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HARRISBURG — The state Department of Agriculture announced Thursday a multi-year deal with Carlisle-based Giant Food Stores to sponsor the Exposition Hall at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Officials said Thursday the deal will pay the state $150,000 annually for the first three years, with a two-year renewal option for $175,000 per year.

Giant will be the official sponsor of Exposition Hall and will have a display during the Farm Show that features Pennsylvania vendors.

“When you think of Central Pennsylvania and the Harrisburg area, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center almost immediately comes to mind,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, Giant Food Stores. “As the market leader and as a company founded and headquartered in nearby Carlisle, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to have our name on this iconic and important building as a public symbol of our longstanding support of the community as well as local farmers and food purveyors.”

The state isn’t yet disclosing the improvements that the sponsorship money will fund.

“Giant’s investment in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center demonstrates a commitment to Pennsylvania agriculture and the positive impact that public-private partnerships can have on this critical industry,” said Secretary Redding. “These partnerships allow us to introduce the world of agriculture to residents from all corners of the commonwealth, celebrating our rich heritage, telling our stories, and inspiring the future.”

The 103rd Farm Show runs Jan. 5-12. This year’s theme is “inspiring Pennsylvania’s story.”

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