HARRISBURG – Baseball Legend Yogi Berra once said “it’s not over till it’s over.”
He could have been talking about the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.
If you didn’t get to the Farm Show during the first five days, there’s plenty of action left in the last three. Yes, you missed the high school rodeos, horse pulling, sheep to shawl contest, the state’s largest square dance, the talent show and even the meatball showdown.
But you still can enjoy a stick horse race, an Army vs. Navy cook-off, tractor square dancing, cow milking contest, the Great Ice Cream Scooper Challenge and even lumberjack demonstrations. You also can attend – and sample — gooey, chewy sticky buns at the state sticky bun contest.
The eight-day show, which opened Jan. 6 and closes at 5 p.m. Saturday is held in the state Farm Show Complex at Cameron and Maclay streets here. Hours for the last three days are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the closing day.
Although admission is free, parking costs $15 a vehicle in the Farm Show lots off of Elmerton Avenue and at Harrisburg Area Community College. Free shuttle service and handicapped parking are available.
It’s impossible to predict what the crowds will be like on the last three Farm Show days. Some locals are “Farm Showed Out” by now and don’t return. Some out-of-town visitors for several days are ready to head home. Thus, crowds could be lighter.
Crowds can be large on the last three days of the show when there has been icy or snowy weather early in the event. There also are those visitors who simply can’t get enough of the Farm Show and want to enjoy every last experience.
Don’t let that stop you from attending because there’s plenty of room for everyone in the sprawling 24-acre complex. There’s hundreds of animals and exhibits left to see, several cooking demonstrations at PA Preferred Culinary Connection and a banquet of Pennsylvania food awaiting visitors in the Food Court.
Highlights of the last three days follow:
Thursday: Exceptional rodeo at 1 p.m.; Army vs. Navy cook-off at 1 p.m.; Homegrown by Heroes awards at 2 p.m.; rabbit hopping demonstration at 5 p.m. and Angora Palooza at 6 p.m.
Friday: Dairy cattle judging at 8 a.m.; tractor square dance at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Best Rib and Beer Competition at 1 p.m.; and Golden Barrel sticky bun contest at 5 p.m.
Saturday: Meat breeding sheep judging and boer goat show at 8 a.m.; lumberjack demonstration at 9 a.m.; Great Ice Cream Scooper Challenge at 1 p.m.; and apple auction at 3 p.m.