The Great Grape Stomp
The farm show will toast Pennysylvania wine. In the Great Grape Stomp, two barefoot celebrity teams will compete for top vintner honors. Show-goers can vote for their favorite team and enter to win a winery tour. Wineries from across the state will offer free tastings, and wines will be available for sale.
4. Cheeseburger Showdown and Cooking Demonstrations.
The 97th running of the Pennsylvania Farm Show aims to demonstrate how agriculture drives the state's economy, with the theme, "Made in PA. It makes a difference." On Center State, with PA Preferred, there will be a Celebrity Best Cheeseburger Showdown and cooking demos by “The World’s Youngest Chef” Justin Miller and Food Network’s Dave Leiberman.
5. Fudge and Cupcake Contests
Favorites are back, like the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie and PA Preferred Chocolate Cake contests. The new sweet treats will include Old Fashioned Fudge and Cupcake contests.
In all, the farm show will feature some 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.
Parking is $10. Information on where to park also is available on the show's website.