Thursday, January 12, 2012

PA Farm Show...

It's January...and that means it's time for the Pennsylvania Farm Show...

Jim and I had a not so busy day planned today, so we decided to head up to Harrisburg for the Farm Show.  It's been a few years since we've been there...

We only had a few hours, so we walked fast...or as fast as we could with the crowds.  This was one of the first things we saw...

There were definitely some educational things there.   This "cow" allows kids to see where milk actually comes from...minus the swinging tail, flying hooves and the sweet smell of manure.  :)

Of course there were lots of real animals as well.  When we walked through the sheep area, it was clear that a competition would be happening later today.  This sheep was being clipped...numerous others were being washed, and others were in their pens wearing protective "clothing" to keep them clean...

We saw some herb and veggie displays...

And this was my favorite...the Butter Sculpture...

It was in a refrigerated, glass case.  Every year it's something different.

And before we headed for home, of course we had to go to the food court for lunch.  Lots of other people had the same idea.  What would you choose...french fries, pulled pork, fish, baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, pizza, waffles and ice cream, milk shakes, mozzarella cubes, deep fried mushrooms, potato donuts, etc...

My baked sweet potato tasted great despite the crowd..and so did the potato donuts I bought to bring along home!  There might even be some left for breakfast tomorrow.

I could have taken so many more pictures...of cows, huge farm equipment,  4-H exhibits, baked goods, horses, the arenas where the judging and contests take place...but there just wasn't time to see it all.  

If you've never been to a farm show, it's a fun way to spend the day...or even an afternoon.  Just be ready to maneuver in a crowd, and take your appetite!

On another note...I was honored to receive another award..this time from Eileen at Little House Quilting.  I met Eileen a few years ago...she's a good friend of my aunt, and I met her when they both came from Colorado to visit my parents.  You should see some of the quilts and things that she makes...she's amazing!  And generous...she gifted my mother with some beautiful fabric, which Mom then turned into a huge, beautiful quilt!  Thanks Eileen!



  1. Looks like a fun way to spend the day~so much good food and fun exhibits!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my farm journal. I will be visiting you often. We milked cows for about 11 years,Holsteins. I am curious if you use electricity on your farm. I hope to get to know your farm better. I may be showing my ignorance about Mennonites but I will be happy to learn.

  3. The "milking" cow is cool and funny all at the same time!
    We don't have farm shows around here, at least not that I know of. I would really enjoy going to one!

  4. Thanks Alica for you kind words.
    I have really been enjoying your posts on the Maternity Ward. Those little heifers { Alice explained the difference of terms to me... lol} are so darn cute.
    Hopefully Eric and I are headed down to the Denver Stock Show tomorrow, haven't been there since my children were wee ones.

  5. My father-in-law took my sons up to the PA Farm Show when they were little guys. They still remember it, and the butter sculpture!

  6. I just found your blog and love it! Then I read your post and saw my mom's name (Eileen) mentioned from Littlehousequilting. Haha-- small, small world. I am looking into getting a miniature cow. Any advice or suggestions?

  7. Looks like a fun day-with lots to see!

  8. Pretty cool...I love the butter sculpture!


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