HARRISBURG — If you haven’t had time to visit the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show, don’t panic. You still have three days.
Although you’ve missed the Cumberland County Drill Team, the draft horse hitched competitions, the apple pie contest, sheep-to-shawl contest and the square dancing, there’s still much to see and do.
Think tractor square dancing, dairy goat show, Army-Navy cook-off, lumberjack demonstration and apple auction.
If you want to compete, make a pan of sticky buns for the sticky bun contest Friday at 5 p.m.
The Farm Show is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free but parking costs $15 a vehicle in the Farm Show lots off of Elmerton Avenue and at HACC. Free shuttle service and handicapped parking are available.
The last three days tend to be less frantic than the first few days of Pennsylvania’s version of a state fair. Yet the 24-acre complex still buzzes with activity as visitors come to see animals and exhibits, attend the entertainment in the arenas, watch cooking demonstrations at the PA Preferred Culinary Connection and taste the treats in the Food Court.
Here are some highlights of the last three days:
Thursday, Jan. 10: Junior Dairy Goat Show in the Northwest Hall, 8 a.m.; Draft Horse Pleasure Show and Stick Horse Race in the Equine Arena, 8:30 a.m.; tractor square dancing in the New Holland Arena, 10 a.m.; Exceptional Rodeo in the New Holland Arena; and Army vs. Navy cook-off on the Culinary Connection Stage, 1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11: Horse shoeing, hoof trimming and sheep shearing demonstrations in the New Holland Arena, 9:30 a.m.; Celebrity Cow Milking Contest in the Equine Arena, 2:30 p.m.; Milk A Cow in the Equine Arena, 3:30 p.m.; and Golden Barrel Sticky Bun Contest in the Main Exhibition Hall, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12: Farm Class Horse Pulling in the New Holland Arena, 9:30 a.m.; lumberjack demonstration in the Equine Arena, 2 p.m.; and apple auction in the Main Exhibition Hall, 3 p.m. The Farm Show closes at 5 p.m.
For more information about the Farm Show, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.